4. Tom Curry
An outstanding man-of-the-match display on his England debut welcomed Tom Curry to the international rugby stage.
The 18-year-old flanker drew huge praise as he starred in a 28-14 win over the Barbarians before making his test debut against Argentina, becoming the youngest forward to represent England in more than a century.
Unfortunately missed the Autumn internationals due to a wrist injury, which saw Simmonds called up and leapfrog the flanker on our list.
DID YOU KNOW: He is the nephew of former England hooker John Olver
3. Sam Simmonds
The term commonly used is ‘meteoric’ – a player who bursts spectacularly on the scene, seemingly from nowhere.
A year ago Sam Simmonds was on loan at Cornish Pirates and he had started just two Premiership matches before the start of this season.
He featured in all three of England’s Autumn internationals, particularly impressing on his first start against Samoa.
Strong running and dogged work in the breakdown saw him stand out in the absence of England’s two recognised No 8s.
Appears to be the real deal.