Ceri Sweeney: Fly-half happy with Exeter mentoring role

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Ceri Sweeney
Ceri Sweeney won 35 test caps for Wales

Veteran Exeter fly-half Ceri Sweeney says he is enjoying mentoring the club's younger players.

Sweeney has not started a Premiership game for Exeter since as Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade have established themselves in the side.

But Sweeney says helping Slade, who was called up to the England training squad, has been a bright point for him.

"Having been in the position Henry was 15 years ago, I understand the role I play with him," Sweeney told BBC Sport.

"As well as helping him along I'm just trying to field any questions or give him a bit of advice along the way," added the former Wales international, who is in line to play in Sunday's LV= Cup semi-final at Leicester.

Sweeney, 35, says he was helped in his early days by the likes of British Lions fly-half Neil Jenkins and Fiji's Nicky Little.

"They really helped me along the way. They were experienced players at that time and anything I needed I'd go and ask them and they'd help me along," Sweeney said.

"I'm 35 and realistically it is about the young players as they're the future of the club and the team you play for.

"As long as you take that on board, and I've played a few games this year which I'm happy with, I think that's part and parcel of playing rugby."