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Five Fantastic Fly-Halves Who Will Star In The Aviva Premiership Next Year

Many Premiership teams build their squad around a quality number ten. 

Owen Farrell, George Ford and Rhys Priestland lead their respective sides week in, week out.

They provide the stable axis for the team to revolve and develop around.

But who are the five fly-halves to watch out for in the 2018/2019 season?

Dan Biggar

Biggar is arguably the biggest fly-half to move into the Aviva Premiership for a long time.

The Wales starter will make the move from South Wales to Northampton Saints, having amassed enough caps to still represent his country.

The reliable kicker also provides a great link between the scrum and the potential centre partnership of Burrell and Francis.

The Saints will be hoping for an impact from the fly-half; they currently sit 10th in the league.

Look forward to Bigger going head-to-head with the likes of Farrell and Ford next year.

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Lima Sopoaga

Bigger may be the biggest name to join the Premiership this year but Lima Sopoaga is likely to be the most exciting.

The All Black-capped ten will be replacing Cipriani at Wasps, whose leaving at the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season.

Sopoaga, who’s amassed 73 Highlanders appearances, will provide a running threat to the Ricoh based side.

The one area of concern can sometimes be his kicking, but with Jimmy Gopperth in the side, this shouldn’t become an issue.

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George Barton

You may be wondering who this is, an unknown name among international fly-halves.

Barton has just completed the under 18s series with Gloucester Rugby.

It’s way too optimistic to be thinking of Barton as a Premiership starter next season, or the one after for that matter.

However, the teenage star scored an incredible 80 points in six conference games this season, including 24 conversions and four tries.

He was carried off on a stretcher on finals day this year but he could be the next Marcus Smith style wonder star sooner or later.

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Marcus Smith

Speaking of Smith, this season has been incredible for the teenager.

The 19-year-old, who was born in 1999, has been rewarded with a senior contract.

The fly-half faces a huge season next year.

Eddie Jones has already noted Maro Itoji as suffering from ‘second season’ syndrome.

Smith faces the same problem, after being so successful in his first season as a regular starter.

As an apprentice player, Smith will be looking to retain his place in England’s wider training squads going into next season.

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Billy Searle

The fly-half to watch next year is likely to be Billy Searle.

The 21-year-old has impressed this season for Bristol in the Championship after making his debut for the relegated side in the 2016/2017 season.

Searle will be playing Premiership rugby next year, for Bristol or his rumoured next club, Wasps.

He will be impressing across the Premiership next year for sure.

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