Ones to watch in Gallagher Premiership Rugby: Wasps and Worcester Warriors
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 Wasps and Worcester Warriors.
Familiar faces, new signings and potential stars of the future, here’s four players you need to know.
Willie Le Roux
Willie Le Roux joined Wasps back in February of 2017 and the South African has certainly made a splash in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since his arrival.
Signing from Japanese side Canon Eagles, Le Roux shone in his first full season in black and gold, scoring a total of eight tries in 26 games.
Le Roux was not only able to prove how valuable he is when it comes to try scoring – he also showed his versatility, being able to play as wing and fly-half as well as full-back.
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Le Roux has built a reputation as one of the most electrifying full-backs in world rugby, and many will be hoping that the 28-year-old can continue his heroics for Wasps next season.
Will Rowlands is a player that is still developing and maturing his game, and many do believe we have only seen a glimpse of what the 26-year-old is capable of.
Rowlands has recently become more and more of a first-team regular in the Wasps set-up, making 20 appearances in the 2017/18 season – the most appearances he’s ever made in a black and gold shirt.
And it’s clear that Wasps have big hopes for Rowlands after awarding him a contract extension at the club in February of 2018.
The lock, who towers at a height of 6’8’’, is evidently improving at Wasps and undoubtedly has the potential to be one of England’s best forwards in the future.
After just one season at Sixways, former Northampton Saints prop Ethan Waller has proved he is definitely one to keep an eye on.
While at Northampton, Waller became a regular in the first-team line-up during the Saints’ campaign of 2013/14 – a season which saw him win the club’s Young Player of the Season award.
However, in the summer off 2017, Waller was to seek pastures new and headed to Worcester, and after just one season at the club he has already established himself in the first team at Warriors.
The loosehead prop made 25 appearances in his debut campaign at Worcester, scoring one try against Brive in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
The fact Waller was able to impress so much in his first season at Sixways has left many eager to see what he can muster up in the 2018/19 campaign.
Shillcock is unarguably one of the most promising talents at Worcester Warriors.
His rise to becoming a regular first-team name began when the fly-half was presented with a huge opportunity early in the 2016/17 campaign in the absence of full-back Chris Pennell.
And the Englishman took his opportunity with both hands, providing two assists on his Gallagher Premiership Rugby debut against Bath Rugby. He then marked his home debut with two well-worked tries against Sale Sharks a week later.
In the 2017/18 season, he continued to impress, scoring four tries, seven conversions and four penalties in 21 games.
At the age of just 20, the future looks bright for Shillcock, and Warriors fans will be desperate to see how their rising star can do this season.
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