Henry Slade happy to play anywhere on full England debut

Henry Slade
Slade has scored a try for Exeter in each of their last Premiership games this season

Henry Slade says he does not mind where he plays if he is given his full England debut against New Zealand.

The 21-year-old played at fly-half for England but has in the Premiership this season.

"I don't mind where I'm playing," Slade, who only made his Exeter debut in January 2013, told BBC Sport.

"At this point in my career, especially being young, it's just good to get the game time."

Slade was part of the England Under-20 side which won the 2013 Junior World Cup, where he played alongside fellow England and Exeter player Jack Nowell.

Henry Slade
Made Exeter debut against Bath in the LV= Cup in January 2013
Kicked a conversion on his Premiership debut against London Irish in April 2013
Won 2013 Junior World Cup with England Under-20s
Played for England against the Barbarians in June 2014
Scored first Exeter try, against Harlequins, in September 2014

The pair have come up through the academy at Sandy Park and Slade says Nowell's inclusion in the squad for the autumn internationals has helped him settle.

"It's nice to have someone I'm good mates with and known so long to help me settle in," he explained.

"Me and Jack have lived together for ages and played together for years now.

"It's nice to have someone you're so familiar with training out there with you and it helps settle you in and that's been pretty key over the past couple of days."

And with the World Cup next year, Slade hopes he can impress the England coaching staff enough to keep his place in the squad.

"It's the target for everyone - that'd be unbelievable to be involved with that, especially being in England on home soil," he said.

"But you've got to be performing over the course of this season to be in with a shout, so that's what I'm going to do."

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