Exeter Chiefs: Haydn Thomas hopes to make England mark

Haydn Thomas

Exeter scrum-half Haydn Thomas says he wants to make his England chance count against the Barbarians on Sunday.

The 30-year-old was but failed to get on the field before the tour to South Africa.

"I was disappointed last year that I didn't get into the match day squad," he told BBC South West Sport.

"To get a second opportunity, that potentially I thought had gone, I couldn't quite believe it at first."

Thomas has had another successful season at Sandy Park. He scored four tries in 26 games as he helped the Chiefs claim a top-six finish in the Premiership for the second year in a row, while the club also played in the Heineken Cup for the first time.

"The fact the Chiefs had another fantastic year has given me a year to put myself on the radar again and you've got to take your opportunities when you get here," added Thomas.

"There are some fantastic nines in the country and there is stiff competition, but being in the environment gives me the opportunity to put my best foot forward."

Thomas has only been brought in to the England set-up for the game with the Barbarians as Harlequins and Leicester are preparing for the Premiership final.

But with an England tour to South America later in the summer, he would love the chance to join Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter in the touring party.

"If that opportunity came along it's be fantastic and I'd take it with both hands," added Thomas.