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Gallagher Premiership: Six players to watch next season

The 2023/2024 Gallagher Premiership season is now over, but there were plenty of players who put their hands up to become key men moving forwards.

Be that promising academy graduates, players getting their first true taste of Premiership action after years on the side lines or even players at the end of their careers adding new dynamics, there is so much to look forward to already ahead of the next campaign.

With that thought in mind, here are six players to keep an eye on ahead of the 2024/2025 Premiership season.

Six players to watch next season

Max Norey

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The Exeter Chiefs hooker really ended the season in good form, and this should set him up for a solid 24/25 campaign. He is a very powerful, dynamic hooker and puts himself about on both sides of the ball, but he blends that well with a good set-piece game as well. With Jack Yeandle picking up a serious injury at the end of the season too, he could quickly become a regular in the Chiefs 23.

Tommy Wyatt

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We might be calling his return from injury too quickly here, but Tommy Wyatt could easily be one of Exeter’s main men next year. The fullback was such an attacking threat prior to his season-ending ACL injury in January, to the point where he was still in the top five for meters made in the Premiership in late April. Rob Baxter has also detailed his belief he will return a much better player following his injury layoff, which is quite a scary thought considering his form before it.  

Ben Bamber

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Powerful Sale Sharks forward Ben Bamber has really come of age this season. The 23-year-old made 21 appearances for the Sharks last time out, and his five starts in European competitions will have given him some valuable lessons to kick on from. He is your typical workhorse back-five forward and is capable of some really barnstorming carries and brutal tackles. His time in the England A squad earlier this year will also have put him in good stead for next year too.

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Henry Pollock

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Northampton Saints have been gifted with a brilliant back-row, but even with the departures of Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam, they will be just as strong with Pollock coming through the ranks. The U20s star has already gained valuable exposure to senior gametime with the Saints and Bedford Blues in the Championship, but he really showed his skills in the U20 Six Nations. He is a really ‘nuggety’ (I’m sorry) player, who thrives in the physicality battle, but also has pace to burn.

Will Joseph

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Feels weird calling a fully capped England international ‘one to watch’, but Will Joseph will definitely be just this next year. He made a really bright start to life at Harlequins this season prior to injury, but after a full pre-season he will be back to his best. Similarly to his brother (England icon Jonathan Joseph), he is a very silky player, who boasts a keen eye for a gap too.

Max Pepper

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His brother Guy might dominate the headlines, but Max Pepper is worth keeping an eye on next year. He has already been blooded in the Gallagher Premiership, but his time in with Durham University showed what a talent he can be as he was named BUCS Super Rugby Player of the Season. Pepper has also received call-ups for both England Students and GB 7s too.