Nine English players make 31-Man Squad of the world’s best players

Rugby stat guru Simon Gleave, based on statistics along, has put together a 31-man squad with World Cup finalists South Africa and England dominating the selection with nine players each.

Scotland’s only pick comes in the form of Stuart Hogg while Bristol-bound Fijian winger Semi Radradra is the only player to be selected who doesn’t play for a ‘Tier One’ nation.

Here’s the squad in full. Do you agree with his selection? Has he missed anybody? Has he selected anyone that doesn’t deserve to be there?

World 31.

Mako Vunipola
Cian Healy
Steven Kitshoff
Tadhg Furlong
Kyle Sinckler
Mbongeni Mbonambi
Malcolm Marx
Jamie George
Brodie Retallick
Maro Itoje
Alun Wyn Jones
Eben Etzebeth
Tom Curry
Billy Vunipola
Ardie Savea
Pieter-Steph du Toit
Duane Vermeulen