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“England stars ignored” – Radio Times name their ’10 best’ rugby players in the world for 2023

Ahead of the 2021 Six Nations, the Radio Times have ranked their 10 best rugby players in the world.

Huge names, such as England back-rowers Sam Underhill and Tom Curry missing out, with fans baffled by George North’s inclusion.

Below is RadioTimes list of the best rugby players in the world in 2021. Do you agree with their somewhat strange selection?

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#10. Ange Capuozzo (Italy and Toulouse)

They wrote: “Despite only debuting at the international level for Italy last year, the Italian speedster is proving one of the most exciting fullbacks on the world stage.

“Bursting onto the scene with two thrilling tries during his first stint for the Azzurri against Scotland, the 23-year old is a key player in Italy’s exciting attack, marking the beginnings of an encouraging Italian renaissance.”

Ange Capuozzo of Italy during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

#9. Emiliano Boffelli (Argentina and Edinburgh)

They wrote: “2022 also saw the Argentina team go from strength-to-strength across international tournaments, with utility fullback/winger Emiliano Boffelli undoubtedly proving one of the most influential of the Puma players thanks to his pinpoint precision.”

#8. Grégory Alldritt (France and La Rochelle)

They wrote: “There’s no doubt that the exciting young French team are at the pinnacle of European rugby, with the utterly incredible work-rate of number eight Grégory Alldritt proving a key element of their game during their sublime 2022 Grand Slam triumph.”

#7. Freddie Steward (England and Leicester Tigers)

They wrote: “While it’s safe to say the English team had a rather miserable 2022 international campaign, Leicester Tigers full back Freddie Steward further nailed down the number 15 shirt in a string of impressive performances.”

Freddie Steward of England is tackled by Ardie Savea of New Zealand during the Autumn International Series match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham, London on 19 November 2022 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)