RUCK's 100 Best Rugby Players in the World 2017: 100-91

RUCK’s 100 Best Rugby Players in the World 2017: 100-91

93. Ardie Savea – New Zealand & Hurricanes
Position: Flanker Age: 24

No forward made more clean breaks (19) or beat more defenders (50) than Ardie Savea during the 2017 Super Rugby campaign with the back-rower being named in the official team of the season. He also made a significant contribution to the blacks All Blacks this year, making 10 appearances, which includes featuring in all three test against the British & Irish Lions.

Highlight: When he and his brother Julian both scored tries against South Africa, it made them the first All Black brothers to ever do so in the same test.

92. Schalk Brits – Saracens
Position: Hooker Age: 36

When he retires at the end of this season, Schalk Brits deserves to be acclaimed as the greatest import in the history of the Premiership. In 2017, he helped Sarries to a second consecutive Champions Cup trophy, playing a very controlled half an hour when he replaced Jamie George. Capped just ten times by South Africa, Brits must be recognised as one of the most talented rugby players to ever take the field. It’s unfortunate that we never saw more of him in World Cups and in big Test matches.

Highlight: His man of the match performance as Saracens beat Northampton Saints 55-24 at Twickenham in September

91. Samu Kerevi – Australia & The Reds
Position: Centre Age: 24

After making his debut against England in 2016 summer series, Kerevi soon established himself as the premier centre in the country with a series of electric performances before a cruel ankle put him on the sidelines for a while. However, back firing on all cylinders he’s had a superb 2017, making the official Super Rugby team of the season before stamping his name on the Wallabies’ No 13 jersey. If he gets his defence in order, Kerevi will be a mainstay in the Wallabies’ side for years to come.

Highlight: His superb brace of tries against Argentina during The Rugby Championship
RUCK’s 100 Best Rugby Players in the World 2017: 90-81

 

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