The Fans’ Rugby Player of the Year top 20 shortlist has been revealed, though it is of little surprise which talent come out on top.
With that being said, here is the top 20 players shortlisted for the Fans’ Rugby Player of the Year award in full following over 15,000 entries.
- #20. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
- #19. Michael Hooper (Australia)
- #18. Hamish Watson (Scotland)
- #17. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)
- #16. Courtney Lawes (England)
- #15. Romain Ntamack (France)
- #14. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)
- #13. Lukhanyo Am (South Africa)
- #12. Will Jordan (New Zealand)
- #11. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
- #10. Malcolm Marx (South Africa)
- #9. Siya Kolisi (South Africa)
- #8. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
- #7. Tom Curry (England)
- #6. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
#5. Maro Itoje (England)
The brain and brawn inside England’s pack, Itoje has developed into arguably the best lock in world rugby. He is almost impossible to wriggle out of during a maul and can turn over balls in a flash. Still aged just 27, Itoje has plenty of international and domestic rugby ahead of him.