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Top 50 Players On The Planet, According To Welsh Media

Wales Online have complied their list of the games best players.

Although lists compiling the games best players tend to be interesting to read, ultimately they are often of little value.

Indeed, while some of rugby’s top tight heads may not earn the meters, line breaks and plaudits they often deserve, a quality scrummager can be the difference between winning and losing.

Similarly, although wingers can often be lauded, the flankers who provide their back three with quick ball go unseen.

Nevertheless, for some strange reason, many of us not only feel the need to rank players who have little in common, but enjoy doing so.

Therefore we were logically attracted to this list published on Wales Online.

50. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
49. Sean O’Brien (Ireland)
48. Dane Coles (New Zealand)
47. Justin Tipuric (Wales)
46. Santiago Cordero (Argentina)
45. Mike Brown (England)
44. Stephen Moore (Australia)
43. Nemani Nadolo (Fiji)
42. Handre Pollard (South Africa)
41. Agustin Creevy (Argentina)
40. Scott Fardy (Australia)
39. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)
38. Ramiro Herrera (Argentina)
37. Lood de Jager (South Africa)
36. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)
35. Scott Sio (Australia)
34. Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia)
33. Adam Ashley Cooper (Australia)
32. Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina)
31. Juan Imhoff (Argentina)
30. Dan Biggar (Wales)
29. Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
28. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
27. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
26. Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)
25. Nehe Milner Skudder (New Zealand)
24. Sam Warburton (Wales)
23. Drew Mitchell (Australia)
22. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)
21. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
20. Bernard Foley (Australia)
19. Fourie du Preez (South Africa)
18. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Argentina)
17. Ben Smith (New Zealand)
16. Francois Louw (South Africa)
15. Kieran Read (New Zealand)
14. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
13. Conrad Smith (New Zealand)
12. Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
11. Matt Giteau (Australia)
10. Israel Folau (Australia)
9. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
8. Michael Hooper (Australia)
7. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
6. Schalk Burger (South Africa)
5. Bryan Habana (South Africa)
4. Julian Savea (New Zealand)
3. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
2. David Pocock (Australia)
1. Dan Carter (New Zealand)

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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