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Exeter Chiefs tie down breakthrough star Ross Vintcent

Exeter Chiefs back-rower Ross Vintcent has committed his long-term future to the club with a new deal.

The current Exeter University student burst into the Chiefs squad this season, and has quickly risen up the ranks. He made 29 appearances in all competitions for Exeter this season, including starts in the Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulouse.

His form in the Premiership also earned him a call-up to the Italian squad for the Six Nations, where he made four appearances for his country.

Commenting on the new deal, Ross Vintcent said: “I’m incredibly grateful to have made my debut in three different competitions for the Chiefs this season, though especially in the Premiership and the Champions Cup.

“My ultimate goal while a part of this Chiefs squad is to push on and try to win a title in the next few years.”

Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, added: “Ross is one of those young guys that we’re absolutely delighted has committed his long-term future here. Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen his potential grow and develop with how well he’s played for the University of Exeter.

“We made the decision to try to promote the young players coming through that system. He broke through a little last year with some great performances in the Premiership Cup, but to come in this season in the way that he did, he’s proved to be fast, aggressive, and he’s been the real point of difference to other people in the league with his pace and work rate.

Vintcent becomes the latest member of the Chiefs squad to commit his future to the club, with the likes of Stu Townsend, Marcus Street and Henry Slade also penning new deals in recent weeks.