Flanker Ben White ready to take Exeter Chiefs chance

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport
Ben White

Exeter flanker Ben White says he is ready to stake his claim for a regular place in the Chiefs pack.

The 29-year-old Australian could make back-to-back Premiership starts for the first time if he is selected for Saturday's game at Harlequins.

"It was great for Rob (Baxter, Exeter head coach) to give me a chance and I think I've performed since getting that chance," he told BBC South West Sport.

"I feel I've improved my all-round game and carried a bit more," he added.

White in the summer of 2011, but did not make his first Premiership start until October last year when he scored a second-half try as Exeter

This season he has scored three tries and was a replacement in the Heineken Cup loss to Leinster in January.

Chiefs currently have a range of options in the flanker position, with England international Tom Johnson and at Exeter, as well as the likes of Dean Mumm, Richie Baxter and Kai Hortsmann, who can also play in the role.

White has had an opportunity to establish himself.

"TJ getting injured helped a bit, it was bad for him but I've taken my chance and I've played well," White said.

"It was a great opportunity, but it's a lot of pressure as well, because TJ's such a good player, to try and fill his boots.

"But Rob backs you by picking you and I want to pay him back and do well for the boys."