Thursday 20 September 2018

No place for Murray or Sexton as just one Irishman makes Rugby World list of top ten international players

4 February 2017; Tadhg Furlong of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
4 February 2017; Tadhg Furlong of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Ireland at BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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 at four, with tighthead prop Tadhg Furlong the only Irish player to crack the top ten, coming in at number nine.

New Zealand out-half Beauden Barrett - the reigning World Player of the Year - is second and Fiji lock Leone Nakarawa is third.

Scotland and Wales both have a representative in the top ten, with Stuart Hogg (6th) and Jonathan Davies (7th) making the cut.

Top 10: 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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