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