Premierships most underrated.

Every club has it's player that the home fans adore yet is seemingly ignored by the media, other clubs fans and often International coaches. With the Premiership rugby award nominee's being announced, social media has been abuzz with people putting cases forward for their favourites.

But who are the guys that won't  get the credit?

Who are the Premierships most unsung heroes?

1 - Matt Kvesic - Gloucester Rugby

Even the most staunch Shedhead will tell you that the man they call Kev wasn't an instant hit at Kingsholm. Replacing cult hero Akapusi Qera in the Cherry and White number 7 jersey was always likely to be a tough task, but the 23 year old has flourished this season under the expert guidance of the ruck and maul guru, Laurie Fisher.

It's not just the superb work he does at the breakdown, but he's turned into a cracking ball carrier, proved by him topping the European challenge cup stats for defenders beaten ! Not bad considering you have guys like James Hook, Jonny May and Charlie Sharples in your ranks!

2 - Chris Wyles - Saracens

So many big names have come and gone at Sarries over the years, but Wyles has been the constant since he signed in 2008.The Stamford, Connecticut native has often been dubbed with the dreaded 'Utility back' tag but is more often than not found filling in one of the back 3 spaces and has 11 tries to his name this season so far.

The 45 times capped USA international is about as dependable as they come and has an impressive 125 points in 126 appearances for Saracens. Often overshadowed by his team-mates impressive achievements, but certainly the kind of player you'd rather see on your side rather than lining up against you!

3 - Dave Ewers - Exeter Chiefs

The big, Zimbabwe born, but English qualified back rower is starting to make a name for himself, after some bustling performances this season, although he only currently has 4 tries to his name, Ewers stands at 6 foot 4 and a shade under 20 stone, it's only a matter of time until he learns under the tutelage of Thomas Waldrom and starts forcing his huge frame over the tryline on a regular basis.

With players like Billy Vunipola and Ben Morgan in front of him for the England number 8 spot, and James Haskell, Tom Wood, Tom Croft et al in the 6 jersey, not to mention the emergence of Maro Itoje, Ewers may well be a Saxon again next season, but it surely won't be long before international caps await.

4 - James Wilson (Northampton Saints)

Another player who is the 'forgotten man' due to his world class team mates. The deceptively large (6 foot 5!) New Zealand born player is listed as a center, but has played a large part of the season as a very impressive full back during the absence of Ben Foden.

Makes great yards with the ball in hand, has a siege gun of a boot on him and is a colossus in defence, using his huge frame to its fullest putting in some bone shattering hits, a trait in which there's a few Saints players share with Wilson. Whether it's the last line of defence, or as a fast breaking centre, Wilson is the real deal.

5 - Carl Fearns - Bath Rugby

Outside of Bath, Carl Fearns is probably best known for his skirmish with Gavin Henson on a night out with the Bath squad, but amongst the Bath fans (and fans of his former club Sale Sharks), Fearns is a very highly thought of player, who yet again suffers with being overshadowed by his team-mates.

The Scouse back rower looks older than his 25 years, and heavier than his 19 stone plus, but his size hides the fact that Fearns is a deadly effective player, especially during the dark arts of the breakdown or used as a first receiver to bulldoze the first defender(s). Fearns has represented England, but it was an uncapped match against the Barbarians, he's certainly got the time, and the talent, to get back to the first team for a capped match!


I'd be interested to hear who your examples of an unsung, or underrated player from your favourite club!!