In the game, everyone wants to discover who the next great talent is.
With the devastating devastation of the COVID-19 epidemic during rugby season, we have prepared a useful guide to make sure you keep an eye on the game’s best young stars.
In this series, look for the most exciting rugby players in the world 23 years old or younger. Some have already been cape, others have not yet been bound for their nation.
Today, our focus is on England, a World Cup finals of 2019 and a country full of talented young players.
Tom Curry (Sale)
An interesting player.
Hard to believe that Curry is still only 21, yet has started each of his 23 caps for England.
The Cheshire man has established himself as one of Eddie Jones’ most important players in the team since making his debut against Argentina in the 27th.
Although originally played at number six, his versatility is a huge plus for Jose, especially when key personalities are injured. For example, in the six races this year, he stood at number eight in the absence of Billy Vunipola.
For a young player like this, Curry always rises against elite opponents, most notably in the last World Cup semifinal against New Zealand last October, when he worked hard and was in danger of turnover during the breakup.
His ability to excel at the ball and all-action style is incredible – it’s scary to think he’s still improving.
Strengths: versatility, tackle, carry, workrate, breakdown
Sam Underhill (Bath)
A totemic figure on the ball, Underhill is one of England’s key players.
His combination with Curry was one of the main reasons for the Red Rose’s impressive run to the World Cup finals last year – a constant threat to the pair’s mobility and defense.
Peerless in hand, the 23-year-old can combine the game well and put on a starler shift to hunt turnovers. In the semifinals against the All Blacks, his dominant tackles were speed-changers.
Even if he does not win turnover, Underhill is slowly but surely opposing.
Strengths: tackle, carry, workrate, breakdown
Joe Cocanasiga (Bath)
After seven tries in nine appearances, this Fijian-born flyer is a young star full of talent and possibilities.
The 22-year-old is back in full fitness with a knee injury during the World Cup. He could not fully train throughout Japan and played only one game against the United States at the pool level.
Announced as all other matches were available for pick, Cocanciaga was simply pushing through the pain barrier to secure the game.
Nevertheless, the 6-foot-4in and 118kg winger is a frightening figure and his speed, strength and strong moves are also serious attributes. If the ball can be dispatched fast enough, Cocanciaga cannot be stopped.
Come the World Cup in 2021, the man at Bath can be a dominant force, but he needs some minor improvement to be fully prosperous, especially his position on the wind game and the opposition starting position.
Strengths: speed, footwork, carry, offloading, athleticism
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