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“Owen Farrell 29th” – The 30 best rugby players in the world have been ranked

#19. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Renowned as a skillful fly-half, Sexton’s experience and leadership shape Ireland’s gameplay. His tactical acumen, accurate kicking, and ability to control the tempo of the match make him a linchpin in orchestrating Ireland’s strategies.

#18. Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)

A versatile back, Barrett’s impressive boot, aerial skills, and positional awareness offer versatility to the All Blacks. His ability to play fullback, wing, or center, coupled with his goal-kicking prowess, makes him a valuable asset to the New Zealand squad.

#17. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)

A tenacious openside flanker, van der Flier’s work rate and breakdown prowess are his standout traits. His relentless tackling and ability to secure turnovers make him a vital component of Ireland’s defensive efforts and breakdown strategies.

#16. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

#15. Will Jordan (New Zealand)

An exciting fullback/winger, Jordan’s speed and finishing ability make him a try-scoring machine. His support play and elusive running lines exploit defensive gaps. His presence adds a dynamic edge to the All Blacks’ attacking strategies.

#14. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

Beirne’s versatility as a lock and back-row player elevates Ireland’s options. His athleticism, lineout skills, and aggressive breakdown work set him apart. An asset in both set pieces and open play, he consistently impacts the game.

#13. Scott Barrett (New Zealand)

A robust lock/flanker, Barrett’s physicality and tireless work ethic make him an asset to New Zealand’s forward pack. His lineout expertise and powerful ball-carrying contribute to the All Blacks’ dominance in set pieces and loose play.

#12. Damian Penaud (France)

Penaud’s flair as a center/winger adds a creative dimension to France’s backline. His ability to break tackles and create scoring opportunities, combined with his defensive resolve, makes him a crucial player in France’s strategies.

#11. Lukhanyo Am (South Africa)

Am’s skillful play at center bolsters the Springboks’ backline. His defensive prowess, distribution, and ability to create space for teammates highlight his versatility. A player who combines finesse with physicality on the field.