Dave Ewers: Exeter Chiefs forward signs contract extension

Dave Ewers
Dave Ewers made his first appearance for Exeter in a British and Irish Cup match in 2009

Exeter Chiefs back-row Dave Ewers has signed a two-year contract extension at Sandy Park.

The 24-year-old has committed to the club until the summer of 2018, having had a year left on his current deal.

The Zimbabwe-born England Saxons player has been touted as a future full England international having been shortlisted for the Premiership's Forward of the Season award last term.

Ewers scored five tries in 26 starts for Exeter last season.

"We're going to see a lot more from Dave in the near future here both in an Exeter Chiefs' shirt, hopefully playing in some big competitions and some games, but also hopefully in an England shirt in some big games as well," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Sport.

"In most people's opinions he should have at least been involved in the 50-man England squad and in a lot of people's opinions the 31-man squad and been at the World Cup.

"He was very keen to stay here and we were very keen to keep him."

Ewers came up through the club's academy and spent his early senior years on dual-registration at Championship side Cornish Pirates.

"It was a pretty easy decision for me to make, I'm really happy here at the Chiefs and things are going well," Ewers told BBC Sport.

"We're building an exciting squad here and I was more than happy to stay.

"The amount of squad depth we've got, especially in the back-row is pretty good, so no-one's got a shoe-in so I'm going to have to make sure I'm on my game every week."