Nowell remains determined to maintain progress at Exeter Chiefs after rousing displays
Jack Nowell knows he has still got a lot to learn, despite starting Exeter Chiefs' last six matches.
The 19-year-old has forced his way into the side with some impressive displays on the wing or in his usual position of full-back.
Now, after another good outing in the thrilling 27-16 win at Harlequins last weekend, which completed the league double over last season's domestic champions, Nowell is keen to keep on developing.
The Sandy Park academy player was initially handed a chance to impress in the LV= Cup in November and grabbed it with both hands, starting the next two Aviva Premiership matches and also playing at home against the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup.
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After taking a bang to the head, which ruled him out of England's opening Under-20 Six Nations matches, Nowell capitalised on Gonzalo Camacho's hamstring injury to reclaim his place in the side.
"I've had a good run of games with the team but I've got to remember how old I am," he said. "I've still got a lot to learn and I know that.
"To be given the chance by [coaches] Rob Baxter and Ali Hepher to play for the Chiefs every week has been really good.
"I've got to take every game forward but there are a lot of positives to take from the games so far."
Nowell found himself up against former British and Irish Lions wing Ugo Monye last weekend at The Stoop and shaded the contest, keeping his more experienced opponent quiet.
He also played his part in attack for Exeter as they recorded their first league double over any side this term.
Nowell said: "It's cracking to have done the double over the league leaders. Especially up there, our second away win [in the league].
"It took a while for it to come but it's about trying to build the pressure. We carried on going through with it and luckily we got a couple of tries at the end.
"We needed the win the week before against London Welsh and that gave us the stepping stone to get the win at Quins."
The Chiefs' win in the capital left them eighth in the table as seventh-placed Bath also won. However, they are now just five points off fifth-placed Gloucester as the middle of the table is very congested.
Nowell said he and his team-mates, who have spent this week away from training, are looking to make their way into the top half to possibly qualify for the Heineken Cup.
"The goal is to get as high as possible. Top six would be brilliant to get in the Heineken Cup again," he said.
"We want to keep moving forward for the rest of the season now."
While the majority of his Chiefs colleagues have put their feet up and rested any bumps and bruises, Nowell has joined up with the national Under-20 squad ahead of their match with Italy this weekend.
Having missed the matches against Scotland, Ireland and France, Nowell is keen to make up for lost time with his junior international team-mates.
"I want to keep playing in the [Exeter] first team but first I've got the Under-20s for the last two games against Italy at Northampton and then Wales in Wales," he said.
"They're going to be two tough games but I'm looking forward to getting back involved with them.
"I missed the first three games this year but it will be good to get back with the team again."
Nowell's displays this season have seen him nominated for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.
Voting for the award is now open at LV.com/rugby, but voting closes at 11.59pm on Sunday.