EXETER Chiefs' youngsters have been given a chance to impress in the club's second pre-season match.
Bristol make the trip to Sandy Park on Saturday (3pm) and will face a side containing five players to emerge from the Chiefs' academy.
While Ben Moon and Dave Ewers are no strangers to the first team squad, Luke Cowan-Dickie starts at hooker and Henry Slade and Jack Arnott line-up in the backs.
And Arnott, normally a winger, has been given a chance to show what he can do at full-back as head coach Rob Baxter wants to assess his options.
"People are aware he (Arnott) has got fantastic pace, he's another one of our guys who's come through the under-20s and has done really well at that level," said Baxter.
"This is an opportunity to have a look at him in a different position and it's a great opportunity for him to keep adding strings to his bow. We have quite a lot of guys who can play in a few positions.
"It also allows us to look at Phil Dollman in a midfield role, where he's been very productive for us in the past.
"It's about looking at options and looking at things in pre-season and full-back was one of the positions we were keen to look at Jack playing."
In all, Baxter has made 12 changes from the side that started Saturday's opening 23-15 win against the Scarlets.
Centre Ian Whitten, winger Tom James and flanker Ewers retain their places, with Haydn Thomas and Arnott featuring for the first time this summer.
Replacements Dave Lewis, Joel Conlon and Justin and Sam Blanchet – who is being switched from flanker to the wing – are also hoping for their first involvement in pre-season.
Baxter thinks that Cowan-Dickie and Slade, who made his Premiership debut last season against London Irish, deserve the chance to show how much they have improved this summer.
"We were really pleased with how Luke and Henry did last weekend against the Scarlets," he said.
"They've had a good pre-season, they had a successful time with the under-20s and they were going well for us at the end of last year as well.
"We've never made any secret that if the players get opportunities and take them they could stay around the side.
"Pre-season is about giving an opportunity to players who deserve an opportunity. It's the right time and the right game for both these guys to play."
Saturday's match against the Championship outfit will be the first time Exeter have met Bristol since the Chiefs won promotion at the visitors' expense in 2010.
He is looking for a good performance from his players as they fine-tune their preparations for the opening Aviva Premiership match at Northampton on September 7.
"There are some guys who have come into this side because of good performances last week. There are other guys that we want to give an opportunity to start and give more game time to, so there's a bit of a mix and match.
"I think we've come through with a good idea of where we stand squad-wise and how we're playing from last week and we have to push on.
"This is the next game where we want to play a bit better than last week. You have to progress during your pre-season programme hoping to be as good as you can when you hit that first Premiership game.
"This is a very important game for us now. There are a lot of players playing in this game who have that opportunity to start next week and because of that we're expecting a full-on performance."
Exeter Chiefs: Arnott; Vainikolo, Whitten, Dollman, James; Slade, Thomas; Moon, L Cowan-Dickie, Mitchell, Hayes, Phillips, White, Ewers, Johnson. Reps: Whitehead, Yeandle, Rimmer, Tui, Brown, Carrick-Smith, J Blanchet, Conlon, Lewis, Townsend, Sweeney, Hill, Shoemark, Jess, S Blanchet