‘Five young England rugby players to watch’ from 2009 supplied mixed results

In 2009, The Telegraph picked 5 English youngsters who they expected to develop into stars. Some have shined, but others have failed to establish themselves or even retired.

Billy Twelvetrees

What they said: “The 21-year-old centre has made just one start for the club this season, but what an impact he made, being named man of the match in the thrilling 32-32 Heineken Cup draw against the Ospreys and their stellar backline at Welford Road on Sunday.”

Now? The former Leicester starlet was for a while one of the most popular England players but now, aged 31 and playing for Gloucester, he struggles to even get his name linked to selection.


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