Our next section of the 100 best players goes from 30-21. Compiled at the end of 2017, take a look at who makes the cut

The 100 Best Rugby Players In The World: 30-21

30 Dane Coles

Quick hooker: Coles is one of the fastest front-rowers in the world (Getty Images)

Country New Zealand Date of Birth 10.12.86 Position Hooker

He lost only two throws when helping New Zealand win RWC 2015, but his blistering breaks were a rare sight last year as he spent months out with concussion symptoms. After scoring v France in November from a perfect out-to-in line, he damaged his ACL.

29 Billy Vunipola

Big Billy: Vunipola has been destructive but dogged by injuries in recent times (Getty Images)

Country England Date of Birth 3.11.92 Position No 8

The world’s best carrier in 2016, when he set a Six Nations record of 93, Vunipola was restricted to two Tests last year due to injury. He blends extraordinary power with soft hands, frequently occupying three defenders as he creates space for others. Paul O’Connell has called him “fit, hungry and relentless… a machine”

28 Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton

Breakdown master: Warburton is disruptive at the contact area (Getty Images)

Country Wales Date of Birth 5.10.88 Position Back-row

He has led the British & Irish Lions on their last two tours, securing a win in Australia and an unexpected draw in New Zealand. Yet leadership is only one of his attributes; he’s one of rugby’s best turnover specialists, has a high work-rate and has improved his link play. A brilliant role model too.

27 Mako Vunipola

Six Nations Team of the Weekend

Tight call: Mako Vunipola narrowly beats his brother Billy in our list (Getty Images)

Country England Date of Birth 14.1.91 Position Prop

The starting loosehead for the Lions against the All Blacks has improved his scrummaging in the past few seasons, but his rampaging nature in open play is what sets him apart. As England scrum coach Neal Hatley said: “There aren’t many props in world rugby who can do what he does with ball in hand. His set-piece has come on immeasurably.”

Related: Six Nations Team of the Weekend Round One 

26 Portia Woodman

Elusive: Woodman is a brilliant try-scorer (Getty Images)

Country New Zealand Date of Birth 12.7.91 Position Wing

It’s her ability to change direction while at full speed, often more than once, that is her most impressive asset, and she was the top try-scorer at the Women’s World Cup with 13. A consummate tackler, the World Rugby Women’s Player of the Year is stronger than her size suggests, too.

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