England and Harlequins gem Marcus Smith has been ranked as one of the top youngsters in the world by legendary coach Sir Ian McGeechan.
#3. Caelan Doris, 22, Ireland
McGeechan said: “Another one off the Leinster independent schools production line (Blackrock College) and one of the standout No 8s in last season’s Champions Cup. He would have been a Lion if not for injury setbacks.”
“It is one thing coming through so young, but another to do it at Leinster, where the competition is so fierce. His ball-carrying, physicality and handling mark him out as a special talent.
“I would expect him to go on to win many Ireland caps.”