Six Premiership players with big points to prove in 2017/18

RUCK selects a handful of top-flight stars who need to hit the ground running this season…

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1. Toby Flood (Newcastle Falcons)
A lot of fans doubt the ex-England fly-half can still cut it at the very top level.

He’s returned to his first club, Newcastle Falcons, where he’ll be key to their game-plan, making it imperative that he gets off to a solid start with both the ball in hand and off the kicking tee.

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2. Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
There is no doubt that Sam Underhill is a raw talent.

Making his England debut in Argentina, the flanker showed he is fiercely aggressive and competitive at the breakdown.

To establish himself as a regular under Eddie Jones, he’ll have to hit the ground running with Bath in the Premiership.

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3. Christopher Tolofua (Saracens)
With the Lions hero expected to miss the start of the season on an extended break, talented France international Tolofua will have the opportunity to prove himself, with good performances vital to his chances of displacing the England man.

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