England stars named in the world’s top 10 best players by New Zealand media

7. Semi Radradra (Fiji):

“Balance, speed, strength and skill: the former NRL player showed at the Rugby World Cup that he truly belongs at the highest level. Pat Lam has signed him for Bristol, where he will line up beside lost All Black Charles Piutau.”

6. Maro Itoje (England):

“It all fell apart in the Rugby World Cup final but there is little doubt the 25-year-old Londoner is a rare talent who is still improving. His lineout display against the All Blacks in the semifinal was superb and his work over the ball is as good as any lock in the world.”

5. Owen Farrell (England):

“Very few, if any, can switch seamlessly between No 10 and No 12 in the way Farrell can, giving England two tactical templates to play with. Brilliant goalkicker with a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude to winning that provides some objectionable moments but was clearly critical to England’s progress towards the Rugby World Cup final.”

4. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa):

“Came back from France to be part of Rassie Erasmus’ plans and at the age off 33 was the best player in the Rugby World Cup final. His experience and presence over the ball were key reasons behind the Springboks’ success.”


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