Leading Rugby Magazine Names Top 100 Rugby Players In The World

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Best in the world.

Leading rugby magazine Rugby World has named Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones as the best rugby player in the world right now after they put together a special panel rank the world’s Top 100 players.

Just one Irishman makes the list – Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong (10), with the likes of Conor Murray, Peter O’Mahony and Johnny Sexton failing to  even make the top 20.

“Our top 100 will cause controversy. Everyone on rugby’s planet has the perfect right to their opinion.” Rugby World writes

“However, should you disagree with our choice of top man we would uphold our right to ask where you were on March 16 when Alun Wyn Jones picked Wales up in two hands and took them to the Grand Slam; and why you apparently missed the 133 Tests before that, played by the lock of locks.”

Check out the top 20 below. Do you think anyone was unfairly overlooked in terms of the top 10?

Rugby World’s Top 20

20: James Ryan (Ireland)
19: Jonathan Davies (Wales)
18: Jamie George (England)
17: Alex Goode (England)
16: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
15: Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
14: Peceli Yato (Fiji)
13: Faf de Klerk (South Africa)
12: Billy Vunipola (England)
11: Pauline Bourdon (France women)
10: Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
9: Viliame Mata (Fiji)
8: Finn Russell (Scotland)
7: Ben Smith (New Zealand)
6: Owen Farrell (England)
5: Liam Williams (Wales)
4: Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
3: Mako Vunipola (England)
2: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
1: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Pick up the August edition of Rugby World which is on sale now for the full list.