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Defending champions Harlequins start their Gallagher Premiership title defense against Newcastle, while the Saracens return to the Premier League with a tough away game against Bristol

Last updated: 14/09/21 21:06

Louis Lynagh had a massive impact on Quins last season

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

Here at Sky Sports, we have selected five players who could prove star attractions in the English club town’s performance competition.

Louis Lynagh (Harlequins)

At the age of 20, Lynagh has already left an indelible mark on Harlequin’s rich history by scoring two late attempts that secured a first Premier League title since 2012, when Quins beat Exeter 40-38 at Twickenham in June.

The exciting wing is qualified to play for three countries – Italy through birth, England at home and Australia, with Lynagh’s father Michael an all-time Wallabies big. Michael Lynagh helped his country win the World Cup in 1991 and collected 911 test points.

Having had such an impact on Quin’s final period, it will be fascinating to observe Lynagh’s progress this season as a key weapon in the English champions’ attacking arms.

Freddie Steward (Leicester)

Freddie Steward made his England debut against the United States

Freddie Steward made his England debut against the United States

Leicester defender Steward is seen among the brightest prospects of English rugby. The 20-year-old has already played test rugby, which debuted in England in a 43-29 victory over the United States this summer and impressed several observers through his immaculate work under the high ball, all-round defensive expertise and attacking creativity.

He continues to impress as part of a new Leicester team being formed by head coach Steve Borthwick, and it would come as no surprise to see him form part of England boss Eddie Jones’ international plans for the autumn.

Alfie Barbeary (wasps)

Alfie Barbeary hopes to remain injury-free this season

Alfie Barbeary hopes to remain injury-free this season

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

But he has suffered from injuries so much that he has only played a fraction of rugby this year that he would have hoped for. Veen started with calf and hoarding problems, then he got a broken cheek and eye socket during club training.

The dynamic full-back forward, who scored three tries on his full club debut a year ago, will aim to make an early impact during the Wasps’ domestic campaign and once again show the quality that has already made so many sit up and notice it.

Joe Simmonds (Exeter)

Exeter's Joe Simmonds has already captained the Chiefs for the Heineken Champions Cup and Premier League title successes

Exeter’s Joe Simmonds has already captained the Chiefs for the Heineken Champions Cup and Premier League title successes

Exeter flying half Simmonds may be only 24, but he has already captained the Chiefs for the Heineken Champions Cup and Premiership successes. Such are Exeter’s standards that they will more easily reflect on a campaign without trophies last season, where they came to a European Championship quarter-final exit and suffered a nauseating loss in the Premier League final against the Harlequins.

Simmonds, whose older brother Sam set a new Premier League record last season and achieved selection of British and Irish lions, is crucial to a consistently performing Exeter team. Expect a great season from him.

Adam Radwan (Newcastle)

Falcons flyer Adam Radwan is one of the league's most potent attacking forces

Falcons flyer Adam Radwan is one of the league’s most potent attacking forces

If raw pace scares the defense, Newcastle wing Radwan should be among the Premiership’s most frightening figures. One of the league’s most potent attacking forces, he transferred this reputation to the international scene this summer when the 23-year-old marked his debut in England by scoring three attempts against Canada at Twickenham.

His Newcastle strike rate has seen him collect 36 touchdowns from just 46 appearances, and he promises to be a major player in Falcon’s attempts to make an impact in this season’s Premier League.

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