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“Shouldn’t happen” – Siya Kolisi played on in World Cup final despite brutal head knock

#15. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Parisse, the trailblazing Italian rugby player, made history as the first-ever nominee from Italy for the prestigious IRB International Player of the Year award. Formerly the captain of the renowned French team Stade Français, he currently holds the captaincy for the Italian National Rugby Union Team.

Widely regarded as one of the most influential number eights in the modern era of rugby, Parisse’s reputation stems largely from his exceptional handling skills. Additionally, he possesses remarkable field awareness, particularly under intense pressure during line-out situations. Parisse’s impact on the game is truly remarkable, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

#14. Shane Williams (Wales)

One of the defining highlights of his illustrious career occurred during the 2005 Six Nations tournament. With his exceptional try-scoring prowess, Williams played a crucial role in Wales winning every single match, culminating in a remarkable Grand Slam victory. Not content with a singular achievement, he played a pivotal part in helping Wales replicate this feat in 2008. Furthermore, Williams made history as the first Welshman to receive the prestigious IRB Rugby Player of the Year Award, a testament to his exceptional skills and contributions to the sport.

#13. Serge Blanco (France)

Renowned as one of the most exceptionally talented fullbacks in the annals of rugby, Blanco carved his name in history. Amassing an impressive 93 caps and contributing 233 points throughout his career, he played a pivotal role in France’s triumphant Grand Slam victories in 1981 and 1987.

However, it is Blanco’s unforgettable moment during the inaugural 1987 World Cup that remains etched in the memories of fans worldwide. With his decisive try, he played a vital role in France’s 28-24 victory over Australia, securing an iconic triumph and etching his legacy in rugby lore.

#12. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

Smith, a dynamic scrum-half hailing from New Zealand, is widely recognized as one of the best in his position. Known for his lightning-fast distribution, exceptional decision-making, and remarkable vision on the field, Smith has been a key playmaker for the All Blacks.

His ability to control the tempo of the game, coupled with his relentless work rate, has made him an indispensable asset to the New Zealand national team. With his consistent performances and remarkable skill set, Smith has rightfully earned his place among the elite scrum-halves in rugby history.

#11. Michael Hooper (Australia)

Hooper, an Australian rugby sensation, is revered for his immense talent and relentless work ethic on the field. As a versatile back-row player, Hooper has consistently displayed exceptional skills in both attack and defense.

Renowned for his lightning-fast pace, unwavering commitment, and extraordinary tackling ability, he has been a standout performer for both the Wallabies and his club teams. Hooper’s leadership qualities, coupled with his exceptional performances, have earned him the honour of captaining the Australian national team.

Michael Hooper of Australia has try disallowed under pressure from Chris Robshaw of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match, between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 18th November 2017.(Photo:Dean Lancaster/PPAUK)