Ones to watch in Gallagher Premiership Rugby: Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints
As we continue our series looking at the players that could make a huge impact in Gallagher Premiership Rugby next season, we’re up to Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints.
Familiar faces, new signings and potential stars of the future, here’s four players you need to know.
The back-rower has become Newcastle’s latest summer signing going into 2018/19 season and director of rugby Dean Richards is delighted to have his man.
Richards described Nemani, capped 16 times by Fiji, as an ‘exciting player with pace, power and handling ability’ which is sure to have Falcons fans on the edge of their seats.
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) June 27, 2018
Ten of those 16 caps came in the past 12 months as Nagusa, who has also captained Fiji in Sevens, played a major part in Fiji’s fourth straight Pacific Nations Cup win last weekend.
Clearly the 6ft2 forward has plenty of experience and will be hoping to hit the ground running during his debut season in the North West.
Lightning quick winger Adam Radwan has been banging down the door for more starts at Newcastle Falcons for over a year and is expected to make a big breakthrough sooner rather than later.
The academy product impressed in the 2016 and 2017 Premiership Rugby 7s competitions and shone in the European Challenge Cup with ten tries.
No player managed more in the competition and, after picking up the Anglo-Welsh Cup Breakthrough Player award, his Premiership Rugby debut soon followed.
He’ll be hoping to nail down a regular starting spot this year but there’s no doubting his ability to find the tryline.
Ribbans joined Northampton Saints in the winter of 2017 from South African side Western Province, after rising through the ranks in Cape Town and being their Young Forward Of The Year.
And although Ribbans made five appearances for Saints in his first few months at the club and was very effective throughout the 2017/18 campaign.
Ribbans made 13 appearances last season, scoring three tries including a double against Bath Rugby.
And at the age of just 22, it seems the forward is only going to get better with Saints fans eager to see how he develops as a player next season.
After an impressive debut season for Northampton Saints, many are excited to see where the career of Piers Francis could be heading.
After developing his game in New Zealand, Francis was called up to the England squad to travel to Argentina just four weeks after putting pen to paper with the Saints.
He made his debut from the bench in the first Test and got his first international as England earned a 2-0 series win with a 35-25 success in Santa Fe.
He continues to be part of Eddie Jones’ plans as the World Cup approaches in 2019 and will want to continue to show what he can do in a Saints shirt.
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