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The Wales U20 hooker is currently on the books of Exeter Chiefs and competes in training with Cowan-Dickie and the experienced Jack Yeandle. And he thinks it will be a big advantage for him and the Wales Under-20s.

“Luke is such a good player to learn from, and I think I can get a lot out of training with him,” he said.

“Jack Yeandle also helped me, especially around the scrum. He was a great mentor to me, helping me make the leap into senior rugby.

“I learned a lot from Luke and Jack just by watching how they run their business during the training. Luke is definitely someone I look up to and aspire to be like him.

The Neath man has been a member of the Exeter Chiefs squad for two seasons, combining his rugby with a business degree. Burrows has been a regular for Exeter in the Premiership Rugby Cup and is highly regarded at Sandy Park.

He has big ambitions and dreams of wearing the red of Wales at senior level in the future, but he’s humble enough to know that will only happen if he works hard.

“In the short term, my target is to break through on Matchday 23 for Exeter Chiefs, and I’d like to think there’s a good chance of doing that next season,” he said.

“I want to settle in Exeter and hopefully kick things off. The cream will always rise to the top, so I’d like to think that if I keep my head down and work hard, things will work out eventually.

“Rob Baxter always says if you work hard good things will come, so I have to keep my head down and keep grafting.”

Burrows impressed from the substitutes’ bench as Wales scored seven tries to kick off their summer campaign with a resounding win over Scotland in the U20 Six Nations summer series. And he is convinced that Byron Hayward’s team will get better and better as the summer progresses.

“There is a very good atmosphere here,” he said. “I missed the Six Nations because I had a shoulder injury, but compared to what I experienced last summer, I would say it’s the best camp I’ve been to.

“Having a lot of guys coming back who have played a lot of senior rugby is a big boost. I think the way Byron and the other senior coaches conducted it was also good.

“It’s been less structured with a lot of emphasis on self-expression and playing as you see fit. It really suited the boys and it’s been very positive.

Charles P. Patton