The Top 10 Rugby Players In The World Right Now

Just imagine having these lads in your team.

Who belongs in a list of the top 10 best rugby players in the world right now? It’s more difficult thank you think. While the same 5 or 6 players will make it onto most people’s list, the remaining spots aren’t so easy.

It’s purely down to personal opinion, so we’d love to hear yours in the comments on social. Anyway here’s our list.

The Top 10 Rugby Players in the World.

10. Jonathan Davies
The Lions player of the series played some of the best rugby of his career in New Zealand this summer, catapulting him back into the limelight. One of the world’s very best at the top of his game which is where he is right now.

9. Israel Folau
His club and country may have struggled this season, but the fullback’s class still shines through. Consistently one of the world’s very best since he made the switch to union back in 2013.

8. Billy Vunipola
A real shame we didn’t get to see this man in New Zealand but there’s absolutely no doubting his talent. The number 8 was in devastating form before he was forced to pull out of the Lions tour, and no doubt will be back wreaking havoc before long.

7. Brodie Retallick
The former World Player of the Year has been the one of the best locks in the game for some time now. Scary to think he’s still only 26.

6. Ben Smith
Didn’t get to make his mark on the Lions tour due to injury but still remains one of the most intelligent rugby players in the game right now. Cool as you like in defence and devastating in attack, he’s the complete fullback.

5. Owen Farrell
The European Player of the Year was in fine form in New Zealand, kicking the Lions to a series draw. Whether he’s at 10 or 12, the England playmaker is option any team would love to have, the All Blacks included.

4. Conor Murray
Proved to everyone once again this summer that he’s the world’s best nine. His box kicks are almost unstoppable and his ability to control the game is unrivalled. He’s also a brilliant cover in defence and boasts an impressive try-scoring record.

3. Maro Itoje
Showed Gatland what he was missing after being left out of the first Test against New Zealand with two incredible games in the remaining two Tests. Words cannot describe how good he was in the third. He’s still on 22 and will only get better, that’s the scary part.

2. Kieran Read
The All Blacks captain’s form dipped a bit last season bur since returning from injury he’s been back to his old incredible self. Some big games against the Lions, he truly is one of the world’s very best.

1. Beauden Barrett
The mercurial playmaker has been in fine form for both club and country once again this season. His place-kicking needs to improve, but his playmaking skills are simply mesmerising. One of the all-time great creative players. Still only 26 mind you.

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Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor at RugbyLAD. Any queries big or small you can reach him at [email protected]

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