Friday 22 September 2017

Nine Irish players make world's top 100 list - but Paul O'Connell doesn't make top 10

Jonny Sexton went over in the second half for Ireland
Jonny Sexton went over in the second half for Ireland

Jonathan Sexton is the only northern hemisphere player to be included in the world's top 10 rugby players according to the Daily Telegraph.

In explaining Sexton's selection, they wrote: "The coming man in the fly-half stakes, Sexton has shown for Ireland as well as the Lions that he has fully matured as an influential playmaker, helping his country in 2014 to one of their best ever years."

The list which is dominated by the SANZA teams also sees Paul O'Connell (17th)as one of four European players in the top 20 alongside Sexton, Sam Warburton (20th) and Sergio Parisse (14th).

Other Irish players included are Sean O'Brien (63rd), Jamie Heaslip (55th), Tommy Bowe (48th), Cian Healy (43rd), Conor Murray (39th), Rob Kearney (36th) and Peter O'Mahony (34th).

The All Blacks comprise 10 of the top 20 places with their leader, Richie McCaw chosen as the best player on the planet.

Top 20

20. Sam Warburton (Wales)

19. Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)

18. Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)

17. Paul O'Connell (Ireland)

16. Matt Giteau (Australia)

15. Ben Smith (New Zealand)

14. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

13. Been Etzebeth (South Africa)

12. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

11. Michael Hooper (Australia)

10. Willie Le Roux (South Africa)

9. Conrad Smith (New Zealand)

8. Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

7. Dan Carter (New Zealand)

6. Israel Folau (Australia)

5. Duane Vermuelen (South Africa)

4. Julian Savea (New Zealand)

3. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

2. Kieran Read (New Zealand)

1. Richie McCaw (New Zealand)

Telegraph.co.uk

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