Popular New Zealand media outlet Stuff has had a go at naming the top 10 rugby players in the world right now and two England players made the cut.
Here’s how their list ranked:
10. Gareth Davies (Wales):
“Supremely fit Wales halfback lifted the whole side with his strong all-round game. His best asset point, however, is his running game and his performance against the Wallabies in the crucial group stage game was outstanding.”
9. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand):
“Produced some extraordinary plays for the All Blacks after being handed the difficult task of learning a new role before the Rugby World Cup. All Blacks’ selectors Ian Foster, John Plumtree and Grant Fox have a big decision to make on where his future lies, at No 10 or No 15.”
8. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales):
“Talismanic lock and captain is one of the toughest men in the game, with 134 Welsh caps and three British and Irish Lions tours under his belt. Still remains fiercely driven though and hasn’t ruled out a shot at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, when he will be 38.”