In a recent accolade from the French publication Midi Olympique, England’s seasoned captain, Owen Farrell, has earned his place at fly-half in the esteemed World XV lineup.
Having concluded the World Cup as the tournament’s leading point scorer, Farrell, who boasts an impressive 119 caps for the England national team, stands as the sole representative from his country in this distinguished lineup.
This selection has been notably influenced by the recent 2023 Rugby World Cup. Consequently, both the reigning world champions, South Africa, and the runners up New Zealand, each boast an impressive five players within the ranks of this prestigious squad after the final.
It’s worth noting, however, that only a solitary Irish player has secured a spot in the XV, a somewhat surprising outcome given Ireland’s commendable performance in 2023.
Midi Olympique’s World XV
15. Thomas Ramos (France)
14. Will Jordan (New Zealand)
13. Jesse Kriel (South Africa)
12. Bundee Aki (Ireland)
11. Mark Telea (New Zealand)
10. Owen Farrell (England)
9. Aaron Smith (New Zealand
1. Ox Nche (South Africa)
2. Peato Mauvaka (France)
3. Frans Malherbe (South Africa)
4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
5. Scott Barrett (New Zealand)
6. Jac Morgan (Wales)
7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)
8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
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The 30 best rugby players in the world have been ranked
#30. Dan Sheehan (Ireland)
A rising Irish hooker known for his powerful scrummaging and dynamic play in open field. Sheehan’s agility and tackling prowess make him a vital asset in set pieces and loose play alike, hinting at a promising future in international rugby
#29. Owen Farrell (England)
England’s steadfast captain and fly-half, Farrell’s tactical brilliance and accurate kicking guide his team’s gameplay. Renowned for his leadership, his defensive grit and ability to control the game’s pace make him a linchpin in England’s rugby strategy.
Wales Online wrote: “The 31-year-old has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently but is a player you’d rather play with than against. Farrell is a natural leader of men, and will play a crucial role if England are to drag themselves out of the rut they find themselves in.”
#28. Thibaud Flament (France)
A versatile lock for France, Flament’s towering presence in the lineout and ferocious work rate define his style. With his strong carrying and breakdown skills, he is a force to be reckoned with in both set-piece dominance and open-field encounters.
#27. Shannon Frizell (New Zealand)
Frizzell’s imposing physique and aggressive ball-carrying mark him as a formidable All Black flanker. His offloading ability, coupled with his defensive prowess, cements his position as a player who consistently makes his presence felt on the field.
#26. Steven Kitshoff (South Africa)
An anchor of the Springboks’ scrum, Kitshoff’s experience and technical expertise are unmatched. His exceptional work rate and relentless tackling contribute to his reputation as a reliable front-row stalwart, key to South Africa’s forward dominance.