‘Five young players to star for England' from 2009 supplied mixed results - Ruck

‘Five young players to star for England’ from 2009 supplied mixed results

The Telegraph picked 5 English youngsters who they expected to develop into star in 2009. 

Although a number of them have shined in the years that followed, others have failed to establish themselves or even retired.

1. Courtney Lawes

What they said: The hard-hitting 20-year-old lock forward has already been tipped as a future England international, by none other than Martin Johnson. Made a telling contribution to Northampton’s excellent Heineken Cup win against Munster at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.

Now? 80 England caps and 2 Lions caps from their tour of New Zealand proved the Guardian was on the money again here.


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