"The future" - The Telegraph back five England youngsters for 2027 World Cup - Ruck

“The future” – The Telegraph back five England youngsters for 2027 World Cup

The Telegraph has backed a handful of players in the England U20s side to feature at the 2027 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

These are the players they expect to be challenging for a World Cup place at senior level at Australia in 2027:

Chandler Cunningham-South

  • Position: No 8
  • Club: Harlequins
  • Age: 20

They wrote: “The obvious place to start, given that Cunningham-South already looks ready for Test rugby given his size and power from the back of the scrum. Playing 22 matches for London Irish last season in the Gallagher Premiership and Champions Cup gave Cunningham-South plenty of exposure to senior rugby and he impressed, scoring a notable try in the Christmas win over Saracens.”

RUCK’s view: Cunningham-South, originally from New Zealand, showcases exceptional adaptability as a forward, demonstrating expertise in the second row, blindside flanker, and number 8 roles. Following an impressive season with London Irish, his transition to Harlequins in the upcoming season is eagerly awaited. The rugby community holds high expectations for his chances of securing a place in England’s 2024 Six Nations squad, recognising his strong potential.

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