LIST: 5 rugby players who've gone BACKWARDS in 2021 - Ruck

LIST: 5 rugby players who’ve gone BACKWARDS in 2021

Some players hit the heights and stay there. Others don’t. This is the list of the latter.

Plenty of players have hit the heights in their career, only to suffer a huge fall from grace.

Many fans complain about the guy who never replicated the form from their games but who are those who’ve effectively gone backwards over the last eight months?

Scroll through to see which players have been travelling in reverse.

#1. Owen Farrell (England)

World ranking 2020 via Wales Online: #28 – “Tough as teak, he continues to be key to Eddie Jones’ relentless England juggernaut. Leads by example, surely the Lions 10 next year?”

How it’s turned out: Farrell’s ability and record speaks for itself, he is a class act, but it’s been a difficult year so far for the 29-year-old.

The England skipper was off the pace throughout the Six Nations before making just two uninspiring replacement appearances for the Lions during their 2-1 series defeat against South Africa.

His starting place with England is now under serious threat as fans clamour to see exciting prospect Marcus Smith make the number 10 shirt his own. It really does feel like 2022 will be make or break for Farrell.

DID YOU KNOW? Farrell held the record of youngest player ever to appear in English professional rugby union after playing for Saracens 11 days after his 17th birthday