Max Bodilly: Exeter full-back ready for Saracens in LV= Cup final

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Max Bodilly
Max Bodilly has come up through Exeter's academy ranks

Exeter full-back Max Bodilly says it is "crazy" to think that he could face Saracens in Sunday's LV= Cup final.

The 20-year-old, who is has played in three of Exeter's five LV= Cup games this season as the club aim to become the first side to retain the title.

"I was playing at the Pirates last year so I didn't get to watch the final.

"It's pretty crazy to think, 12 months on, I'll be playing in the final, let alone watching it," Bodilly said.

Bodilly hails from Newlyn, the same town that England winger Jack Nowell comes from.

But the similarities do not end there, with both of them former Truro College players and both having played full-back on dual-registration in the Championship with the Pirates.

"It's pretty inspirational for most rugby players from down where we're from, it shows it does happen," he told BBC Sport.

"It gives people something to work towards - which is really good.

"The Championship has helped me a lot. You've seen the likes of Dave Ewers, Henry Slade and Nowellsy all play Championship rugby regularly and they've pushed onto further and better things and hopefully that'll work for me as well."

Max Bodilly
Max Bodilly has spent time at the Cornish Pirates in each of the last two seasons

So can Bodilly, who has scored three tries for the Pirates in the second tier this season, pick up his first winner's medal with a top-flight club against Sarries at Franklin's Gardens?

"We know it's going to be a big challenge, we played them in the group stages," he said.

"We were in the game for 60 minutes and we just had a 10-minute blip where we let them in and ultimately that cost us the game.

"We're looking to put that right this Sunday and there's no better way to put that right than in the final."

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