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Six Nations Young Guns

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by Pranav Soneji (U5268639) 28 January 2008
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Six Nations

We've chosen our young players to watch for the 2008 Six Nations.

Some of these names will be very familar while others less so, but they all look set to make an impression in this year's championship.

Which players do you think will make the biggest impact in this year's tournament? Which players have the most promise? Or have some been shrouded in media hype?

Let us know your thoughts.

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comment by Juggler (U2995016)

posted Jan 28, 2008


Wood should have been picked. Absolutely. But it might be better to have him actually playing for the Saxons next weekend whilst Payne twiddles his thumbs in the stands at Twickenham.

Assuming Ashton gets round to watching the game, seeing Wood lay into Young on Friday night may impress him more than having him lurking around the squad an not gettting time on the pitch.


Allen is unlucky, but is the victim of Ashton's very clear preference for a 2nd 5/8. Not much you can do about that.


Lamb is in a position where he has established rivals (JW and CH) as well as the capped youngsters (TF and SG) and the most talented kid since Jonny (DC). His non selection is not a surprise.


Hazell has been injured for the last 2 months.

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posted Jan 28, 2008

Whilst the Jonny/cipriani debate rages on above, I feel the newcomer to really keep an eye on (from the list in the article) has to be Malzieu. Seeing him for the first time on TV I thought Clermont were playing a forward out of position! Pacey and powerful, Malzieu is rarely stopped by the first man, and could really trouble defences in this tournament.

Elsewhere scotland fans must be praying that hadden includes De Luca, whose running lines and pace will add a sharp element to Hendersons more solid game. And just to stick my 2 pence in, Jonny to start and instill some confidence in the side, with Cipriani given 20 mins against Wales and possibly the whole Italy game to show the world what we all know he can do!

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posted Jan 28, 2008

Me being a genuine England fan can,t wait to see the new season kick off but all this hype about Cipriani is ridiculous. Id say it will be a quiet year for him and for Wilkinson................. must I need to say anymore.winkeye
A one on one with chabal and Vnikolo will be good devil

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posted Jan 28, 2008

Chabals been ommited from the french squad, lievermont most definately has one eye on the future, and vainikolo looks set to be a fringe/bench player in this tournament. Likely to be given small tastes of internationals to begin with, much as Woodward did with Robinson early on.
Would be a mighty collision though, guess we'll have to wait for the next Sale/Glos game!

As for Wilkinson and Cips, the argument is right now threatening to destroy the 606 server, but they both offer very different but powerful threats, and theres no reason why Cipriani couldnt feature as much in this tournament as Flood did in the last. And with his stlye of play, most probably to similar acclaim.

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posted Jan 29, 2008

bobcom, are you serious?? the problem with ireland, from an english point of view, is that they DO have a pool of serious young talent coming up. what about the irish under 21 rwc final side, and the under 20s grand slam holders for a start. i believe the young players to watch are: tait, cipriani, kearney, sexton (when recovers from thumb injury), de luca, malzieu, jacquet

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posted Jan 29, 2008

I would back Heaslip to shine...... wait Eos didnt pick him! ahhhhhh!!!!!!

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comment by Yann (U10010205)

posted Jan 30, 2008

I agree with Fatcentre. If anyone has seen Clermont play this season, they will know Malzieu is one very exciting player to watch in this year's 6 nations. In this new beginning for French rugby, with a new coach, new players, no club prejudice, and clearly looking at the future, this year's tournament is not one they must win, but rather a series of competitive games to get a first idea of who is likely to be a regular player in the next four years.
I would also have included Trinh-Duc (fly-half) in this list of Young Guns.

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posted Jan 30, 2008

I may even forgive my cousin for missing my Wedding on the 23rd of Feb if he makes it into the Ireland team too!

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posted Jan 31, 2008

Judging by the photo of him in a hoodie, Cipriani will take the prize for the campest new arrival in the 6 nations.

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posted Feb 1, 2008

Hes not a young gun but he is certainly new blood in the irish team... Buckley 6'5 22stone and size 15 boots! Loves to run at players smiley

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