10 of the best rugby players in the world in 2020

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Questions about who is and/or who are the best player(s) for a particular year is a debate as old as time.

Or at least as old as the sport of rugby. For this year best players, we are looking at Wales Online's website https://www.newzealandcasinos.io/ for the 10 best rugby players in the world 2020.

This is the countdown to rugby's greatest in 2020 and for the Wales based online tabloid, we have handpicked 10 best rugby player for the year 2020 owing to their brilliant performance on and off the field.

Read below and let and us your thoughts on either of the selections:

10. Justin Tipuric

Is there anything the Wales flanker can't do? Has the handling skills of an outside back combined with the lineout, breakdown and tackling fluency of the finest loose forwards in the world.

9. Beauden Barrett

No player has been involved in more Test tries since 2016 than Barrett. Quite simply a joy to watch - often seeing opportunity where others see risk.

8. Pablo Matera

To begin with, his past tweets were nothing less than racist and vile. There's no getting away from that and it's on Matera to now show he has grown as a person. On the pitch however, back-rower Matera was as influential as you could possibly be in Argentina's win over the All Blacks.

7. Pieter-Steph Du Toit

Last year's World Player of the Year, we obviously haven't seen him at Test level this year due to South Africa's lack of matches. However, his destructive counter-rucking is key to the Springboks' game plan and his ability isn't in question.

6. Siya Kolisi

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5. Aaron Smith

The All Black scrum-half will consider himself unfortunate to have missed out on World Rugby's team of the decade recently. Regardless, his form in 2020 has been stellar.

4. Maro Itoje

The biggest compliment you can pay Itoje is there are few bigger thorns to deal with. He has the intelligence and athleticism to spoil any form of ball your team might have - be it in the lineout, the breakdown or open phase play.

3. Cheslin Kolbe

Probably hindered by the fact that the Springboks haven't played any Tests this year. If they had, Kolbe would perhaps have been even higher, given his remarkable ability to step anyone on a sixpence.

2. Antoine Dupont

The French scrum-half is just sheer quality, perhaps the finest proponent of a pre-emptive supporting line in Test rugby at the moment. If you switch off in defence for even a second, you can expect to see Dupont running off a shoulder to score.

1. Semi Radradra

A game-changer.

Whether it's for Bristol Bears or Fiji, he has the ability to create havoc for defences.

He can go the direct route, bashing his way through in the centre, or he can take the scenic outside route, putting on the afterburners to arc around the opposition before delivering the decisive pass or offload.

Arguably the best player in the world right at this moment in time.

 
 
 
 

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