We of the modern sports sphere have developed a healthy obsession with the athletic youth and are ever eager to find the next best thing before anyone else can.
As rugby progresses, so too does the quality of our starlets. Players mature faster and stronger but also earlier than ever before, as if natural selection's greatest priority were to see the sport thrive.
Ahead of what promises to be an epic 2014, read on for a list of youngsters you can expect to break out as elite rugby stars in the next 12 months.
Here, we're looking at players aged 23 or under who have yet to assert themselves as household names and, for the most part, lack any international experience. So, while the likes of Julian Savea and Owen Farrell might qualify under the age restrictions, they have already had their "breakout years."
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