Our next section of the 100 best players goes from 90 to 81. Compiled at the end of 2017, take a look at who makes the cut
90 Ali Price
Country Scotland Date of Birth 12.5.93 Position Scrum-half
Price hasn’t looked back since Greig Laidlaw’s injury in Paris opened the door a year ago. He already had the speed and ability to take the ball to the line; now he’s acquired greater game management. A critical figure in Scotland’s high-tempo style.
89 Rob Evans
Country Wales Date of Birth 14.4.92 Position Prop
The larger-than-life Evans is solid at the set-piece and regularly in double figures for his tackle count, but it’s in the loose, where he is so comfortable with ball in hand, that he warrants covetous glances. A Pro14 champion, the loosehead was arguably Wales’ best player last autumn – he made 12 passes against Australia.
88 Emiliano Boffelli
Country Argentina Date of Birth 16.1.95 Position Wing
Last year was a stressful one for the Pumas but in Boffelli they unearthed a player who should be integral to their RWC 2019 hopes. Not only does he have pace and power but he lands monster kicks. Shortlisted for 2017 World Rugby Breakthrough Player.
87 TJ Perenara
Country New Zealand Date of Birth 23.1.92 Position Scrum-half
It is the eyes you notice first. Then his lolling tongue. Perenara radiates emotional energy whenever he leads the All Blacks in the haka. Cursed to play behind Aaron Smith, this half-back is as sharp as a switchblade and would grace many other Test teams. He needs to find a little more consistency to go with the undeniable vibrancy.
86 Dylan Hartley
Country England Date of Birth 24.3.86 Position Hooker
His poor disciplinary record can mask his belligerent excellence. A deadeye lineout thrower, the Kiwi-born Saint has led England more times than Dallaglio, has a better win ratio than Johnson and will soon surpass Wilkinson and become England’s second-most capped man.