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Ollie Devoto to swap Bath for Exeter next season

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Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of England newboy Ollie Devoto from Aviva Premiership rivals Bath.

Uncapped Devoto, included in Eddie Jones' first England squad as an injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi this week, will head to Sandy Park at the start of next season having signed a three-year deal.

The versatile 22-year-old is Chiefs boss Rob Baxter's second acquisition ahead of the 2016-17 season, following the signing of Australian prop Greg Holmes.

"It's a good move for me," Devoto said. "Exeter are a very good club and they've shown over a number of years that they are very ambitious. I like the values they have created, especially in terms of working hard, and that kind of mirrors what I demand of myself.

"Having played against them a few times over the years, you know you're always going to be in for a tough game and that you'll be tested in every area. They are a side built around hard work, but who are also very skilful and who have a number of ways of causing you problems.

"Playing down at Sandy Park, it's always a great atmosphere and a tough place to visit as a player. Games I've had in the past against Exeter down there have tended to stick in my mind, so it will be nice to be on the other side of that."

When he moves to Devon, Devoto will be reunited with former England Under-20s teammates Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade.

Devoto's departure at the end of this season is a blow for Bath, who have seen him develop into a consistent high-class performer.

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "We are really disappointed to see Ollie go, but respect his decision.

"We've enjoyed watching his development here at the club, and would like to thank him for all his hard work, which we know he will continue to put in until the end of the season."

The Press Association contributed to this report.