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The Top 10 Goal Kickers In World Rugby Right Now

England v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Over the years we have all at some time debated the identity of the world’s best goal kickers.

Indeed many of us have had that very argument over a few too many jars. Therefore, while we might all come up a very similar top 10, many of us will disagree over the order.

As a result, we have had to turn to cold hard statistics to objectively ascertain who are in fact rugby’s most accurate goal kickers.

However in order to come up with our statistically driven list, we have turned to the guys over at

Using match data, not only quantify kickers on their success rate, but also factor in the distance and angle of the kick, altitude, side of field and foot used, score difference (to indicate pressure), whether the kicker was playing home or away, and if the kick was struck during either the first or second half.

All of the above data is then placed into a complicated mathematical equation, and published on a ranking table.

It must be remembered however, that this system awards ranking points based more on the difficulty of the kick, rather than the a players conversion rate.

As a result, a high percentage strike rate does not necessarily correspond to a players ranking, as they may have converted a larger number of straight forward kicks at goal.

In order to add a little more context, we have only included players who have had a minimum of 20 kicks at goal during 2016.


[tie_slide]10. Louis Fouche (Kings). Strike Rate: 31/44. Percentage Strike Rate: 70.5%

Super Rugby: Southern Kings v Jaguares
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[tie_slide]9. Nicolas Sanchez (Jaguares) Strike Rate: 63/83. Percentage Strike Rate: 75.9%

Super Rugby Rd 2 - Sharks v Jaguares
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[tie_slide]8. Lima Sopoaga (Highlanders)  Strike Rate: 64/89. Percentage Strike Rate: 71.9%

Super Rugby Rd 17 - Highlanders v Chiefs
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[tie_slide]7. Fred Zeilinga (Cheetahs) Strike Rate: 32/42. Percentage Strike Rate: 76.2% 

Absa Currie Cup: Toyota Free State v DHL Western Province
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[tie_slide]6. Tusi Pisi (Sunwolves) Strike Rate: 37/51. Percentage Strike Rate: 72.5%

Super Rugby Rd 11 - Sunwolves v Force
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[tie_slide]5. Joe Pietersen (Sharks) Strike Rate: 26/32. Percentage Strike Rate: 81.3%

Super Rugby Rd 3 - Stormers v Sharks
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[tie_slide]4. Kurt Morath (San Diego Breakers) Strike Rate: 36/47. Percentage Strike Rate: 76.6%

France v Tonga - IRB RWC 2011 Match 35
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[tie_slide]3. Dan Biggar (Wales) Strike Rate: 30/35. Percentage Strike Rate: 85.7%

New Zealand v Wales
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[tie_slide]2. Owen Farrell (England) Strike Rate: 47/58. Percentage Strike Rate: 81%

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Owen Farrell of England lines up a penalty during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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[tie_slide]1. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland) Strike Rate: 33/38. Percentage Strike Rate: 86.8%

Wales v Scotland - RBS Six Nations
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