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Zurich Premiership XV – September

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15 Matt Perry (Bath)England's 26-year-old forgotten man isn't so much reinventing himself as finding the form that made him his country's most-capped fullback. Back come the steely nerve, solid boot and fierce tackling. It's no surprise that Bath's re-emergence mirrors that of Perry's.

14 Richard Haughton (Saracens)Has yet to score this season, but has set up some fine tries. Most notably when he set off on a mazy 60-metre run from his own 22 that split the Leicester defence in half and allowed scrum-half Morgan Williams to touch down beneath the posts.

13 George Harder (NEC Harlequins)The new-signing from Samoa is proving to be a real handful. His direct running and immense strength means defenders are drawn to him like moths to a light allowing Quins' wings to plunder the unguarded spaces out wide.

12 Olly Barkley (Bath)Barkley may have missed out on a World Cup berth but he is showing the kind of form that could ensure he never suffers England rejection again. His great kicking ratio and well-taken try against Northampton have helped maintain Bath's unbeaten record.

11 Ugo Monye (NEC Harlequins)The talk of the season so far. The 20-year-old's five tries in three games have illustrated his huge potential, and his ability to find the spaces through sheer pace appears to be growing by the game. A star in the making.

10 Paul Burke (NEC Harlequins)Burke has scored 43 points in the first three games of the season and it is largely thanks to the Irish man's boot that Quins find themselves unbeaten and top of the table. An experience rock around which the new-look team revolves.

9 Simon Amor (Gloucester)The England Sevens star is proving to be more than an adequate deputy to the absent Andy Gomarsall. What the diminutive youngster lacks in experience he makes up in pure enthusiasm and his sniping runs have kept opponents busy. His love of pure running rugby was betrayed against Saracens when he was picked at fly-half and passed every single ball bar two.

8 Taine Randell (Saracens)The former All Black captain was the Zurich Premiership's signing of the summer and has shown why he is still so highly-rated amongst his peers. His tireless support work and vast experience have made up for the loss of the star players to the World Cup. 

7 Josh Kronfeld (Leicester Tigers)Unbeaten this season, albeit with a draw under their belt, the new captain's ability to inspire the youngsters around him to raise their game to his level has seen the Tigers stick to the pace as they aim to recover from the disappointments of last season. 

6 Andre Vos (NEC Harlequins)The former South Africa skipper has been instrumental in Quins' newly-found form. He's character seems to be rubbing off on his team, who are starting to look hungry, determined and ambitious.

5 Alex Brown (Gloucester)Shaping up like a Martin Johnson successor, the towering former Bristol man has been a dominant presence at the line-out and his support work alternates easily between pile-driving tackles and neat little handling cameos. Only an early injury prevented him carrying off the Man of match against Saracens.

4 Simon Shaw (London Wasps)Bounced back from England World Cup omission with a big opening game against Harlequins and has been the champions' best player ever since. He looks determined to make England coach Clive Woodward admit he made a mistake.

3 Duncan Bell (Bath)Bell is relishing his partnership with new-boy David Flatman and together they have put the bite back into Bath.

2 Steve Brotherstone (Gloucester)Since Gloucester's opening defeat against London Irish, Brotherstone's throwing-in and scrummaging have been impeccable and have given the 'Cherry and White's' a decent supply of ball to work with.

1 David Flatman (Bath)The new signing has beefed up the Bath pack and has contributed to their resurgence by guaranteeing a solid scrum and a decent line-out – elements that have been missing from the Rec over the last couple of years.


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