Saracens coach Mark McCall called it one of the "greatest kicks of all time" - but Henry Slade's 60-metre touch finder in the 2017 Premiership Rugby semi-final merely underlined the talent that the Exeter Chiefs playmaker has within his skill-set.
Since making his first team debut against London Welsh in November 2012, the Plymouth-born back has been a central figure in the rise of the Chiefs. His booming left boot, his silky passing skills, plus his ability to create time and space with effortless ease, have won him many admirers within the modern-day game.
With over 140 appearances for the Devon club already accrued, a bright future lies ahead for Slade both for club and country.
A former pupil of Plymouth College, Slade was part of the Chiefs Academy from a young age and grew up alongside the likes of Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill and Jack Nowell. Together the quartet were all part of the England Under-20s side that lifted the Junior World Championship against Wales in 2012.
In the years that have followed, Slade has not only established himself as a regular in the Chiefs first team squad, but his on-field form have seen him win numerous honours, including the LV= Cup and Aviva Premiership title, as well as picking up the RPA's Young Player of the Year award in 2015.
That same year he was part of the England squad for the Rugby World Cup, winning his first cap in a warm-up fixture against France, before scoring a try in the group stage clash against Uruguay in Manchester.
Disaster struck Slade a few months later when he suffered a broken leg in a Premiership clash away to Wasps, but a remarkable recovery saw him return before the end of the season and he helped the Chiefs to reach a first-ever Premiership final. Although the Chiefs lost the 2016 showpiece to Saracens, they returned 12 months later and this time Slade was victorious, helping Exeter to see off Wasps after extra time.
Although still capable of filling in at fly-half, Slade has established himself as a world class centre for both the Chiefs and England, whom he featured for at the Rugby World Cup, before helping them to Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup glory last season.
They were just two of four trophies Slade would lift in an unbelievable end to the season, which also included him lifting a second Premiership title, as well as a maiden Champions Cup crown. A try in each final for the Chiefs merely added the gloss to a stunning 2019/20 campaign for him.
- Minutes Played800
- Conversions Missed0
- Penalty Goals0
- Penalty Goals Missed0
- Drop Goals0
- Drop Goals Missed0
- Metres Gained241
- Average Gain3.65
- Clean Breaks9
- Defenders Beaten12
- Try Assists3
- Kicks In Play19
- Tackles Missed17
- Turnovers Won4
- Turnovers Conceded11
- Yellow Cards0
- Red Cards0