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One academy player EVERY Gallagher Premiership team wishes they still had

Newcastle Falcons (Rob Miller)


Northampton Saints (Ethan Waller)


Sale Sharks (Will Addison)

Will Addison of Sale Sharks is tackled by Don Armand of Exeter Chiefs and Santiago Cordero of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership Match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks on April 28 2018 at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon, England. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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Saracens (Piers Francis)

He was a member of the Saracens Academy for three years during his teens. He then moved to New Zealand at the age of 18. Francis then returned to the UK to play for Edinburgh and Doncaster Knights before returning to the Southern Hemisphere. He’s since returned to England with Northampton Saints and has also won four caps for his country since making his debut against Argentina in 2017.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 17: Piers Francis of the Blues catches the ball during the round four Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Blues at AMI Stadium on March 17, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)


Wasps (Billy Vunipola)

While at Harrow School, Billy joined the Wasps Academy. He made his senior team debut in 2011–12 season and played 30 matches over two seasons before leaving at the end of the 2012–2013 season for Saracens.


Worcester Warriors (Dylan Hartley)

The 96-cap England international hooker joined Worcester Warriors’ academy, representing the senior side just once in the 2004–05 European Challenge Cup. Hartley then joined the Senior Academy of Northampton Saints in the summer of 2005 and has been at Franklin’s Gardens ever since.

Dylan Hartley of England (Capt) arrives before the six Nations Championship match, between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 17th March 2017. (Photo:Dean Lancaster/PPAUK)

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