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Defending champions Harlequins kick off their Gallagher Premiership title defense against Newcastle as Saracens return to Premiership with difficult trip to Bristol

Last updated: 09/14/21 9:06 PM

Louis Lynagh made a huge impact for Quins last season

The 2021-22 Gallagher Premiership season promises to be another exciting national campaign.

Here has Air sports, we have selected five players who could prove to be the main attractions of the flagship competition of the English rugby club.

Louis Lynagh (Harlequins)

At the age of 20, Lynagh has already left an indelible mark in Harlequins’ rich history by scoring two late tries that earned him his first Premiership title since 2012 as Quins beat Exeter 40-38 at Twickenham in June.

The exciting wing is qualified to play for three countries – Italy by birth, England in residence and Australia, with Lynagh’s father, Michael, an all-time great Wallabie. Michael Lynagh helped his country win the 1991 World Cup and amassed 911 test points.

Having made such an impact at Quins last season, it will be fascinating to watch Lynagh’s progress this season as a key weapon in the England champions’ attacking arsenal.

Freddie Steward (Leicester)

Gallagher Premiership 2021-22: Five players who could set the competition on fire this season |  Rugby Union News

Freddie Steward made his England debut against the United States

The Leicester Steward full-back is considered one of the best prospects in English rugby. The 20-year-old has played in the rugby test before, making his England debut in a 43-29 victory over the United States this summer and impressing many observers with his impeccable work under the high ball, his defensive excellence global and offensive creativity.

He continues to impress as part of a new Leicester squad formed by head coach Steve Borthwick, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him included in England boss Eddie Jones’ autumn international plans.

Alfie Barbeary (Wasps)

Gallagher Premiership 2021-22: Five players who could set the competition on fire this season |  Rugby Union News

Alfie Barbeary hopes to stay injury free this season

If Lady Luck had been on his side, it is likely that 20-year-old Barbeary would have started this season with the Wasps as an England international.

But he suffered from injuries, so much so that he only played a fraction of rugby this year that he would have hoped. The misfortune started with calf and hamstring problems, then he suffered a fractured cheek and orbit during club training.

The dynamic forward from the back-line, who scored three tries on his club debut a year ago, will aim to make an early impact in the Wasps national campaign and once again show the quality that has already done sit down and take note of so many people.

Joe Simmonds (Exeter)

Gallagher Premiership 2021-22: Five players who could set the competition on fire this season |  Rugby Union News

Joe Simmonds of Exeter was previously captain of the Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup and for the Premiership title

The Exeter Simmonds opener may only be 24 years old, but he was once captain of the Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup and for the Premiership title. These are Exeter’s standards, however, that they will more easily reflect on a trophy-less campaign last season which saw them come out in the European Cup quarter-finals and suffer an excruciating loss in the Premiership final to the Harlequins.

Simmonds, whose older brother Sam set a new Premiership tryout record last season and won the British and Irish Lions selection, is essential for a consistently strong Exeter side. Expect a big season from him.

Adam Radwan (Newcastle)

Gallagher Premiership 2021-22: Five players who could set the competition on fire this season |  Rugby Union News

Falcons aviator Adam Radwan is one of the most powerful attacking forces in the league

If the brutal pace terrifies opposing defenses, then Newcastle winger Radwan has to be one of the Premiership’s scariest figures. One of the most powerful offensive forces in the league, he transferred that reputation to the international stage this summer as the 23-year-old marked his England debut by scoring three tries against Canada at Twickenham.

His strike rate at Newcastle has seen him amass 36 touchdowns in just 46 appearances, and he promises to be a major player in the Falcons’ attempt to make an impact on this season’s Premiership.

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