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“He was nerveless” – Sir Ian McGeechan backs three England youngsters to be KEY players

#3. Raffi Quirke

  • Age: 20
  • Club: Sale Sharks
  • Position: Scrum-half
  • Caps: 2

A vision of the future, but still has a lot to learn.

McGeechan said: “I don’t think he will displace Ben Youngs at the start of this Six Nations, but Jones will want to bring him through in time for the 2023 World Cup, which is not much more than 18 months away.

“Even though he operated on the back foot for the whole time he was on, he did enough to suggest that he could form a superb long-term partnership with Smith, and the way he tracked play and then showed a clean pair of heels when accelerating away when he got hold of the ball shows that he is arguably a considerably more potent attacking threat than Youngs.”

Raffi Quirke of England on the break to go over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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