The 2015 Six Nations is likely to provide the platform for a number of young players to launch their bid for a World Cup place, here are 12 to watch…
Navidi has been one of the form back rows in Wales throughout the season so far and looks likely to be given chance to add to his solitary test cap during the 2015 Six Nations. A massive ball carrier who is also effective at the breakdown, Navidi covers all three back row positions so makes a great bench option.
It’s touch and go as to whether Slade will make the England Six Nations squad at the moment, however on current form he is is more than deserving of a place. A ball playing centre with a great boot and composure beyond his years, Slade is also capable of covering the 10 shirt as well.
With Sean O’Brien, Chris Henry and Rhys Ruddock all likely to be out for at least the beginning of the Six Nations, it’s likely Ireland will turn to Leinster openside Jordi Murphy. The Leinster Man is a powerful ball carrier who is also a menace at the breakdown.
Thomas made his breakthrough for France during the Autumn Internationals before being dropped due to an internal disciplinary. He is however one of the most potent finishers in France and is likely to return on the wing during the Six Nations where he could reak havoc during the tournament.
The back row is a growing area of strength for Scotland, and Ashe looks to be at the front of the queue right now. Although not a huge number 8, he is a powerful ball carrier who has incredible athleticism which he will be hoping to use to get Scotland on the front foot during the Six Nations.
New Zealand born fly half Haimona has completed his residency in Italy and was given his chance during the Six Nations. Although a slightly erratic performer at times, Haimona looks an exciting prospect for Italy whose happy to take the ball to the line and commit defenders at every opportunity.
There has been a lot of hype surround Anscombe’s move to Wales, and during the Six Nations we’re likely to see if he can come good for Warren Gatland’s side. The reality is he won’t be displacing Dan Biggar anytime soon but he may take the opportunity to establish himself as Wales’ backup 10.
Watson has been in or around the England squad over the last 12 months, but finally looks to have made the breakthrough into the starting XV. He has been likened to Jason Robinson for his quick feet and ability to spot gaps and will be hoping to establish himself in the side during the Six Nations.
Russell now looks to have firmly established himself as Scotland’s first choice fly half, however the Six Nations will be the opportunity to cement his place for the World Cup. Russell has really sparked the Scottish backline in recent months and is definitely a player to excite fans.
Henshaw has been touted by many as the successor to Brian O’Driscoll in the Irish midfield. Although he still has some ways to go until he’s anywhere near as good as BOD he has shown plenty of promise. The Six Nations will hopefully give him chance to show what he can do on the front foot.
Lopez is another developing fly half who will be hoping to firmly establish himself in the French starting XV during the Six Nations. He has looked the most composed option in the French 10 shirt for some time and will be hoping to replicate his Clermont form for Les Bleus over the next five games.
Last season saw Michelle Campagnaro become one of the finds of the Six Nations after breaking into the Italian midfield. This year Morisi could be about to do the same having recovered from an injury that resulted in him having to have his spleen removed.
Which players will you be keeping an eye on during the Six Nations?