All eyes on the Rugby World Cup 2023, about to take place later this year.
France is set to host the 10th edition of the Men’s Rugby World Cup, with 20 nations competing for the trophy from September 8th to October 28th. Having lost out in the finals on the first three previous occasions, France is eager-beaver and desperate to win the golden reward they have never won before on home soil.
With the new year comes new challenges, new opportunities, and fringe players comes an extension of momentum from 2022 with an emphasis on team chemistry and depth.
Without further ado, let’s look into the rising stars of 2023 who are on their way to international reckoning and earn their maiden Test caps and also into some of the possibilities regarding it when it comes to betting in new-zealand with bet365.
Players to follow closely in 2023:
- Tom Pearson- England
The 23-year-old has not just caught the attention of England’s new head coach with his relevant stats but talent unlimited as an openside flanker. The London back-rower is gleaming in all facets of the game with his stellar form for the Exiles this year.
Pearson has the rare intelligence of when to compete for the ball and the instinct of being in the right place at the right time. A solid option in the lineouts, with max versatility across positions and a robust breakdown operator, Pearson has emerged from strength to strength.
- Sacha Mngomezulu- South Africa
The 21-year-old captained South Africa last year by setting himself lofty goals and is longing to be involved in the Springbok squad at this year’s Rugby World Cup.
In his URC debut for the Stormers, he looked absolutely unfazed by the pressure of professional rugby despite being placed in highly demanding positions. He is eyeing the World Cup spot and yearning to kick on and represent the country later this year. Mngomezulu is a clear surprise-kicking package on the field.
- Oli Jager- New Zealand
Irish Prop Oli Jager has signed on with the Crusaders until 2024 and has had a stupendous successful six years with the club. The front rower is a part of six winning squads in many years but has also had his share of issues in the recent years.
The 27-year old won’t playing for Ireland anytime soon and takes a step closer to donning the famous black jersey after being named in a 28-man All Blacks XV touring squad. Jager has successfully scored the position of being a key player for the Crusaders.
- Edwin Edogbo- Ireland
From Cobh to rising Munster star, Edwin Edogbo has set his strides on an incredible journey. The young lad has shot to stardom in 2022 with an imposing presence in the Munster engine room. Considering his age, the rugby star is winning breakdown turnovers with some great instinct.
The 20-year old earned his first start for Munster against the Bulls in the season and outshined with his power-packed performance against South Africa. Weighing more than 120 kgs and standing at 6’5″, the rugby star is just the second-rower that Ireland needed.
Meanwhile Martín Bogado, Fines-Leleiwase, Ben Healy and Tate McDermott are unique players set to showcase a year of sharpening skills and natural flair. These players are geared to step up in 2023 and set the bar rather high.