England legend Jonny Wilkinson has backed the sensational Marcus Smith to play a huge role foe England in the Autumn Nations Series.
The World Cup winning fly-half, who works with Smith on his kicking every week according to Chris Robshaw, believes the 21-year-old is ready to start test rugby.
“He’s a game winner, and is probably one of the most exciting players not only at fly-half, but in world rugby,” said Wilkinson.
“Smith’s got a real mix of all the other options on the table and brings a bit of everything to the party,
“He has a really interesting energy about him a well, which I really like.”
Wilkinson – who has also worked with Owen Farrell down the years – still has a key role to play for England.
He added: ” He (Farrell) seems to be able to wear the world on his shoulders, which you need in big matches.”
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#1. Michael Lynagh (Australia)
For a decade from his debut in 1984 to his international retirement in 1995, former Wallaby Skipper Lynagh was one of the most distinguishable players in World Rugby. After 72 internationals, he had set a new point-scoring record of 911, which is still an Australia record. He was an important member of the side that won the 1991 World Cup in England, but retired from International Rugby after Australia’s loss to England in the quarter-final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Did you know? His son, Louis Lynagh, currently plays for Harlequins academy and has represented England U20
#2. Dan Carter (New Zealand)
The double World Cup-winner has established himself as one of the greatest players in history, being near faultless in every department: he can attack, break the line and kick accurately tactically or at goal. He was named the World Player of the Year in 2005, 2012 and 2015 and has won three Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, and nine Tri-Nations and Rugby Championships with the All Blacks.
Did you know: In 2008, American Cable Channel E! judged Carter to be 11th on its list of the world’s sexiest men.