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

Rugby is sometimes a thankless sport. Like others by the way. There the shadow boys will always have less visibility and recognition than the wizards of the oval ball, while for some their interest in a device is – at least – that great. In La Rochelle, for example, not many people notice the presence of Wiian Liebenberg, but it is nevertheless an essential element for the good balance of the maritime machine. In Toulouse and despite the progress of things, Pita Ahki is never the one we talk about the most. Still…

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It is like everywhere, constant, and has been since the beginning of time. But one boy seems to be paying the bills more than anyone this season for his post, his club, his image. Indeed, George McGuigan, a chubby 29-year-old whore of 5 feet and 110 pounds, looks nothing like a Camille Chat or a Codie Taylor in the same position. Even less Romain Ntamack or Owen Farrell, higher up the chain, and what we all contribute to, we journalists, to pass on the least action, the least support, the least statement. However, Newcastle’s No. 2 has been more effective than any boy cited this season. In fact, for the 2021/2022 fiscal year, he is simply the best scorer in the world among the professionals, with… 18 tests registered!

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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 post will therefore be occupied by the Premiership’s penultimate launcher, and arguably the least popular team across the Channel, the Worcester Warriors. As a result, hardly anyone knows this boy, far from the English selection, while he is statistically far ahead of all his competitors. Worse, his club replacement Jamie Blamire could count on his young age (24) to experience his first capes this season as McGuigan rested peacefully on the banks of the Tyne.

And while the vast majority of his attempts were on the run, there’s no window dressing and this McGuigan is just an excellent whore who was only slowly breaking out nationally. Proof, after starting his career with no real branding facts, the former Leicester player became a full-fledged club owner for just 3 years. A period in which he also scored no fewer than 35 tries (in 58 games). And that confirms both the trend of hookers wanting to try more and more these days (especially in England look at the statistics of Agustin Creevy or Tom Woolstencrooft), but also the opinion that the most enthusiastic Premiership viewers have him. We start with that of David Flatman, former international pillar and now consultant for BT Sports:

It’s something that a lot of people don’t like to admit, but I honestly think if he played for any other club, and if he had in the last five years, he would have had a lot of caps in the England team. He is a brilliant rugby player and it took England years to realize how good someone like Mark Wilson was. Will they ever realize how good George McGuigan is? I don’t think so and that’s such a shame. I really think he’s a great player.

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