Ben Youngs picks his four contenders to be England scrum-half during the 2024 Six Nations - Ruck

Ben Youngs picks his four contenders to be England scrum-half during the 2024 Six Nations

Following an illustrious international career spanning 127 appearances for England and an additional two for the British & Irish Lions, Ben Youngs bid farewell to Test rugby on the grand stage of the World Cup’s bronze medal final, where his team faced Argentina.

During his recent appearance on The Rugby Pod, Youngs unveiled his list of four talented players poised to contend for the coveted No. 9 jersey for the upcoming World Cup cycle.

“In my opinion,” he told The Rugby Pod.

“The next group that I think will contest for that No9 and No21 shirt will be Mitch [Alex Mitchell], JvP [Jack van Poorvliet], it’s going to be Raffi Quirke if he can just stay fit and get a run of games.

“I still think Harry Randall has a lot to give, he can be a real impactful player in terms of his busy-ness, the way he plays the game, speed of ball and everything like that.

“So I think those four really, and no doubt now to the next World Cup in four years there will be someone that will come through.

“There will be [someone] from another club as well. So right now, I look at those four and think they’ve got some really good talent there that will battle it out.”

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#28. Thibaud Flament (France)

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#27. Shannon Frizell (New Zealand)

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