The 2016 Six Nations ‘Ones To Watch’ XV

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We take a look at some of the young stars who could be set to star during the 2016 Six Nations…

15.Elliott Daly

Daly is likely to start at centre, but can cover full back as well. He has great pace, a huge boot and great distribution skills which could see him quickly become a key squad player.

14.Virimi Vakatawa

Vakatawa goes into the Six Nations as something of an unknown having spent most of his time playing sevens, this makes him a particularly dangerous prospect for France.

13.Jonathan Danty

Danty has replaced Basteraud in the French squad and should bring a little more subtlety to the midfield where he will be hoping to build on his early season club form. He is definitely one worth considering having a free bet on.

12.Stuart McCloskey

McCloskey could prove to be the missing piece in the Irish midfield where his powerful running and offloading game could help open up their backs play this year.

11.Hallam Amos

Amos found more game time than he may have expected at the World Cup due to injuries, but with the poor form of Wales’ current wingers, he is likely to see plenty more game time.

10.Jules Plisson

Plisson broke into the French team a couple of years back but disappeared just as rapidly. He could now be about to re-establish himself in a youthful backline under Noves.

9.Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Hidalgo-Clyne is likely to add to his eight caps during the Six Nations and will prove a more than adequate replacement off the bench for Greig Laidlaw due to his distribution and goal kicking.

8.Josh Beaumont

Beaumont may not see too much game time this year, but given his fine form for Sale Sharks, if given a chance could show why England need a ball player at number 8.

7.Yacouba Camara

Camara is very much seen as the natural successor to Thierry Dusautoir and should find himself getting plenty of game time during the Six Nations.

6.Andries Van Schalkwyk

The only Italian on this list, Van Schalkwyk has been in fine form for Zebre for a number of years now and could finally make his mark for the national team.

5.Ultan Dillane

Injuries and retirements have caused major problems for Ireland in the second row resulting in Dillane receiving a call up after a series of impressive performances for Connacht.

4.Maro Itoje

It’s not unusual for young English players to be over-hyped, but Itoje looks like he could be one of the few who can follow through on their early promise.

3.Paul Hill

With Kieran Brookes out injured, Hill has stepped up for Northampton this season and could be set to do the same for England during the Six Nations.

2.Camille Chat

There are concerns over the experience, or lack of, for Chat, however he looks set to see game time during the Six Nations off the bench so make sure to keep an eye out.

1.Rory Sutherland

Sutherland’s fine club form has seen him earn a call up for the Six Nations, where he will be hoping to impress as Scotland are somewhat light on front row options.

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