Although the 2015 Rugby World Cup is still some months away, it is never too early to start taking a look at some of the best young players that will probably take part in the tournament. While some veteran players will still make an impact, a new generation of rugby talents will also try to make a name for themselves. There are rugby hospitality options if you want to go and watch yourself. If you are interested in learning more about young players, such as Anthony Watson or Kurtley Beale, this article will give you some information about what to expect from them for the next Rugby World Cup.
Anthony Watson (England)
Even though he is just 19 years old, this English rugby player has been preparing all his life for an opportunity to represent his country in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Born in Ashford in 1994, Anthony Watson played for England in the 2011 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, where he was able to make an impression. While he played as a full-back for the London Irish until this very year, he has recently moved to the Bath Rugby, where he is expected to unleash his full potential in 2014.
Watson has already been asked to train with the England national rugby union team last November, something that the young player regarded as a “great experience” that allowed him to “learn a lot”. While he still has a long way to go to fully develop as a rugby player, everybody will be paying special attention to this young star in the hopes that he will become exactly what the England team needs.
Kurtley Beale (Australia)
The last time Australia was able to win the Rugby World Cup was in 1999, but since then, she has really struggled. Even ten years ago, when the World Cup was held in Australia, she only managed to become the runner-up. On the other hand, the Australia national rugby union team has huge expectations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, thanks in great part to a series of very promising young players, such as Kurtley Beale, who is expected to become a central piece of the team in just one or two years.
While Kurtley Beale has been playing for Australia since he was 17, the fact is that he is still considered an very inconsistent player. After having some alcohol-related problems, he is now fully recovered and ready to be the rugby player everyone expects him to become in the future. He has played for the Waratahs and the Rebels, alternating between the full-back and fly-half positions, something that makes him a very versatile player that can easily tear through even the tougher defences.
Jan Serfontein (South Africa)
South Africa, who managed to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup, is once again one of the main contenders for the 2015 World Cup. Thanks to young players such as Jan Serfontein, who was born in 1993, the South Africa national rugby union team is expected to become one of the most powerful rugby teams in the tournament.
Jan Serfontein, who has been playing as the starting centre for the Vodacom Bulls since 2013, was awarded the International Rugby Board Junior Player of the Year in 2012, something that has focused a lot of media attention on him. While Serfontein has still to debut with South Africa, he will probably become a key piece of the team just in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.