England wonderkid dubbed ‘special talent’ by Sir Ian McGeechan is now starring in France - Ruck

England wonderkid dubbed ‘special talent’ by Sir Ian McGeechan is now starring in France

26-year-old flyhalf emerges from the shadows to lead French rugby league with a remarkable tally of 77 points

In a stunning turn of events, English flyhalf Joe Simmonds, once forgotten in the realms of international rugby, has risen to prominence as the leading scorer in the highly competitive Top 14. The talented 26-year-old has been showcasing his skills with new club Pau in the French top flight, leaving spectators in awe of his prowess on the field.

Simmonds, who had fallen off the selection radar for England, made a bold move across the channel, and it has paid off handsomely. Currently sitting in second place on the table, Pau has found a gem in Simmonds, who has accumulated an impressive tally of 77 points.

The flyhalf’s scoring spree includes an astounding 17 penalties and 13 conversions, solidifying his position at the summit of the league’s scoring charts. Pau, holding firm in second place with 22 points, is neck-and-neck with league leaders Stade Francais, with both teams having played six highly contested games in the Top 14.

Even back in 2020, the legendary Sir Ian McGeechan recognized Simmonds’ potential, stating, “Probably the closest of the English players on this list to an international call-up. Simmonds has quietly become an excellent fly-half with consistently good decision making and plays well under pressure.”

McGeechan also praised Simmonds’ incredible accuracy in kicking, highlighting a period before Christmas when he achieved a flawless 26/26 record in all competitions

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Sir Ian McGeechan ranked his 5 best young players in the world, 2020

Lions Legend Sir Ian McGeechan has picked his five best young rugby players in world for his column for the Telegraph.

5#. Cameron Redpath, 21, Scotland

McGeechan said: “I know his father well, so I have followed Cameron’s career fairly closely. I like what I see. Tall, rangy, more of a centre than a 10.”


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