The 20 Next Big Stars of World Rugby

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The 20 Next Big Stars of World Rugby
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Young talent is sought after in rugby union. Clubs are always striving to pack their squads not just with current stars of the game but also the next wave of future potential.

It's just the way of things that while some players take their time in flourishing and only really discovering their optimum powers in the late 20s, others are mature at a faster rate, whether it be physically, mentally or a combination of the two.

With an eye on next year's Rugby World Cup, we've delved into the line-ups of teams both from the northern and southern hemispheres, syphoning out those names one can expect to see blossom in the months and even years to come.

For the most part, players under the age of 23, most of whom are yet to establish a presence on the international scene, have been given prominence in our countdown. However, there are those capped inclusions who simply couldn't be ignored and are tipped to go on to accomplish big things in the sport.

As such, those more well-known players, irrespective of their age, have been omitted in some cases, but let us know who you think should have made the list in the forum below.

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