Exeter boss Rob Baxter has been impressed with the best way Stuart Townsend has compelled his approach again into his plans.
It was simply the tenth recreation for Townsend, who began the 2017 Premiership final win, since his comeback from a critical knee harm in December 2019.
“I’ve watched coaching and I am feeling it is laborious to depart him out,” Baxter instructed BBC Sport.
“He is coaching at such an depth stage and bringing a lot power and a lot vim and vigour to whichever staff he is coaching in or whichever group he is coaching in, that you simply begin to look and go ‘it is actually troublesome to depart this man out’ and that is the problem we set all of the gamers who usually are not within the staff.
“That is all he can proceed to do, maintain working that onerous, maintain displaying that stage of intent in coaching he did properly when he got here on.”
Having been the starter for Exeter’s first title win, Townsend spent the following season as understudy to Australia worldwide Nic White earlier than seriously injuring knee ligaments in December 2018.
Since then Townsend has seen Jack Maunder overtake him, and Exeter additionally introduced in Scotland’s Sam Hidalgo-Clyne after White’s return to his homeland final summer season.
“Consider the challenges he is received there,” stated Baxter.
“He is needed to struggle his approach again in and now he is again inside that 23. I feel, he is accomplished exceptionally properly.”
Townsend’s ban was imposed in December for harmful play at a ruck throughout their Premiership win at Leicester, however Baxter is delighted to have him again.
“It is nice to have high quality gamers and guys who’ll stand and struggle to the dying just about in your staff and we have that now,” he added.
“We have some nice choices at 9, we have numerous energy in depth, worldwide high quality proper throughout the group, and for us that is a implausible little bit of depth to have.”