Ugo Moyne Says Ireland International Is Now The Best In The World In His Position

Best in the world.

Former England, Harlequins and Lions winger Ugo Monye reckons Ireland international Jacob Stockdale is the best winger in the world right now following an incredible 18 months or so for both club and country.

Stockdale has scored an impressive 12 tries in his first 14 games for Ireland, including a phenomenal solo-effort that helped the men in green defeat the mighty All Blacks back in November. He’s also the only man to score in all five rounds of the Champions Cup this season with six tries in five games.

Speaking on the BBC Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Monye says “there is a genuine fear factor” about Stockdale right now. The Ulster winger’s blend of sheer power coupled with his incredible skill makes him the best in his field right now according to the 2009 British and Irish Lions tourist.

“Speaking of another young player for whom the game looks almost too easy, at times, is Jacob Stockdale. Honestly, the bigger the stage the better he plays.” Monye said.

“He is just a phenomenal player. For me, he’s the best winger in the world.”

“He’s so incredibly difficult to tackle, and I don’t mean that in a Jonah Lomu sense. He was quite obvious in what he brought – he was a big, big man that was hard to stop. Stockdale is a big, big man that’s hard to stop, but I think there is a genuine fear factor about him now. And what that does is put an element of doubt into defenders.”

“He did that chip and chase against New Zealand and there was nothing lucky about it. That was pure skill, identification of space and execution. At the moment, everything he’s doing is sheer quality. You get guys that score tries and contribute to matches, but he’s winning matches and that’s why, I think, he is the best player in the world.”