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Ben Moon’s landing in England squad seemed ‘joke’ to Chiefs’ late developer

• Prop set to be one of five Exeter men in line to face Springboks
• ‘I’m 30 next year and you do wonder if your window is closing’

A first cap is always a moment to cherish, but for Ben Moon a prospective Test debut on Saturday is particularly special. With his 30th birthday on the horizon the popular Exeter prop was beginning to think it might not happen; after a decade of loyal club service he is set to be among five Chiefs in the matchday squad to face South Africa.

Barring a late twist, Moon may well feature off the bench behind his Exeter teammate Alec Hepburn but for everyone at the Chiefs and his junior club, Cullompton RFC, that is an incidental detail. Finally there is to be a historic Moon landing at Twickenham, 10 years after he played alongside Ben Youngs, Courtney Lawes and Jamie George at under-20 level.

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