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One academy player EVERY Gallagher Premiership team wishes they still had

Gloucester (Sam Underhill)

Sam Underhill of England goes on the attack during the Quilter International Match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on 10th November 2018. – PHOTO: Gareth Davies/PPAUK


Harlequins (Joe Launchbury)

He played for Horsham and also represented Barns Green before joining the Harlequins Academy age 15 After Harlequins failed to offer him a professional contract aged 18, he left the club and joined then National League 2 South side Worthing for the 2009–10 season.

Joe Launchbury of England during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

His performances at Worthing under Will Green, then head coach and former Wasps player, saw him recommended to his former club once again. He played in several A League matches for Wasps and, after a spell training with the Eastern Province Kings in South Africa, did enough to be given a full-time contract from July 2010.

He’s since gone on to captain Wasps and become a key player for Englands, winning well over 50 caps.


Leicester Tigers (Harry Thacker)

Harry Thacker of Bristol Bears goes over for a try during the Gallagher Premiership Match between Bristol Bears and Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate, Bristol on September 29. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK – Rugby

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