The two Premiership clubs chasing England prospect Cameron Redpath
Just 20-years-old, he played two seasons for England U20s, and has now made over 20 senior appearances for Sale; and will be eager to land a more lucrative senior contract.
The centre linked up with Eddie Jones’ England camp last week for their three days of training in Kensington, central London, and is widely regarded as a likely future international.
With the ability to play 10, centre and fullback, Redpath now appears to have caught the attention of both Bath and Exeter Chiefs. Exeter appear likely to lose centre Sam Hill, who has been linked with a move away from the West Country side.
Exeter are also thought to be interested in Newcastle Falcons back Josh Hodge. Just 19, Hodge has been lighting up with some fine form for England U20s, so much so that Jones called him into the senior Six Nations squad as Hodge as an apprentice.
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Redpath’s career trajectory has been startling. He started his rugby career at Lymm Rugby Club, and went Kings Macclesfield before earning a scholarship at Sedburgh School, where he continued his rugby development. He is also a high percentage goal kicker. Redpath has featured for England U16s and U18s and is going on tour with the U18s to South Africa this summer. He captained the Sharks U18s last season on Finals Day at Sixways.
He picked up a nasty knee injury in 2018 that has slowed his meteoric rise. A lateral meniscus tear prevented him from travelling to South Africa with the senior England side in 2018 and brought about the discovery of something much more serious.
“I went into it thinking it was just a lateral meniscus and then I got told that my ACL had been slightly ruptured for a whole season, which I didn’t know about,” Redpath told RugbyPass at the time. “They think I actually did the injury against France U17s, over a year ago. After that game I had about three months off before the tours and my knee swelled up, but I just got on with school and as it was the end of the rugby season, I didn’t really think about it.”
“I went on the school tour and it was fine, I went to South Africa with England U18s and it was fine. My knee felt great, to be honest, like there was nothing wrong with it. Then I played a whole season with it and did my meniscus. When they were scanning it, they checked the whole knee and that’s when the surgeon said I needed an ACL reconstruction. It went from zero to 100 pretty quickly!”
Thankfully, that injury is now behind the young star.
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