Head to head: Garry Ringrose v Rory Hutchinson

Charlie Talbot-Smith
04 December 2019

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Northampton Saints v Leinster is a match-up that evokes a lot of European history.

The mind immediately goes back to 2011, the Cardiff final and the comeback to end all comebacks from the boys in blue.

There was also the Christmas double header back in 2013 when Saints got ripped apart at home and then went to Dublin and gained revenge.

But our main match-up this weekend from an individual perspective is all about the future rather than the past.

Two of the most exciting young talents in the game will go head to head in midfield this weekend when Rory Hutchinson and Garry Ringrose match up.

And you would think this is a face-off that we are going to see plenty of over the next few years in the colours of both club and country.

Ringrose is already well-established as an international star, one of the few Ireland players whose reputation was not damaged out in Japan.

And he looks back to his best in blue as well, a hat-trick at the RDS against Benetton in round 1 of Europe was proof enough of that.

Hutchinson meanwhile made his Scotland debut before the World Cup, before then being inexplicably overlooked when it came to the tournament proper.

But that disappointment has fuelled his stunning form for Northampton this season.

Last year was his breakout at No.13 for Saints, and this year under Chris Boyd the progression has continued.

Saints currently sit top of the English Premiership table and Hutchinson is a big part of that revival.

Mixing and matching between inside and outside centre this season, the arrival of All Black Matt Proctor has sharpened their attacking potential still further.

Ringrose is a Rolls Royce of a centre, but Hutchinson is not far behind the meteoric rise of the Irishman, and their midfield match-up this weekend should make for fascinating viewing.


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