South Africa's World Cup-winning scrum-half has come an awfully long way in a short amount of time. DAMIAN PENAUD - FRANCE (Last year: New entry). Instant Success: Wallaby Skelton has been a big hit for Saracens (Getty Images). You can unsubscribe at any time. 5. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<, Follow the links below to find out who makes the cut…, Our next section of the 100 best players…, Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot…, Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top…. 47. PABLO MATERA - ARGENTINA (Last year: 37). ALUN WYN JONES - WALES (Last year: 20). When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. TADHG FURLONG - IRELAND (Last year: 7). 24. Wilkinson holds the Rugby World Cup points record with 277 and is the only player to score points in two Rugby World Cup Finals. >> Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5 in our Autumn Subscription Trial. The smirk in front of the haka may give ammunition for those who love to hate the England captain, but his ability as a top-class playmaker cannot be denied. The big Springboks No. BRODIE RETALLICK - NEW ZEALAND (Last year: 2). 46. Is the right person at No 1? The Fijian was seemingly unstoppable in Japan at times. These are the 50 greatest rugby players in the world in 2019. 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A full list of contents for Rugby World's November 2020 issue, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google, The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91, The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola, The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett, The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones, Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5, LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS. The age of players spans from 21 to 37, while the most common positions are back three (19%) and back row (18%). Now, in Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, they have two working in tandem. MAKAZOLE MAPIMPI - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: New entry). That was the motto thrown about during the World Cup. JACK GOODHUE - NEW ZEALAND (Last year: New entry). 27. When he is well-supported and focused, he can flay a defence with an angled run, a dinked kick, a looping pass and a face-splitting grin. Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. England fly-half Owen Farrell topped the chart back then, but who is the best player in the world right now? 23. LIAM WILLIAMS - WALES (Last year: 41). In the space of three weeks last year, he starred for the Barbarians, helped Fiji win the London Sevens and scored a try on his Test debut. MBONGENI MBONAMBI - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: New entry). He was destructive for them throughout 2019 as he managed more Tests in one calendar year than he had in the previous five combined. A danger man. The real rugby fan’s real rugby man. 48. A reassuring presence and named in the Pro14 Dream Team. Coach Dave Wessels has said Cooper is “probably a once-in-a-generation player, he can do some things that make you go, ‘Gee, how did that happen?’”, Remember, too, that Cooper hasn’t played for the Wallabies since 2017. Eighteen months have passed since Rugby World last compiled the ultimate list of the 100 best players in the world right now. Never stops working either side of the ball. TENDAI MTAWARIRA - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: New entry). 38. He can go around you or through you. Any person tasked with tracking his quick feet will be left with sore ankles and twisted blood. On form, the Australian winger is a near unstoppable force. A slightly quiet World Cup probably saw a few sneak past him, but his performances for Saracens and Wales this year have cemented his place as a world class player. There are also nine Irish players and five Scots, with 15 countries represented in all. Our. ARDIE SAVEA - NEW ZEALAND (Last year: 50). Top 10 Greatest Rugby Players of All Time Former Welsh rugby union player Gareth Edwards is “arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey” according to the BBC. JONATHAN DAVIES - WALES (Last year: 11). The 100 Best Rugby Players in the World. The fact they won it shows it was easier said than done. With that, I have no doubt he will come into strong contention for selection.”. They're numbers that shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of defenders, but Cheslin Kolbe cares little for size. There was a time that Josh Navidi was considered a fine club player who'd never make the step up to international rugby. With the Rugby World Cup the high-point of the year, it's understandable that the selections are heavily influenced by what happened in Japan - but the list is taking in to account the whole of 2019. 26. 36. Having helped NZ qualify for the next Olympics, Brazier will next be playing Test rugby as part of the squad for the Women’s Super Series. Saracens and England didn't lose too many games this year. MAKO VUNIPOLA  - ENGLAND (Last year: 23). One defeat for club and country in the 2018/19 season summed up a magnificent spell for the bomb-defusing full-back. 35. 41. During the World Cup, Himeno was described as Japan's 'beating heart'. Fantastic Full-back: Tremouliere was a big loss during France’s 2019 Six Nations campaign (Getty Images). KEN OWENS - WALES (Last year: New entry). 22. 2019 saw a remarkable rise for Mbonambi - ascending from the Springboks reserve hooker behind Malcolm Marx to the man in possession of the number two jersey as South Africa won a third World Cup. The All Blacks star is arguably the most prodigiously talented player in world rugby. Significant Armoury: Francis continues to add many strings to his bow (Getty Images). 17. Formidable Partnership: Back playing alongside Will Genia, Cooper has found his mojo again (Getty Images), >> Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5 in our Autumn Subscription Trial.