Leicester Tigers full back Freddie Steward has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in international rugby union in 2021. The England international has just five caps for his country, but there are sure to be many more to come for the 20-year-old.
Steward made his debut for England in a 43-29 success against the United States back in July. England head coach Eddie Jones used that game to give several players on the fringes of selection to get the chance to shine, as many of his regulars were on duty for the British and Irish Lions.
In what was his fourth appearance for England, Steward’s first international try came in an excellent 32-15 victory over Australia in an Autumn international. It was a brilliant try from the Leicester man who cut through the Wallabies defense, stepped inside and sprinted to the try line.
The man of the match performance from Steward should prove to Jones that he is ready to play a leading role in this England team at the Six Nations in 2022. England are second favorites at +500 in sports betting for the Six Nations behind France.
It can be expected that Steward will be part of Jones’ squad for the World Cup in 2023. They are sure to be one of the best betting tips for that tournament as they proved they have the game to beat the best when they defeated South Africa this year.
Future Looks Good for England
Steward is not the only player who has recently broken into the England team and looks set to stay. Marcus Smith has emerged as real challenger to Owen Farrell for the number 10 jersey. Smith played at 10 against Australia, with Farrell switching to 12.
Bevan Rodd was handed an unexpected debut in that game against the Wallabies following Ellis Genge’s late withdrawal. The prop, who plays for Sale Sharks, did not look out of place at Twickenham.
Jones is going to have a dilemma over the next few months as he will have lots of options when all his players are available for selection. His side are building towards the World Cup in France in 2023. The 2019 runners-up could look very different to the side which lost to South Africa in the final two years ago.
Steward Continues to Shine for Leicester
Steward, and the other recent debutants, will be doing all they can to continue to improve and impress when they return to their domestic clubs. The England full back has played 42 times for Leicester.
After making his debut in January 2019 for the Tigers, Steward has had to remain patient for his chance to feature as a regular in the Premiership club. He has scored 23 points so far but his influence on the team has been more than tries.
Steward sometimes takes penalties from long distance as his range is much longer than most kickers. This is an area of his game which makes him even more appealing for Jones.
It may not be long before Steward becomes one of the best full backs in world rugby. England are going to benefit once he gets even more experience at the highest level. They will be very optimistic about their chances at the Six Nations next year with Steward and Smith in their squad.