After impressing for the England Saxons in South Africa in 2016, Australian-born Alec Hepburn received his maiden call-up to the senior squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
And with seven minutes to spare in the opening match against Italy, Alec made his senior international debut, replacing Mako Vunipola.
One cap soon turned into two for Alec as he replaced Vunipola again against Wales in February 2018 as England won 12-6 at Twickenham Stadium.
Initially recruited by the Chiefs for the 2014/15 season, Alec had played for Australian club Perth Spirit after helping England U20 to complete the 2013 Six Nations and IRB Junior World Championship double.
He appeared in 15 matches for that age group side, including all ten in two successive World Championships. Alec played alongside Exeter team-mates Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade at U20 level.
His U20 debut was in the 59-3 win over Scotland at Firhill, Glasgow in February 2012 and his first start came in the 20-9 win over Ireland at Adams Park when England lifted the Six Nations title for the third time in five years.
On the Saxons tour in June 2016, Alec started both games against South Africa A, scoring a try in the first meet from a move involving Dan Robson and Alex Lewington and created another for Semesa Rokoduguni en route to victory.
At club level, Alec was an integral part of Exeter's Aviva Premiership title win in the 2016/17 season, while also impressing on for Chiefs on the European circuit.
Alec, who qualifies for England through his father, was originally from Perth and took up the game when 16 while at Gillotts School in Henley-on-Thames, where he went on to study PE, Film Studies and Chemistry.
5 points – 1T
2018 It(R), W(R)
Last updated: 2 April 2018