Our next section of the 100 best players goes from 70 to 61. Compiled at the end of 2017, take a look at who makes the cut
65 Huw Jones
Country Scotland Date of Birth 17.12.93 Position Centre
When he’s going forward, his balance, eye for a gap and instinctive reading of passes can make him look special. Before ghosting through holes to score tries in all three November Tests, he crossed for a brace for Western Province in the Currie Cup final. And now he’s linked up with Dave Rennie in Glasgow…
64 Dan Biggar
Country Wales Date of Birth 16.10.89 Position Fly-half
Northampton-bound Biggar’s had a creditable year. He ceded no ground to Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell on the Lions tour. He also set Wales on their way to victory over the Boks, two classy dinks and a charge-down leading to tries. A born competitor.
63 Eben Etzebeth
Country South Africa Date of Birth 29.10.91 Position Lock
It’s little wonder Etzebeth is described as an ‘enforcer’. After all, he had 75kg dumb-bells specially made because the standard ones weren’t heavy enough! He’s not finding it as easy to dominate opponents physically but is integral to the Springboks and says that captaincy has made him “even more competitive”.
62 Katy Daley-Mclean
Country England Date of Birth 19.12.85 Position Fly-half
Pinpoint distribution? Check. Varied kicking game? Check. Tactical nous? Check. She played arguably her best rugby in 2017, guiding England to a Grand Slam and a World Cup final, is still a pivotal figure for the Red Roses and should join the 100 club in 2018.
61 Sergio Parisse
Country Italy Date of Birth 12.9.83 Position No 8
Parisse is close to being the only player to lose 100 Tests, but that doesn’t tell the full story of a uniquely talented No 8 who’s carried Italy for 15 years. At times he’s been guilty of doing too much, but when you can kick, pass and catch to a higher level than the rest of your team-mates it’s understandable.
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