We run the rule over the 10 best rugby players in the world in 2021.
Who are the best rugby players in the world right now? A question that can never be properly answered, will barely even come close to leading to an agreement, but one that continues to fill pub chat and rugby terraces (well, group chats and Zoom calls for now).
The Wales Online rugby experts have got together to come up with the finest 50 players on the planet right now.
A new generation of younger superstars are clawing their way into the spotlight, but the old guard aren’t done yet.
5. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)
THEY SAID: “The All Black scrum-half will consider himself unfortunate to have missed out on World Rugby’s team of the decade recently. Regardless, his form in 2020 has been stellar.”
VERDICT: A terrific operator, but he probably wouldn’t be so high on our list