Winger Jack Nowell knows that despite a successful Six Nations only a strong end to the season with his club side Exeter Chiefs in Aviva Premiership Rugby will guarantee his place on the plane to Australia this summer.
Nowell, 22, started all five games in England’s Grand Slam winning campaign scoring a try in the first game against Scotland.
Exeter Chiefs are flying high domestically and with competition for the England wing spot from Chris Ashton, and Semesa Rokoduguni, Nowell is now fully focused on his club form.
Rokoduguni is joint leading try scorer in the league this season with eight while Nowell, busy with England at the World Cup and Six Nations, has three from seven games.
Nowell said: “The most important thing is to come back and focus on playing well for your club, that’s the reason why whoever played got into the team got their positions and there’s no point changing that.
“We’re in a very good position here, the boys have done extremely well since the internationals have been on, so we have put ourselves in a good position.
“You miss the boys and your families but the big thing is you are there for a reason you are there to play well for your country so there’s no point in dwelling on things around here.
“You need to change your mindset a bit and perform to the best of your ability while you’re there. Once it’s over you always come back to the club and pick up from there.”
Exeter welcome Worcester Warriors to Sandy Park in Round 19 on Saturday and start the game just three points off Saracens.
Nowell missed the 36-18 defeat to the defending champions but he’s back in the frame for Saturday with his side in a very good position to secure a top four finish and potentially a home semi-final at the end of the regular season.
“It’s a very important end to the season. We’ve had a tough couple of weeks in the Premiership; Worcester is not going to be easy,” Nowell added.
“We need to fly into the game and keep ourselves in this position; we have worked extremely hard to get up there.
“The big thing for us is we have got ourselves into the top four, we are a very ambitious club and we’ve worked hard to get up here.
“The big target was the top six again but the boys have worked extremely hard all season. Now we are up in the top four we’ve loving being up here and we don’t want to slip down.
“Worcester are a very dangerous side, they are on a good run of games at the moment, so it’s not something we can take lightly. The big thing is we’re back at home, we have a good record here and we want to keep that going.”
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