Any such list that showcases the supposed “best” of anything is going to come under some scrutiny from observers, fans and analysts, and that includes a list of the best fullbacks in the world of rugby.
He capped off an extraordinary season by being named the RPA Players’ Player of the Year at the 20th RPA Players’ Awards in association with England Rugby.
The 27-year-old, who has been capped nine times by Tonga, has been in sensational form in 2017/18, scoring seven tries for Leicester and proving an absolute handful for opposition defences across the Aviva Premiership, beating more than 85 defenders, and making over 1,500 metres.
He is to become the highest paid player in world rugby this summer after Championship side Bristol smashed Premiership records by signing the former All Black on a sensational £1 million per season deal.
Piutau, the utility back who won 16 caps for the All Blacks before joining Irish province Ulster via a dazzling season at Wasps, has again been one of the best players in Europe consistently.