‘Next big thing in rugby’ destroys Leicester and scores a hat-trick on debut

England U20 star Alfie Barbeary scored a superb hat-trick on his first Premiership start for Wasps as they romped to a 54-7 bonus-point triumph against Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena.

The 19-year-old powerhouse, who started at blindside flanker, scored three tries, offloaded to assist another, made 22 metres from his 12 carries and didn’t miss a tackle in an absolutely outstanding display. An exceptional young talent.

Try Celebrations for Alfie Barbeary of Wasps as he scores his hat trick during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Wasps and Leicester Tigers on 9 Sep. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK/Gallagher

He joined Wasps’ Senior Academy squad for the 2019/20 season and proceeded into the senior squad in July 2020.

Barbeary arrived from Bloxham School, where he won the Natwest School Plate final in March 2019.

DID YOU KNOW? He has now scored on his England U18 and U20 debuts, his senior Wasps debut (Prem Cup v Glos 2018), first Prem appearance (v Worcester) and on his first Prem start tonight v Tigers.

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Fullback: Josh Hodge (Exeter Chiefs) – The 20-year-old started for Exeter for the first time since his move from Newcastle in June against Bristol last week. It’s fair to say he made quite the impression.

Winger: Ollie Thorley (Gloucester) – He made his debut for the Cherry & Whites in 2013 as a 17-year-old, partnering World Cup winner Mike Tindall in the centre of an LV= Cup match, and has since gone on to prove himself as one of the brightest talents at Kingsholm. A World Rugby U20 Championship winner in 2016, Thorley has pace, power and an eye for the try line.

Centre: Cameron Redpath (Bath RFC) – The son of 60-cap Scotland legend Bryan Redpath, centre Cameron was born in Narbonne, France. He was selected in England’s 34-man squad for their 2018 tour of South Africa but was unable to travel with the squad because of injury. The 20-year-old, who recently departed Sale Sharks for Bath Rugby, has also represented England U20, scoring three tries in nine appearances.

Centre: Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors) – The 20-year-old continues a low-slung surge towards Test recognition. His slicing angles are troubling Premiership midfields, a kicking game is developing and he even dotted down at the tail of a driving maul in the comprehensive win over Harlequins.

Winger: Ratu Naulago (Bristol Bears) – The speedster took Super League by storm with Hull RFC, scoring 17 tries in 26 games, before signing with Bristol Bears for the 2020/21 Gallagher Premiership season. It will be a switch back to union for Naulago, who previously won the Premiership 7s title with Saracens. If he can hit the ground running, he’d be right in the frame for a call-up from Eddie Jones.

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