Fin Smith’s Rise: Premiership Glory to England Fly-Half Aspirations

Fin Smith, the young Northampton Saints star, has set his sights on the England fly-half jersey after guiding his club to Premiership glory. With George Ford’s injury absence, Smith faces a crucial chance to seize the coveted number 10 role and make his mark on the international stage.

Fin Smith Aims to Claim England Fly-Half Spot After Premiership Glory

Fresh off Northampton Saints’ Gallagher Premiership title triumph, youngster Fin Smith has set his sights on the England fly-half jersey. This opportunity has opened up after the news that George Ford will miss the upcoming summer tour due to a recurrence of his Achilles injury.

The 22-year-old orchestrated Saints’ 25-21 victory over Bath in the Premiership final at Twickenham, immediately turning his attention to the coveted number 10 role for England. “Following specialist medical advice, and in consultation with George himself, we have decided this is the best course of action,” said head coach Steve Borthwick, confirming Ford’s absence.

With Ford out, Smith now faces a duel with Harlequins’ Marcus Smith for the chance to lead England’s backline in the Tests against Japan and New Zealand. The first opportunity will come in Tokyo on June 22.

“During the Six Nations I came off the bench for 10 minutes in Italy and 15 minutes in Scotland and I don’t feel like I have actually made my mark at all on that jersey,” he said.

After guiding Saints to Premiership glory and being named the Rugby Players Association’s player of the year, the young playmaker is eager to translate his club form to the international stage. “If I make my mark and make the 10 jersey my own, that would be a massive way to end the season. Fingers crossed,” he added.

With England set to depart for Japan on Wednesday, Borthwick will name his squad on Monday, providing the final piece of the puzzle as the race for the fly-half position heats up. Smith’s chance to claim the jersey has arrived, and he is determined to seize the opportunity.

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