Rugby World Cup fitness boost for Exeter's Chrysander Botha

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Chrysander Botha
Chrysander Botha was injured while playing against Canada in a test match in Wales

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter hopes Chrysander Botha can use the World Cup as a chance to return to full fitness.

The Namibia full-back has been selected in his nation's 31-man squad for next month's tournament.

Botha, 27, broke his leg playing for Namibia last November having played just five matches for the Chiefs.

"What Chrysander needs more than anything else is time on the rugby pitch. I hope he plays a lot of time for Namibia," Baxter told BBC Sport.

Botha signed from South African Super Rugby side Lions last summer and scored a try on his debut against London Welsh on the opening day of the 2014-15 season.

He has played 33 times for his country and featured in four matches for Namibia since July.

"It was very hard for him to get playing again at the end of last season because we were a settled side and it was going pretty well," Baxter added.

"He's a great character and he was doing very well for us until he picked up what was a pretty severe injury, so hopefully he can show some real form and that will get him up and running for when he comes back in with us."

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