Sunday 23 September 2018

England's Owen Farrell named the best rugby player in the world...with Irish names absent from the top five

England's Owen Farrell kicks. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
England's Owen Farrell kicks. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

England playmaker Owen Farrell has been voted the game's best player by Rugby World magazine.

Farrell is joined in the top 10 by international colleague Maro Itoje with Courtney Lawes the next highest-placed member of Eddie Jones' squad at 17th.

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett - the reigning world player of the year - is second and Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa third.

Tadhg Furlong was the only Irishman on the list, which appears to make an effort to include representatives from as many different nations as possible.

Lists of this nature always create debate and here is the list of the game's current greats that plenty will beg to differ with:

1) Owen Farrell

2) Beauden Barrett

3) Leone Nakarawa

4) Maro Itoje

5) Israel Folau

6) Stuart Hogg

7) Jonathan Davies

8) Michael Hooper

9) Tadhg Furlong

 10) Brodie Retallick

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