It’s a question often asked, but who is the fastest rugby player in the world?
We’ve checked the stats and simulated how a 100m race would finish based on their top speeds reached in matches during 2019 and 2020.
It’s fair to say it would be a VERY CLOSE finish.
7. VIRIMI VAKATAWA – France – 11.3 SECONDS
He truly is such a talented player. The Fijian-born French International has played at an unreal level for Racing 92 of late and will be a key part of Les Bleus World Cup campaign. His speed and power make him a unique player.
6. JACOB STOCKDALE – Ireland – 11.35 SECONDS
In March 2018, Stockdale received the 2018 Six Nations Player of the Tournament Award after setting a try-scoring record of 7 as Ireland claimed the title and won their first Grand Slam since the 2009 victory. Unplayable on his day.
5. ANTHONY WATSON – England – 11.2 SECONDS
Once ran a 100 metres in 11.2secs at a school sports day and his raw pace saw the 21-year-old have a trial for Premier League giants Chelsea. Helped England Under-20s beat Wales in the final of the 2013 Junior World Cup before making the step up to the Test side.