"His appearance was his reputation" - Fans rank rugby's most underrated and overrated players - Ruck

“His appearance was his reputation” – Fans rank rugby’s most underrated and overrated players

In this article, we take a look at who fans believe are the most overrated and underrated rugby players in the sports history.

Fans in the RUCK.co.uk Facebook group have voted and debated in a number of polls to decide the top three of both categories.  

The results are controversial to say the least.


#3. Simon Shaw (England)

‘Underappreciated’ and ‘unfortunate’ are two words which probably encapsulate Shaw. Despite incredible longevity and a durability few other rugby players could match, particularly as the game became more and more physical, Shaw should have easily amassed over 100 caps.

Legend of the game Martin Johnson, who was an inspirational leader and brilliant player, generally stood in his way, but the Wasps man’s skills were often underutilised by those that coached him. 

Former Wales assistant and defence coach guru Shaun Edwards even said Shaw is the ‘most underrated player in recent history’. 

#2. Agustin Creevy (Argentina)

One of the game’s most intelligent ball-handling forwards, Creevy backs up a superb work-rate in the loose with granite physicality in the tight, with his ability to win direct collisions against opposition forwards one of his key attributes. Very underrated.


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