James Hanks ready to take Exeter Chiefs opportunity

James Hanks
Hanks has been with Exeter Chiefs since 2005

Exeter Chiefs second row James Hanks is hoping to show boss Rob Baxter why he is worth a place in his side.

The 27-year-old forward has played just six games this season after being hampered by a knee injury but is set to return against Wasps in the LV= Cup.

"It's a big chance, a big opportunity for a lot of the guys and we've got to go out and take it," Hanks told BBC South West.

"I'm just really looking forward to getting involved at the weekend."

Hanks's last match was the Premiership win over Worcester in December but his knee problems began in September after being hurt in the win at Leicester.

Since that time Exeter have gone on to rise to sixth in the Premiership and reach the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup.

"It's been a pretty frustrating time," he said.

"But the boys have been fantastic and everyone's really played their part and we've put in some huge performances.

"I think it makes it tougher now for the guys who've missed some games and it's really tough for us to get back in but hopefully we'll go out an focus on Saturday and focus on a good performance.

"We're a squad of 30-odd players and everybody wants to play every weekend. So when you get your chances you've got to take them because otherwise they don't come around too soon," he added.