The general stereotype of Northern Hemisphere Rugby, especially the English, isn’t one to be kept. A penalty driven, forward dominated brand of Rugby is slowly diminishing its popularity in England. The stereotype is true to a certain extent, compared to the free flowing game often seen in the Tri-nations teams. However there is hope, and in the form of the 5 most outrageously fast players currently not being used by England. England rugby, for the past few seasons have stuck with defensive minded players such as Brad Barrit and Owen Farrell. But now there is an influx of players ready to grace the Six nations and beyond.
Anthony Watson has appeared out of nowhere to become one of the leading candidates to start in the Six Nations. Raw pace, combined with an outrageous step and an aerial ability found lacking by England in recent years, Watson is a real attacking threat. At the fresh age of 19, Watson also has the defensive ability to manage at International level.
Prediction: To start in the Six Nations at winger, and to continue to develop his all-round game with England and Bath, he could become a real impact sub with his ability to play full back, winger, and in my opinion could become a serious attacking threat at outside centre, which is deeply needed at the moment.
Wade, despite his current foot injury, is a player who is set for a massive season come this September. Christian Wade is capable of single-handedly destroying defences, his ability to beat defenders on a one on one situation defenders is truly world class, in fact I would say he’s the best in the world at it. He has an incredibly unique method of beating defenders. Simply put, he steps inside then immediately accelerates on the outside. This puts the defender on his back foot, and with his sheer acceleration he beats them on the outside. England’s lack of clinical attacking play is worrying, but if they do create chances, then Wade will take them. His defensive ability has been questioned, but if he comes up against Wales then his opposite number, Alex Cuthbert, will find it harder to tackle Wade then the other way. He is learning and has a very good technique for such a young player.
Lancaster has been ignoring him for the past two years, despite him being is incredible form. The next Jason Robinson could guide England to a clinical, try-scoring World Cup.
Prediction: To start in the 2014 autumn internationals and 2015 six nations, and to blow teams away with tries aplenty.
The Fiji-born Bath player and serving soldier is an incredible talent, born with pace and power he is a real handful for defenders. His natural power and balance has been defined and enhanced by the Bath conditioning team, turning natural strength into rugby strength. His sharp step and defensive solidity is superb, and he still has a lot of potential to fill.
Prediction: To continue to develop his game with the England Saxons and Bath, and to push Marland Yarde and Christian Wade for the two Wing Berths.