Rugby World magazine has listed the top 100 players in the world right now which was voted by the publication’s expert panel.
In addition to the magazine’s editorial team, the panel included former Fiji 7s head coach Ben Ryan, Wasps Ladies Director of Rugby Giselle Mather and Kiwi writer Liam Napier.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones tops the list and is the best player in the world according to the magazine and on that decision Ryan said:
“He’s like superglue for any team he plays for – unbreakable in the toughest of moments – and that simultaneously elevates those around him too.
“He leads from the front with the highest level of guile, intellect and bravery that is a rarity even among the greats.”
— Rugby World (@Rugbyworldmag) June 17, 2019
Here are the players who made the top-20 of the top-100 list.
1: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
2: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
3: Mako Vunipola (England)
4: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
5: Liam Williams (Wales)
6: Owen Farrell (England)
7: Ben Smith (New Zealand)
8: Finn Russell (Scotland)
9: Viliame Mata (Fiji)
10: Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
11: Pauline Bourdon (France women)
12: Billy Vunipola (England)
13: Faf de Klerk (South Africa)
14: Peceli Yato (Fiji)
15: Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
16: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
17: Alex Goode (England)
18: Jamie George (England)
19: Jonathan Davies (Wales)
20: James Ryan (Ireland)