30 October 2018
British Ones to Watch for 2018/19 Internationals!
The Autumn Internationals are coming! Rivalries will be reignited all set against the backdrop of next year’s World Cup in Japan. Whether you’re planning on watching from the sofa or enjoying it all in the comforts of some brilliant rugby hospitality, the Autumn Internationals are set to be fascinating.
Below, we take a look at one player from each home country, who our expert team think will be the ones to watch over the next 12 months. Interested in seeing some of these guys play for their countries? Paragon are on sale now with the Lewis Moody VIP Club 2019, which will be at both Ireland Vs England and Wales Vs England.
England: Tom Curry
International Debut: Argentina Vs England, June 2017
Curry’s rise to the top has been a quick one.
It took the Flanker just five minutes of Premiership Rugby before he scored his first try, becoming one of the youngest players ever to touch down in English rugby at just 20 years old.
Following good club form and a notable display for England U20’s, Curry was called up for a game against the Barbarians, where he was man-of-the-match after another impressive display.
After winning Sale Sharks’ young player of the season, Tom Curry got his England call-up, becoming the youngest England player since the legendary Jonny Wilkinson, and the youngest player to start a game since Collin Laird in 1927.
The next 12 months promise to be hugely exciting for Tom, whose twin brother Ben also hopes to join him in the England Squad.
Wales: Liam Williams
International Debut: Wales Vs Barbarians, June 2012
It takes a special kind of player to make a fullback of Leigh Halfpenny’s calibre sweat over his place in the Welsh side, but Williams has managed that with his impeccable form for both Wales and the Saracens over the last couple of seasons.
Smart footwork coupled with an immense presence under the high ball makes Williams the ideal test Rugby fullback, a fact that was demonstrated only too well in the Lions Tour of New Zealand as one of their stand-out performers.
If the next 12 months are to be successful for Wales, Williams is going to be crucial and you can be there for Wales’ clash with England in the 2019 Six Nations at The Lewis Moody VIP Club: Cardiff, the number England away match hospitality facility.
Scotland: Finn Russell
International Debut: Argentina Vs Scotland, 2014
Russell is his countries creative linchpin and is bang in form ahead of a fascinating 12 months for Gregor Townsend’s Scotland as they continue their upward curve.
Russell will be a key figure over the year after his move to Racing 92 left him looking like he’s taken his game to the next level. He played a crucial part in their nail-biting victory against Stade Francais, with four penalties, while his talent with ball in hand has been clear to see. With the likes of Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg outside him, Finn Russell could be the glue that holds the Scotland line back line together across the next 12 months.
Scotland kick off against Wales before taking on Fiji, South Africa and Argentina in the run-up to next year. Paragon can provide corporate hospitality at all 4 fixtures in 2018 as well as next year’s Six Nations matches at Murrayfield, so please click here to get in touch.
With the likes of Huw Jones and Stuart Hogg outside him, Russell could be key if Scotland are to continue their impressive rise.
Ireland: CJ Stander
Position: Number 8
International Debut: Ireland Vs Wales, February 2016
An instrumental member of the legendary Ireland team that beat the All Blacks in 2016, Stander has become a stalwart of the team since he made his debut in the Six Nations of 2015 and it’s been a case of not looking back for the imposing Stander.
A fierce competitor in every element of the game Stander is a huge hitter in defence and completes the holy trinity of back row attributes with his aggressive carrying and ability over the ball.
If Ireland really are to stand up as New Zealand’s number one threat in the World Cup next autumn, Stander has to be on form throughout and once the Webb Ellis Cup is on the line you wouldn’t bet against a team who have CJ Stander front and centre.
Before the World Cup, there’s the small matter of Irelands Six Nations title defence on the line. Make sure you don’t miss Ireland’s crucial game against the English in Dublin. The Lewis Moody VIP Club: Dublin promises to be the perfect way to watch the match, the number England away match hospitality facility.
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