Young guns to watch in 2015/16

I have put together a list of players who have not yet represented the England senior team, but who are young guns that might make a big impact this season in the Aviva Premiership and force their way into the senior set up.

Bath

Nick Auterac – Prop – Built like a bull, strong scrummager and is increasingly making his presence felt around the park as well.

Chris Cook – Scrum Half – Kept the experienced Peter Stringer on the bench for most of last season. Plays an exciting mix of a running and passing game.

Ollie Devoto – Voted breakthrough player of the LV cup a couple of season back. Now he is regularly getting some more game time and his skills are now on show for everyone to see. A bit of a unit with a good distribution, running and kicking game.

Exeter

Will Chudley – Scrum Half – Flys under the radar at times but is the ticking heart of the chiefs side. He sets the tempo and has a bit of the dog about him. A real competitor.

Dave Ewers – Back Row – A man mountain and tough as nails. Carries like a man possessed and defends like even more so. You must be good if Julian Salvi is raving about you.

Gloucester

Callum Braley – Needs more game time but has been impressive whenever he has been given the chance. Great pass off either hand.

Tom Savage – A big lump of a second row who has leadership experience from being club captain in the 2013/14 season. Where he goes people follow.

Harlequins

Jack Clifford – Back Row – An all action back rower who carries with some real venom. The high tempo all court game suits him perfectly.

Will Collier and Kyle Sinckler – Prop – Learning from the experienced Adam Jones, they are developing into real solid scrummagers. Throw Joe Marler into the mix and the front row for Quins is looking like it will be solid for years to come.

Luke Wallace – Back Row – A scavenger who is adding some ball carrying ballast to the back row. Put him in tandem with another pilferer and he could be devastating.

Leicester

Dom Barrow – 2nd Row – Newcastle were extremely angry to see this talent leave the north east. He is still developing but has the potential to really dominate the second row.

Sam Harrison – Scrum Half – Reminds me of Justin Marshall, intelligent, committed to the cause and has a great passing game which creates space for his big runners and loves to run with the ball in his hands.

London Irish

Davis Sisi – Back Row – Technically at Bath but currently on loan at Irish where he started his career. Learnt his trade when out on loan at Leeds in the Championship and if he can get over injuries he is a ferocious tackler.

Matt Symons – Second Row – There is a reason why the kiwis wanted him to swap allegiances. A real thinking player who will benefit from some improved Irish performances.

Tom Fowlie – Winger – A seriously quick powerful runner with an eye for the try line.

Newcastle

Zach Kibirige – Wing – Having progressed through the England age group ranks he is now getting his chance at first team level. He has a try which is a youtube sensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_hdyrkjO_I

Scott Wilson – Prop – Aged 21 he has already made about 40 appearances in the premiership in a position where props don’t come into their prime until their late 20s. Hopefully he gets more game time this season to really help his progression.

Northampton

Paul Hill – Prop – Started his career at Leeds Carnegie (now called Yorkshire Carnegie) he has a wealth of England age group experience. A dynamic ball carrier and solid scrummage. It will be very interesting to see how he competes with Kieran Brookes, Alex Waller and Alex Corbisiero for a starting place in the Saints front row.

Tom Stephenson – Centre – He has been around for a couple of seasons now, a classy looking footballer that appears to glide over the turf. Great outside arc on him and some pace to burn as well.

Lewis Ludlam – Back row – Turn over king for the England under 20s in their recent world cup. His development will really come down to how much time he gets in the jersey, but I wouldn’t put it past him to make a mark this season.

Sale

Josh Beaumont – Back row – Son of the former England captain Bill, he is making a name for himself in the North West. Unbelievable ball carrier deceptively quick and loves to give it a go. Really likes to mix it with the tight game as well.

Sam James – Centre – Big, quick, strong, runs great lines. Four starts this season and two tries. Keep your eyes peeled for him.

Tommy Taylor – Hooker – Having made 71 appearances for the stars first team despite missing most of last season with a knee injury, he has managed to now start forcing his way into the England Saxons set up. Accurate throwing, big ball carrying and a serious engine. He is only going to improve.

Saracens

Will Fraser – Back Row – He has been on the verge of the senior England set up for a little while now but injuries have stalled his progression so far. Very skilled around the ruck area and also fits into the ferocious defensive system of Saracens.

Maro Itoje – Back Row – England under 20s man of the 2014 six nations tournament where he scored a try in every game. The 2014/15 season was a real break through for him, so 2015/16 is looking to be a big season for him. Strong defence, ball carrying and good in the line out, he is also developing good leadership potential as well.

Ben Spencer – Scrum Half – A tactically astute scream half with an unbelievably good kicking game. He tracks the back field as well as Richard Wigglesworth.

Wasps

Elliot Daly – Centre – Fast, uses space with intelligence and a cannon of a boot on him. He is really showcasing his skills every time he walks onto the pitch at the minute.

Nathan Hughes – Back Row – Technically not qualified for England yet, but he is big, aggressive, and fierce in contact. Once he qualifies he will be a real threat to the current back row establishment.

Alex Lozowski – Fly half – Son of former England centre Rob, he loves to take the ball to the line and put other people into space. In the near future he is likely to be challenging Ford and Farrell for an England spot.

Worcester

Ben Howard – Full Back – Part of the England under 20s side that won the six nations and junior rugby world cup in 2013, he made his presence felt when Chris Pennell was out with injury. Hopefully he gets some more game time to really assist with his development.

Sam Smith – Wing – Joined the warriors from Quins in 2014 and having represented England at most age groups, this could be the year when he is given a string of games to showcase his ability.

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