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“Exceptional athleticism” – Top 10 rugby forwards in the world ranked

#7. Scott Barrett (New Zealand)

A robust lock/flanker, Barrett’s physicality and tireless work ethic make him an asset to New Zealand’s forward pack. His lineout expertise and powerful ball-carrying contribute to the All Blacks’ dominance in set pieces and loose play.

#6. Ox Nche (South Africa)

One of the most technically gifted front rowers in world rugby, Nche was the primary catalyst behind South Africa’s reemergence from English dominance in their World Cup semi-final victory in Paris, and without Nche the Springboks probably wouldn’t have won their fourth title.

#5. Maro Itoje (England)

For numerous years, Maro Itoje has been a pivotal force in England’s forward lineup. Renowned for his exceptional athleticism and astute game sense, Itoje excels in the lineout and commands a formidable presence during open play. His proficiency in disrupting the opponent’s possession, coupled with his relentless work ethic across the field, solidifies his status as a crucial asset for the England team. The early game statistics underscore his significant impact, with an impressive tally of turnovers won and tackles made, further emphasising his influence.

#4. Eben Eztebeth (South Africa)

A towering lock, Etzebeth’s physicality and presence anchor South Africa’s forward pack. His lineout expertise, ball-carrying power, and confrontational play style make him a formidable force on the field.