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6 Best Second-Rows In The World Have Been Named And Ranked

#2. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

Age: 30
Test caps: 97
Nation: South Africa
Club: Toulon

Won his 100th cap for the Springboks during the summer, and will go down as one of the true greats of a country that has produced some magnificent forwards over the years. Such a presence with his contesting at the line-out and his physicality in the collisions.

Eben Etzebeth of South Africa during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Eben Etzebeth Facts:

  1. Etzebeth made his Test debut for the Springboks against England in Durban in 2012. England’s Joe Marler made his first Test appearance in the same match.
  2. In 2016, Etzebeth became the youngest player to play 50 Tests for the Springboks
  3. Etzebeth’s biceps have a circumference of 19 inches… 48.26cm.

#1. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

Age: 30
Test caps: 33
Nation: Ireland
Club: Munster

Arguably the best forward in the world right now, he was simply off the scale against the All Blacks during the summer as he found a succession of different ways of winning breakdowns over the ball. Add to that his athleticism in the lineout and around the field and you have a truly exceptional player. Undoubtedly, the best second-rows in the world right now.

Tadhg Beirne Facts:

  1.  His sister, Alannah Beirne, is a TV personality and fashion model
  2. He made his first start for Ireland against Italy in November 2018. He also scored his first Test tries in that match, crossing for a double.
  3. Beirne earned successive Pro14 Dream Team nominations in 2017-18 and 2018-19,