Kvesic keen to prove his worth

17 July 2017 06:30:34 EST

Exeter Chiefs flanker Matt Kvesic has admitted that settling into the ways of the Aviva Premiership champions was an intimidating prospect.

Rob Baxter's men officially became the best side in England after defeating Wasps 23-20 in the domestic final, securing their first Premiership title in the process.

Kvesic, who has featured for England three times, joined the Chiefs from Gloucester and the 25-year-old conceded that he must match Exeter's standards.

He said: "I was a little bit more nervous than I would have been otherwise had they not been champions, but the environment's been really good and it's really positive looking to next year.

"They're at a place where they've got lots to work on still and they're the sort of team that wants to kick on again and do the double. I just hope I can add as much as possible.

"There is a really competitive back-row but that's good because, not only does it give competition for places, it means players improve a lot more and that training is a lot higher quality.

"It's also an area full of injuries and the boys are going to have opportunities to play. There will be a rotation policy so hopefully we'll have a pretty fresh back-row on the pitch."

The flanker's first game for Exeter could ironically come against his former side with the Devonians set to face Gloucester on the opening day.

Kvesic added: "You couldn't write that could you? It will be good. Hopefully we'll have a good pre-season and get that under my belt first and foremost.

"It's always tough coming into a new place, especially after they've won the league, so I've got to make sure I do the best I can through pre-season.

"Then looking towards that Gloucester game, I will hopefully be involved in some aspect of that and it would be nice if we could get a win there to start the season well."

Exeter are 4/1 to win the Aviva Premiership Grand Final again in 2017/18 while Saracens can be backed at 1/1, Leicester Tigers at 12/1 and Northampton Saints at 40/1.

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