Richie McCaw named the best rugby player of the professional era - Ruck

Richie McCaw named the best rugby player of the professional era

Warning: the following article will annoy you. The following article will trigger you. The following will make you think ‘how in under God did he get this SO wrong? This is ridiculous!!!!!’ 

But maybe, just maybe, it’s not SO wrong. 

Maybe this list ranking the 30 greatest rugby players of the professional era is actually 100% correct. 

But before you angrily tweet us or angrily WhatsApp your friends your disgust, please bear the aforementioned in mind and TRY (all I’m asking is you try) and enjoy reading Wales Online’s ranking from back in 2018.

Best rugby players (professional era)

30 Jason Robinson (England)

They said: “Known as Billy Whizz, this former rugby league star proved a hugely successful convert to Union. A lethal runner from full-back or wing, he was a nightmare to mark in one-on-one situations.”

29 George Smith (Australia)

28 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

27 Sam Warburton (Wales)

26 Doug Howlett (New Zealand)

25 Stephen Larkham (Australia)

24 Gethin Jenkins (Wales)

23 Richard Hill (England)

They said: “Did all the unseen, grafting work and just got on with his job in unassuming fashion, putting his body on the line. Able to excel right across the back row, he was a pivotal figure on two Lions trips and an England World Cup winner.”

22 Schalk Burger (South Africa)

21 Lawrence Dallaglio (England)

They said: “Had it all in his prime – pace, power, aggression, pride and a steely mind-set. A Lions series winner, a World Cup winner and a trophy magnet with Wasps.”