Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

TeleBest: The World's 50 best rugby players

1. Richie McCaw
Age: 28 Position: Flanker Franchise: Crusaders Country: New Zealand
He's big enough to take the boshes and the bashes around the breakdown, lithe and quick and skilful enough, of course, to link with any of the thousand sets of breathtaking backs the men in black might care to put out. The world's best? We reckon so
2. Juan Martin Hernandez
Age: 26 Position: Fly-half Club: Stade Francais Country: Argentina
His length-of-the-field kicking ability is but a fraction of his vast reserves of outrageous talent. He can sling field-wide passes to within centimetres of their target, break the line like a raging bull and he defends his channel monstrously.
50. John Smit
Age: 30 Position: Hooker Franchise: Sharks Country: South Africa
Before he captained the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, it was argued there were better hookers. Hugely respected in the Springbok camp, he has demonstrated his versatility this season by moving to tighthead prop at times. A formidable and wily opponent

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