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International Rugby: Five players to look for in the autumn internationals

Here’s five players to keep an eye out for as they look to light up the biggest rugby stadiums in the northern hemisphere.

Mateo Carreras (Argentina)

As one of the fastest players currently playing in the Gallagher Premiership, there is plenty of excitement on what Mateo Carreras can do for Argentina in November.

The Newcastle Falcons winger made headlines with a length-of-the-field try he scored against Northampton, with the Saints defence looking as though they were running in treacle in the wake of the Argentine flyer.

At just 22 years old Carreras is still a pretty raw talent but with ball in hand and with open ground ahead of him, this winger can cause defences real problems.

Five tries in his first five appearances for Los Pumas shows Carreras has the potential to be one of the great wingers.

At just 5ft 8in tall, Carreras is one of the more diminutive wingers in the game but like Shane Williams formerly of Wales or Darcy Graham for Scotland, these electric wings have a place in the modern game of giants.

Cadan Murley (England)

A player looking to make his international debut this month for England, Harlequins winger Caden Murley is certainly a player to look out for.

The 23-year-old made his Harlequins debut in 2017 and has since gone on to make himself an important figure on the left wing for the London outfit.

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Murley will be hoping he can step out on the turf at Twickenham on Sunday when England play hosts to Argentina in their opening game of the autumn series.

With Gloucester winger Jonny May out injured, England boss Eddie Jones might be tempted to give Murley a chance to impress against Los Pumas.

Sunday’s encounter could well be a thrilling contest, especially if Murley and Carreras are on the field.

Robert Baloucoune (Ireland)

Another flyer who could light up the stage at the Aviva Stadium this month is Ulster starlet Robert Baloucoune. The 25-year-old, who can play full-back or on the wing, has already had a small taste of Test rugby, having featured for Ireland against the USA last year when he scored on debut.

Baloucoune, who measures in at 6ft 4in, was unavailable for the summer Test series win in New Zealand but should get an opportunity to impress this month.

With his size and pace, the Ulster back will be hard to miss if given a chance by Ireland head coach Andy Farrell.

Rufus McLean (Scotland)

With three caps for his country, Rufus McLean has already dipped his toe in the international waters ahead of the autumn series.

The Glasgow Warriors star has enjoyed a positive start to the United Rugby Championship campaign and was called up to the Scotland squad once again by Gregor Townsend.

While the likes of Duhan van der Merwe and Graham are above him in the pecking order, McLean will be hoping to get some minutes for Scotland this month and possibly against Fiji at the weekend as the Scots look to bounce back after a 16-15 defeat to Australia last Saturday.

Scoring two tries on debut for Scotland against Tonga in October, McLean has a devastating sidestep that he can exhibit when seemingly running at full pace.

Looking to feature for the all-important Six Nations games at the start of next year, McLean will be eager to prove he is worthy of a starting role for the Scots going forward.

Christ Tshiunza (Wales)

The only forward to make the list for players to watch out for this month, Wales’ Christ Tshiunza looks like he could be a star for the future.

At just 20 years old, Tshiunza is already a man mountain at 6ft 6in and 112 kgs. Playing at either lock or flanker and impressing in the Premiership with Exeter Chiefs, there is plenty of excitement about what Tshiunza can achieve at Test level.

Making his Wales debut against Fiji in November last year, Tshiunza is back in Wayne Pivac’s squad for intriguing games against New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia and Australia this month.

Another player with a bright future, Tshiunza looks like he could be a mainstay in the Wales squad for years to come and even a British & Irish Lions star down the line.

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