Sam Underhill has become one of the hottest properties in English rugby.
Although he may only be 20 years of age, Sam Underhill has become one of England’s most sought after players.
However, as the openside finds himself playing for the Ospreys while studying in Cardiff, Underhill cannot be included in the England squad until he joins a Premiership club.
Consequently, after Eddie Jones name dropped Underhill as a potential international, long and arduous debates have been had over how the England might circumvent their policy of not selecting overseas players and cap the talented youngster before he qualifies for Wales at the end of the forthcoming season.
Nevertheless, given the complexity of the relationship between the RFU and Premiership Rugby, Underhill will remain outside of Jones’ reach until such time as he returns to England.
However that time might be about to arrive, after The Telegraph this afternoon revealed that Wasps, Northampton Saints, Worcester Warriors and Gloucester are all looking to sign Underhill, when his contract expires at the conclusion of the new season.
Wasps are known to be in the market to sign an openside, after they were heavily linked with a move for Steffon Armitage in the the Spring. Likewise, the Saints are reportedly interested in re-signing Samu Manoa, but would first have to buy out the remainder of the American’s contract with Toulon.
As a result, Jim Mallinder’s side might be more inclined to sign Underhill as a more affordable option. Despite the presence of Matt Kvesic in their squad, Gloucester have also interested in making a move for the openside, as are the Worcester Warriors who are attempting to break into the top six in the not too distant future.
However The Telegraph believe Northampton are leading the charge for Underhill, who will no doubt be the subject of continued speculation throughout the new season.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena