Rusi Tuima: Exeter second row extends deal until 2026

Rusi Tuima in action for Exeter
Rusi Tuima's change in position this year was inspired by Exeter forwards coach Rob Hunter

Flexible forward Rusi Tuima has signed a contract extension to keep him with the Exeter Chiefs until 2026.

The 23-year-old has made 11 Premiership appearances this term, helping Exeter into fourth place with five rounds of matches left in the regular season.

Born in Fiji, Tuima represented England at youth level and was called up to the England A squad earlier this year.

"It's an exciting group we've got and the things we've accomplished have been amazing," Tuima told the club website.

Tuima - who has been at Exeter since the age of 13 - has transferred from the back row to second row this season.

He joins second row partner Lewis Pearson, as well as backs Harvey Skinner and Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, as some of the first names to be announced as staying at Sandy Park for next season.

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said: "This is great news for us. Rusi is a player who is really starting to break through this year.

"We've known for a long time that he's had bags and bags of potential, but he's really taken off this season with us promoting him into the starting line-up in the second row."