Young English Stars Keep the Guinness Premiership Flowing.

Sean KellyAnalyst IMay 26, 2008

This past Guinness Premiership season has provided fans with some of the greatest rugby union ever played in this league.

Often branded as boring, bland, and slow compared to its Southern Hemisphere counterpart, the Super 14, the Premiership campaign has given us some great, high scoring, fast flowing and aggressive games.

With five sides battling for the title, it has gone right down to the wire, with possibly the two most deserving teams not quite cutting it at the last hurdle.

Highlights of the season for me have been the epic high-scoring battle held at the Rec between Bath and London Wasps, and the surprise package Harlequins just missing out on a semi-final spot against the ever powerful Leicester. But so many games have been nothing short of amazing.

With fears about foreign players ruining the English game, we can see these arguments completely flawed as a majority of the talent has come from the true home of rugby.

Danny Cipriani has been one of the English players leading the way this season, with numerous great displays which led to his full England debut in the Six Nations. Matt Stevens is another Englishman to have shone. He is already a Bath legend, showing off-loading skills that the All Black threequarters would be proud of.

With the English sides playing such attractive rugby, it remains to be seen whether the players can carry this on through to the summer tour of New Zealand.

Despite the cruel loss of Cipriani to an  horrific injury, England have a wealth of players they can choose from who can certainly do our country proud. With the likes of Matthew Tait, James Haskell, and Paul Sackey lighting up our television sets, the prospect of fast flowing rugby is higher than it has been for a number of years.

I, for one, will have my fingers crossed that the talent in the Guinness Premiership can be carried across to New Zealand.

Looking ahead to next season, I hope the new law experimentations don’t ruin the type of game we have seen being played over the past year.