New rugby superstar reveals he could play for England

He has been on the scene for barely five minutes, but people are getting excited about Hoskins Sotutu, a laid-back young number 8 who is reckoned to have a touch of greatness about him.

The 21-year-old back-row has been excellent for the Blues this year, and could now step up to Test level.

His stats have been insane with the powerhouse making 70 charges forward in six games, beating 23 opponents and making 386 metres for his side. 

Sotutu is born and raised in New Zealand but he knows a decision on his test eligibility looms.

“Whatever is next will come. I’ve got my dad’s Fijian heritage and that Kiwi side and my mum is English as well so I can qualify for an English passport.

“When the decision comes it will come easy but for the moment I’m just focusing on the Blues.

“I’m still learning. I’m taking this as my debut season and trying to find my feet and keep working on my craft.”

Hoskins is a Sacred Heart College old boy. The Auckland loose forward represented the New Zealand Secondary Schools team in 2016 before going to represent the New Zealand Under 20s team in 2018.

Hoskins, the son of former Blues winger Waisake Sotutu, is an exciting, dynamic player. At just 19 years of age, he was part of the Blues team that won the Brisbane 10s in 2018. He appeared regularly in the successful Mitre 10 Cup campaign for Auckland after making his debut against Counties Manukau.


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Here is how the BBC rated Sir Clive Woodward’s men following England’s nail-biting 20-17 in the final to win the Rugby World Cup.

Josh Lewsey: Again proved his worth in the number 15 jersey. Made some dynamic runs and kept the pressure on the Aussie midfield. 7

Jason Robinson: Always looked dangerous with the ball. Had little chance stopping Australia’s try, but did his job at the other end touching down. 8

Will Greenwood: Handled the ball well with some creative touches and put in some big tackles but ultimately failed to shine. 6

Mike Tindall: More direct than creative, but did the job he was asked to do. Produced a vital clearance in the second half before making way for Mike Catt. 7

Ben Cohen: Worked tirelessly off the ball and did little wrong. Was given little opportunity to show his class with the ball. 6

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