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KEVIN SORRELL (Saracens)

Talk about a gritty, hard-running centre and a true club man in the old meaning of the word, then there are few to compare to Sorell – a crowd favourite who perennially goes about his business with little fanfare, but to great effect.

Having been at the club since 1995, he has seen global stars come and go, after a junior career which saw him involved with England at Schools, Under-18 and 21's level.

An England squad tourist to Argentina in 2002, Sorrell has yet to make his full Test bow, but with nearly a century-and-a-half of Sarries appearances under his belt, the unassuming midfield man is consistency personified, even having deputised at fly-half and goal-kicker when required.

DAN SCARBROUGH (Leeds Tykes)

A Yorkshire lad by birth, Scarbrough has arguably been the Leeds player to have made the biggest impact on the game since the club's ascension into the Zurich Premiership in 2001.

Either at wing or fullback, his timely lines of running and powerful style have seen him as a key line-breaker for the Tykes, averaging around a try every two games.

Scarbrough joined the Headingley outfit from local club Wakefield around two years ago, andearnt the attention of Leeds by starring for the combined English National League side which beat South Africa in 2000, under Tykes coach Phil Davies.

Having caught the eye of England coach Clive Woodward, Scarbrough toured to Argentina with England in 2002, but did not make the Test side, although his continually sound domestic form saw him as a key man for the successful England 'A' team in the 2003 shadow Six Nations championship.

HUGH VYVYAN (Newcastle Falcons)

One of the numerous red-headed Vyvyan clan which has produced so many players down the years, despite his appearance in the Newcastle back row at present, his career has seen him occupy the polar rugby opposites of both the second row and fly-half berths at various stages.

A No.10 as a youngster, the 26-year-old went north to the prolific Newcastle Falcons academy structure, where he featured as a second row, before swiftly graduating to the first team squad.

A younger brother of former Sharks forward Charlie Vyvyan, his imposing physical stature is combined with an athletic streak, hence his move from lock to the back three of the scrum in recent years.

Vyvyan toured with England to Argentina in 2002, captaining the midweek side in the second row position, but is yet to make the big breakthrough to the senior XV due to the immense strength in depth of the Test squad.

ANDY TITTERELL (Sharks)

One of the real young guns in the Zurich Premiership at present, Sharks hooker Titterrell has all the hallmarks of a future England regular, having represented his country at Under 16, 18, 19, 21 and 'A' levels already.

At 22 years old, the Dartford-born player started his club career with Waterloo, and under the tutelage of Steve Diamond and Jim Mallinder at Heywood Road has blossomed into one of the hottest front row prospects.

Titterell broke through to the England 'A' squad this season for their shadow Six Nations campaign, and could be set to rival Northampton's Steve Thompson and Leicester veteran Dorian West for a Test place in the not-too-distant future.

NEAL HATLEY (London Irish)

Maybe no spring chicken at 33, the burly Exiles prop has experience by the bucketload to show for his senior years, and a few air miles as well, having been born in England, but schooled in the fierce rugby climate of South Africa.

Boasting famed Currie Cup sides Natal and Western Province on his CV, Hatley also appeared for South Africa at Students level, before returning to the land of his birth – moving to Bedford before heading south for London Irish.

A key cog in the Exiles' front row rotation policy, Hatley has played in the England 'A' colours already, and as a vital piece in his club's jigsaw, has made more than a century of appearances for the Madejski Stadium outfit to date.

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