In terms of the best all-round rugby player in the world, there are few who can match the Ospreys and Wales flanker. 21. He played 53 matches for Wales’s national team and scored 88 points from 1967 to 1978 and also played 10 matches for the British Lions and scored 3 points.

JOSH ADAMS - WALES (Last year: New entry).

18. Made more tackles than any other Springbok on their way to World Cup glory and was rightly named Player of the Year at the World Rugby Awards. The student union's loss was England's gain. One defeat for club and country in the 2018/19 season summed up a magnificent spell for the bomb-defusing full-back. OWEN FARRELL - ENGLAND (Last year: 4). The Clermont winger is an exciting prospect who could be one of the game's biggest stars in the years to come. If the Wales captain's powers show no sign of waning, it's likely because Father Time is scared of the second-row. 8. Nigel Owens' unprecedented move amid controversy as he forensically explains everything that happened, Saturday's European Champions Cup final showdown between Exeter and Racing 92 saw the Welsh referee involved in a couple of big moments in the closing stages, The new rules on exercise and playing sport in Wales as fire-break lockdown shuts gyms, golf clubs and leisure centres, Wales will enter a fire break lockdown at the end of this week as new guidelines and regulations are introduced around exercise and playing sport, Wales' six autumn rugby fixtures, the strange times they kick off and the five different TV channels needed, Wales get their crowded autumn rugby schedule underway this week in France, ahead of a Six Nations fixture and Autumn Nations Cup campaign.

27. He's not the force he once was, but still a mighty fine No. MAKO VUNIPOLA  - ENGLAND (Last year: 23). DUANE VERMEULEN - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: 44). Always a destructive scrummager, Francis has added ball-carrying to his armoury.

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Immovable Object: Nowell is incredibly difficult to get to the ground (Getty Images). In the space of three weeks last year, he starred for the Barbarians, helped Fiji win the London Sevens and scored a try on his Test debut.

One the Move: Daly is Saracens bound next year (Getty Images). A slightly quiet World Cup probably saw a few sneak past him, but his performances for Saracens and Wales this year have cemented his place as a world class player. The Fijian was seemingly unstoppable in Japan at times. The latter is a freak of nature. He’s having fun again. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<. England have long been accused of lacking a proper openside. 40. Here are all the details you need to know, Welsh rugby's winners and losers as ignored Welshman shines in European final and Will Carling defends Nigel Owens, It was a hectic weekend of rugby, with two European finals serving up all sorts of drama. He does the nuts and bolts well – kick-chase, ruck clears, latching onto ball-carriers – and can distribute too. There was a time that Josh Navidi was considered a fine club player who'd never make the step up to international rugby. 24. The quiet hero of South Africa's World Cup campaign, the fly-half has gone under the radar somewhat despite his undoubted talent. 19.

A knee injury curtailed his influence in the latter stages of the World Cup, but the outside centre is one of Wales' most important players. MBONGENI MBONAMBI - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: New entry). The mulleted All Blacks centre has become indispensable for club and country - with his sublime distribution, decision-making and defence making him invaluable. Now, in Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, they have two working in tandem. LEONE NAKARAWA - FIJI (Last year: 19).

ANTOINE DUPONT - FRANCE (Last year: New entry). LIAM WILLIAMS - WALES (Last year: 41). Four years later, he was one of the stars of Japan's home World Cup - scoring decisive tries against Ireland and Scotland. Is the right person at No 1? The age of players spans from 21 to 37, while the most common positions are back three (19%) and back row (18%). 35. He is probably best remembered for scoring the winning drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in 2003 World Cup final against Australia.


That was the motto thrown about during the World Cup. New Zealand have the highest representation of players on the list, with 21, followed by England (17), South Africa (12) and Wales (10). The idea he would be a key cog in a Springboks World Cup victory seemed ludicrous. 4 Brodie Retallick Formidable Partnership: Back playing alongside Will Genia, Cooper has found his mojo again (Getty Images), >> Try 3 issues of Rugby World magazine for just £5 in our Autumn Subscription Trial. Already loved Down Under, last season the Wallaby was at his niggly best as part of the Leinster juggernaut. The smirk in front of the haka may give ammunition for those who love to hate the England captain, but his ability as a top-class playmaker cannot be denied. At just 25, Itoje has packed quite a lot into his career so far. A Test Lion in NZ, he relishes the rough stuff and his ball-carrying is exceptional – his 74% gain-line success the best in the Six Nations. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<, Follow the links below to find out who makes the cut…, Our next section of the 100 best players…, Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot…, Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top…. 36. It didn't take long to establish himself back on England's right wing. Our next section of the 100 best players…, Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot…, Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top…. MARIKA KOROIBETE - AUSTRALIA (Last year: New entry). You can unsubscribe at any time. Top 10 Greatest Rugby Players of All Time Former Welsh rugby union player Gareth Edwards is “arguably the greatest player ever to don a Welsh jersey” according to the BBC. 26.

Changes pace and direction so smoothly that defences can’t read his next move. Fiji’s X-Fator: Radrada can cause something out of nothing at all levels of the game (Getty Images). She glides effortlessly between codes much like she does between prospective tacklers and is a fine rugby tactician. Yet all agree that he has to play. HANDRE POLLARD - SOUTH AFRICA (Last year: New entry). Our next section of the 100 best players goes from 80 to 71. 31. This year saw Read's All Black career wind down. The last few weeks may have seen Nakarawa looking for a new club after being sacked by Racing 92, but the offloading second-row is still top drawer. Having helped NZ qualify for the next Olympics, Brazier will next be playing Test rugby as part of the squad for the Women’s Super Series. 33. His performance against New Zealand in the World Cup final is something any aspiring modern forward should sit down and watch. Welshemen Dan Thomas, Callum Sheedy and Nigel Owens were at the heart of it all, Why children in Wales can't play sports after school during fire-break despite spending all day together in the classroom, First Minister Mark Drakeford has outlined why there is not an exemption during the fire-break lockdown in Wales, Derby County's Wayne Rooney to miss clashes against Cardiff City, Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield despite negative Covid-19 test, The 34-year old is set to miss the clash against the Bluebirds at the end of the month, The fire-break lockdown guidance to cyclists as new rules announced in Wales, Rules for cyclists will change again at 6pm on Friday as the fire-break restrictions see group rides banned, The reasons you can leave your house in Wales' fire-break lockdown, People are being ordered to stay at home from Friday, October 23, during a two-week "fire-break" lockdown, I'm A Celebrity 2020 will still go ahead as national lockdown is announced in Wales, TV fans were questioning whether the new ITV series can go ahead at Gwrych Castle in Abergele after all, 'I don’t think it’s a good thing for Wales, I don’t think it’s going to work': What you said about the fire-break lockdown, "Unless we get some help I can’t see any of us lasting longer than two weeks", Incredible sight as huge number of fish wash up on Welsh beach, Why they ended up there has been explained, Wales' fire-break lockdown comes in this Friday as people ordered to stay home and shops and hospitality closed, Wales' fire-break lockdown will run from Friday, October 23 and 6pm until Monday, November 9, Drop in sales of condoms and baby formula thanks to lockdown, But sales of cleaning products and vitamins have soared, Coronavirus morning headlines as Wales goes into lockdown and what to expect now, The fire-break lockdown will be come into force in Wales from this Friday, Movie star Jeff Bridges reveals he has been diagnosed with form of blood cancer, The 70-year-old star of movies including The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart and True Grit reported he had started treatment for condition, Hollywood legend Robert Redford mourns death of son James from liver cancer, The 58-year-old activist and filmmaker died on Friday after a long battle against the condition, Warning over five types of scams now targeting drivers, "The new tightened lockdown rules... coupled with continued economic uncertainty, create perfect conditions for fraudulent activity. On form, the Australian winger is a near unstoppable force. Not too shabby. Always in the mix for man of the match awards. Hard, uncompromising and very often unstoppable. A reassuring presence and named in the Pro14 Dream Team. You wouldn't move heaven, earth and Beauden Barrett unless he was some player.

A knee injury limited her involvement in this year’s Six Nations, but she was so central to the 2018 Grand Slam that she was Women’s World Player of the Year. DAMIAN PENAUD - FRANCE (Last year: New entry). Japan were a joy to watch this year and Matshushima was one of the reasons why. A dynamic back-rower blessed with speed, athleticism and an uncanny ability to keep the ball alive in the tackle. These are the 50 greatest rugby players in the world in 2019. Coach Dave Wessels has said Cooper is “probably a once-in-a-generation player, he can do some things that make you go, ‘Gee, how did that happen?’”, Remember, too, that Cooper hasn’t played for the Wallabies since 2017. His blistering pace scares the life out of defences and he can welly the ball vast distances. JACK GOODHUE - NEW ZEALAND (Last year: New entry). Has won every honour in the European domestic game and will be in the mix to lead the Lions in 2021. As they say rugby is a game of hooligans played by gentlemen. In fact, he’s marked every Test he’s played with a try, including an historic win over France. This Aussie has long been described as a ‘giant’ but is achieving greater success since slimming down. When England can get their talismanic centre fit and healthy, good things happen. The world’s best player in the view of Giselle Mather, who cites his try-saving tackle-jackal on Garry Ringrose in the Heineken Cup final as Exhibit A. 50. Francis’s form this year has merited comparisons with Adam Jones, who is from the same village, Abercrave, as the grandmother who qualified this Exeter Chief for Wales. Whatever you make of the playmaker’s lifestyle choices, his relationship with authority, his dalliances with pro boxing, his rank stint at Toulon or his season in the wilderness, you can’t deny his impact. The 27-year-old lit up the tournament, making 400 metres, beating 29 defenders and scoring two tries in just four games.