MIKE BROWN: From Miles Reid, the jackal menace of Bath to Faf de Klerk’s scrum half-prodigy, Raffi Quirke – my FIVE English stars to watch out for
- Several lower profile players are starting to make a name for themselves
- Newcastle’s Adam Radwan would benefit enormously from England’s England environment
- Faf de Klerk’s scrum half child prodigy Raffi Quirke is now turning heads
- Will Capon in Bristol runs sharp support lines and has an eye for an offload
English rugby is blessed with a huge talent currently coming through, and slowly but surely several stars are starting to make a name for themselves.
England need to find another winger who can play the physical role of Jack Nowell – one who can step off his wing and get trapped around the disturbance.
Likewise, with Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie both gone with the Lions, there’s a big chance for a young whore to come through.
So, with this in mind, here are some of the stars that rugby fans should really keep an eye on.
Age 20, fullback, Leicester
No one came in and actually grabbed the 15 shirt. He has the qualities of an old-fashioned fullback: high ball, one-on-one tackling, counter-attack and a good shoe.
You need those basics at the test level. He’s a big bump and he reminds me of All Black Jordie Barrett.
Tom de Glanville should also be in the mix, but Steward is the man of form.
Leicester’s Freddie Steward has the characteristics of an old school fullback
Age 23, Wing, Newcastle
England must find another winger who can play the physical role of Jack Nowell. Someone who can step out of his wing and hang around bad luck.
Radwan and Ollie Hassell-Collins of London Irish are both guys with the right physical characteristics.
They might be a little rough in terms of game reading and backfield coverage, but I think they would benefit greatly from the English environment. I am very excited to work with Adam at Newcastle.
Adam Radwan is a winger who could play the physical role of Jack Nowell this summer
Age 19, Scrum Half, Sale Sharks
I had never heard of this boy until a few months ago, but he is on fire. He’s only 19, but he’s clearly learning so much from working under Faf de Klerk.
For a scrum half, he looks incredibly strong and tough. It is similar to Faf, but with a larger frame.
He’s a livewire around the ruck, kind of like Danny Care, taking breaks every time he plays.
Raffi Quirke clearly learns so much from working under the great Faf de Klerk
21 years, whore, Bristol Bears
With Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie both gone from the Lions, there’s a big opportunity for a young whore.
Alfie Barbeary showed X-Factor with his Christmas wear, but he suffered a few injuries and Capon is on the hook.
His lineout basics look strong, he runs sharp support lines and has an eye for an offload.
22 years, back row, Bath
He is a jackal threat, a ball carrier and he works incredibly hard. They send him in the lineout, so he looks like a real all-round back-row forward.
I read his interview in the Daily Mail and he seems like a well-rounded character.
Miles Reid impressed in Bath and is a good ball carrier who works extremely hard