Picking the Best Player in the World at Every Age (19-39)

Who is the best player at every age in world rugby?

RUCK took on this peculiar but entertaining task to bring you the answers, starting at age 19 and moving all the way through to 39.

The selection process is as simple as it should be: The player picked is the outright, current, best player at that age right now, taking into account a healthy balance of form and overall class.

We’ve added honourable mentions for some ages in the form of “other candidates” for picks that brought about dilemmas, but not for all—some picks were just automatic.

19: Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales


20: Jordan Petaia (Australia)

Honourable mention: Tupou Vaa’i (New Zealand), Arthur Vincent (France)


21: Romain Ntamack (France)

Honourable mention: Marcus Smith (England), Caleb Clarke (New Zealand)


22: Tom Curry (England)


23: Antoine Dupont (France)

Honourable mention: Rieko Ioane (New Zealand), Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)


24: James Ryan (Ireland)

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