RUGBY. Did you know? With 18 tries this season, the top scorer in the world is a HOOKER!

Rugby is sometimes an ungrateful sport. Like the others, by the way. There, the shadow boys will always have less visibility and recognition than the magicians of the oval ball, when for some their importance in a device is -at least- just as great. In La Rochelle, for example, few people look at the presence of Wiian Liebenberg, an essential element for the good balance of the maritime machine. In Toulouse and despite the evolution of things, Pita Ahki is never the one we talk about the most. And yet…

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It’s like everywhere, constantly, and it’s been since the dawn of time. But a guy, this season, seems more than anyone to pay for the pots in his office, his club, his image. Indeed, George Mcguigan, a fat 29-year-old slut of 1m83 and 110kg, bears no resemblance to a Camille Chat or a Codie Taylor in the same position. Even less of a Romain Ntamack or Owen Farrell, the highest in the chain, and of which we all contribute, journalists, to broadcast the slightest action, the least support, the slightest statement. However, Newcastle’s No. 2 has been more effective than any guy quoted this season. Even better, for the year 2021/2022, he is simply the best scorer on the planet among professionals, with … 18 tests entered!

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No, you’re not dreaming, neither Antoine Dupont, nor Will Jordan, Baptiste Couilloud or whatever Sevu Reece have done better in the big championships. And if Max Malins or Cadan Murley defended well, the pole is occupied by the penultimate pitcher of the Premiership, and perhaps the least popular team in the whole Channel, with the Worcester Warriors. As a result, almost no one knows this guy, far from the English team although statistically he is far ahead of all his competitors. Even worse, his club replacement, Jamie Blamire, was able to count on his young age (24) to experience his first layers this season as McGuigan rested quietly on the banks of the Tyne.

And while the vast majority of her attempts have been on the go, there is no window dressing and this McGuigan is simply an excellent prostitute who has been slow to explode nationwide. The test, after starting his career without any real mark, the former Leicester player only became the club’s owner for 3 years. A period in which he also scored no less than 35 tries (in 58 games). And that confirms both the trend of hookers scoring more and more rehearsals today (especially in England, look at the stats of Augustine Creevy or Tom Woolstencrooft), as well as the opinion of most avid Premiership observers. . Let’s go with David Flatman, a former international pillar and now a consultant for BT Sports:

It’s the kind of thing a lot of people hate to admit, but I honestly think that if I played for another club, and if I did for the last five years, I would have a lot of games for the England team. He is a brilliant rugby player and it took England years to realize how good someone like Mark Wilson was, for example. Will they ever realize how good George McGuigan is? I don’t think so and it’s a shame. I really think he’s a wonderful player.

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