BY GEORGE WHIFFEN
Some players are constantly in the spotlight, raved about and placed on a pedestal while other players find themselves at the other end of the spectrum for varying reasons.
Players that are superb in their own ways but are never spoken about, they remain out of the limelight and out of the way of national selectors.
This is especially apparent in England, with 12 teams full of brilliant players to select from there’s always been players who are going to miss out on selection and remain out of the spotlight.
Here are RUCK’s list of the FIVE most underrated players currently in English rugby:
1. RYAN MILLS
Mills has been in the Premiership landscape for a fair while now at the age of 25, he started his career at Gloucester making 25 appearances for the Cherry’s and Whites before moving to Worcester in 2014, having come out of the shadows in the past few seasons Mills has shown his versatility playing at both 10 and 12 for Worcester.
Mills is an excellent distributor and playmaker with a quality boot on him, shined in a young Worcester team this season and having just signed a new contract with the club, he looks to be a mainstay for years to come.
2. TOM COLLINS
Another quality player to come from the Northampton Saints production line, Collins has been a revelation for Saints in recent years, he’s small in build but with pace and footwork in abundance it’s never been a factor against him.
Never spoken about due to being overshadowed by the likes of George North and Ken Pisi at Saints it finally looks like Collins will become founding member of what will be a new look Saints team next year under Chris Boyd.
3. WILL ADDISON
Addison is a versatile back who has shone for Sale in the past few years, he’s capable of playing at both centre, winger and fullback. It’s clear to see his talents with his great turn of pace, astute kicking from both the T and open play and he’s also shown his leadership qualities having captained Sale for the past few seasons.
It’s a true mystery as to why he’s never had a look in at national level with his versatility and the options he’d give of the bench.
4. CALLUM GREEN
Green is playing in possibly the worst time to be a second row in England, Green is an incredible second row in the line out and with a great work rate around the pitch, he’s had a key roll in what’s been a dominant Falcons pack for the past few seasons.
Unfortunately at 27 he’s just a bit older then the current crop of English second rows and can’t break into the squad as a prospect.
5. TOM CRUSE
All action hero or Wasp hooker? Or even both? Cruse has come to the forefront in the past two seasons but has used this season to catapult into the starting XV with some outstanding performances in the Premiership and Europe.
A hooker with a great lineout, solid at set piece and a great carrier around the pitch he certainly wouldn’t look out of place in the England squad.