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Finn Russell named the 19th best rugby player in the world

#10. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

An exceptional tighthead prop, Furlong’s scrummaging prowess and mobility set him apart. His ability to contribute in open play, both as a ball-carrier and in support, makes him a well-rounded force in Ireland’s forward pack.

#9.  Bundee Aki (Ireland)

A contender for player of the 2023 World Cup by the end of the group stage because of his barnstorming runs, power in the tackle and work over the ball. Aki possess the rare skill of being able to generate tremendous power from a standing start, even against defence as robust as South Africa’s. He is quick too.

#8.  Pablo Matera (Argentina)

Matera’s leadership as a dynamic flanker is central to Argentina’s efforts. His aggressive ball-carrying, breakdown skills, and defensive tenacity inspire his team. A player whose passion and commitment set the tone on the field.

#7. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

An iconic figure in New Zealand rugby, Barrett’s versatility as a fly-half/fullback amplifies his impact. Renowned for his attacking brilliance, kicking precision, and spatial awareness, he is a linchpin in the All Blacks’ strategies.

#6. 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.