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Six Nations 2020: 5 Young Guns to Watch

Darcy Graham of Scotland playing against Samoa

Darry Worthington takes a look at five youngsters who could make a mark at the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

There are just a few weeks until the 2020 Guinness Six Nations kicks off, and with it being a new World Cup cycle we are likely to see a number of youngsters thrown into the deep end of international rugby. While a few will sink, there are some that are destined to swim including the five players below.

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Check out our senior players to watch in this year’s Six Nations here.

Joe Cokanasiga
Country: England
Position: Wing
Age: 22

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Joe Cokanasiga is primed and ready to set the Six Nations alight this year.
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The giant winger is already something of a household name having already played nine Tests for England and having attended last year’s World Cup.

He’s a big unit, weighing in at a solid 118 kilograms. He’s also frighteningly quick and has already bagged tries at senior international level.

With Eddie Jones already saying he will focus on youth development this season, Cokanasiga is likely to play as a staring role for the ‘Roses.

Louis Rees-Zammit
Country: Wales
Position: Wing
Age: 18

This young man has been pulling up trees in the Gallagher Premiership scoring five tries in his first four appearances for Gloucester.

His club coach, Johan Ackermann, has already stated that Wales would be foolish not to cap the youngster during this year’s Six Nations. Whether his national coach Wayne Pivac will follow this advice remains to be seen. However, should the Welsh boss select Rees-Zammit, he may well be unleashing a future rugby star upon the world.

Caolin Blade
Country: Ireland
Position: Scrum-Half
Age: 25

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Caolin Blade will be unlucky to miss out on Ireland’s Six Nations squad.
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The oldest man on this list is Connacht’s Caolin Blade. Ireland are currently spoilt for choice at scrum-half but Blade may offer something that the likes of John Cooney, Kieran Marmion, Luke McGrath and Connor Murray don’t have: fight.

Blade played second fiddle to Cooney and then Marmion before the former left Connacht for Ulster. Marmion was then in the pound seat up until late last year when Blade was given a shot with Marmion sidelined through injury. He hasn’t looked back since putting in some great performances during the PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup’s early salvos.

While Blade may well not make Ireland’s Six Nations’ squad, it would be a massive pity as he is a quality rugby player who could well provide the attacking spark they need to get their massively talented backline into gear.

Romain Ntamack
Country: France
Position: Fly-Half / Centre
Age: 20

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The French whizz-kid is being hyped to the ends of the Earth… will he come right?
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The youngster with the most hype surrounding him is undoubtedly Romain Ntamack. The 20-year-old was a mainstay for the French side at last year’s Rugby World Cup despite being just out of his teens.

Ntamack is a composed player who is capable of donning both the 10 and 12 jerseys. He’s likely to be France’s starting pivot this term though, as the national coaches start working towards the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Darcy Graham
Country: Scotland
Position: Wing / Fullback
Age: 22

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Darcy Graham and his electric feet are set to thrill rugby fans this year.
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It feels like Darcy Graham has been around for ages. The Scottish youngster already has seven senior caps to his name earning his first back in 2018.

While he’s a rather small player – he only tips the scales at 75 kilograms – he has electric feet and is capable of standing an opponent up with a single shake of a leg. He’s also solid under the high ball and has a is blessed with a decent boot.

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