30 Somethings

The walesonline website recently published a list of the top 30 players in the world at the moment, as compiled by their rugby writers.

No list can be definitive and any inclusions/omissions likely to open up an argument – but it is a pretty good compilation I think –

  1. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
    2. Kieran Read (New Zealand)
    3. Maro Itoje (England)
    4. Ben Smith (New Zealand)
    5. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
    6. Dane Coles (New Zealand)
    7. Owen Farrell (England)
    8. Jonathan Davies (Wales)
    9. Israel Folau (Australia)
    10. Conor Murray (Ireland)
    11. Billy Vunipola (England)
    12. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)
    13. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
    14. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
    15. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
    16. Leone Nakarawa (Fiji)
    17. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
    18. Facundo Isa (Argentina)
    19. Bernard Foley (Australia)
    20. Sam Cane (New Zealand)
    21. Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
    22. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
    23. Michael Hooper (Australia)
    24. Kurtley Beale (Australia)
    25. Louis Picamoles (France)
    26. Agustin Creevy (Argentina)
    27. Wesley Fofana (France)
    28. Israel Dagg (New Zealand)
    29. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
    30. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

New Zealand dominate which is to be expected – however I suspect that South Africa will feel the most hard done by – with only Eben Etzebeth making the cut.

With the Lions making the Super Rugby final they would have expected to get more of a showing.

Worth taking a copy (and your prejudices) next time you go down the pub!

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