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The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 40-31 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett Expand Take a look at who has made it… The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 23 Hamish Watson Indestructible: He has to be one of the most difficult players tot tackle in world rugby (Getty Images)Age 27 (15.10.91) Position Back-row“Rampage.” A word repeatedly used to describe Watson’s cameo in the final quarter of the Six Nations match against Wales. In a 15-minute reintroduction to Test rugby after a spell out with injury, the Edinburgh pinball handed off half the Welsh team. With his five carries, Wales missed ten tackles on him.For all the memes, gifs and commentary this produced, it was not a one-off. Later in March, a clip of him did the rounds. In it he is seen against Leinster, peeling off the back of a drive, escaping one tackle and handing off Rhys Ruddock two or three times as he plunged into opposition territory. When he went down he had attracted three defenders. He also started six of Edinburgh’s seven Champions Cup games as they reached the last eight.This all stands out because in the past Watson has faced questions about his size. In 2017, the 6ft 1in, 16st openside said: “You just work on your strengths, and it’s harder for bigger guys to get down and compete with my jackling.” In 2018 he told Scrum magazine: “Lining up in the tunnel, I’m probably one of the smaller players bar the nines.”In 2019 we are only talking about the scale of Watson’s impact.22 Danny CiprianiFlawed Genius: Lack of adaptability has probably cost Cipriani many England caps (Getty Images)Age 31 (2.11.87) Position Fly-halfSome see Cipriani as an enigma. Wrong, being enigmatic is nothing to do with it. His genius depends not so much on the opposition but on his own team and coach. It is impossible for genius to flow if you are surrounded by 14 mental clodhoppers. And he cannot flourish unless the coach trusts him to run the whole attack.His strength is to call for the ball from the forwards when he thinks fit – and to make the next plays on the hoof, no set move, just a basic framework of runners at different angles. The speed at which he can find the best option for his pass is breathtaking.He was the ideal ringmaster at Wasps with Jimmy Gopperth outside him, Elliot Daly and Christian Wade out wide and Willie le Roux at 15. At Gloucester, alongside Billy Twelvetrees and Mark Atkinson, he’s been similarly effective.What you cannot do is sign Danny for your team, then insist that he conforms to what is already there. Which is why the Premiership and RPA Player of the Year so rarely gets chosen by England.21 Michael HooperUnflappable: Hooper just keeps on playing and performing at the highest level (Getty Images)Age 27 (29 October 1991) Position Back-rowSuper Hooper likes to get things done fast, whether snaffling turnovers, busting defences or clocking up cap tallies. He raced to a half-century of Wallaby appearances in a record three years four months, and is on course to become the youngest Test centurion.He should win his 100th cap during this year’s Rugby World Cup – two years earlier than Sam Whitelock and George Smith, who reached their milestones aged 29.He’s already hit one century this year, running out for the Waratahs for a 100th time, and has been far and away the best tackler in Super Rugby. No wonder Rugby Australia pinned him down to a five-year deal 12 months ago, one that will take him through to Rugby World Cup 2023.Bernard Foley describes Hooper as “the soul” of the Waratahs and hails his team-mate’s work ethic, saying: “He buries himself so much in games and then he pulls his head out of a ruck and his eyes are going every which way.”Hooper’s captaincy, too, is vital – never more so than during a challenging period for Australian rugby that centred on the sacking of Israel Folau.Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says: “The major growth when I’ve been here is his development as a leader. He’s very driven to make sure he is the best leader he can be. It’s often said that if you had 15 like him you’d never lose.” Beauden Barrett narrowly misses out on top spot… Our bronze medallist in the list of the… Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 Expand Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 80-71 Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 The 100 Best Players In The World: 60-51 Expand Expand We kick off our list of the 100… The 100 Best Players In The World: 20-11 The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 An Enigma: Cipriani has made very few appearances for England (Getty Images) Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones Expand The 100 Best Rugby Players In The World: 30-2130 Sam WhitelockNext Up: Whitelock is thought to be the next All Blacks captain (Getty Images)Age 30 (12.10.88) Position Lock“A deep thinker on the game,” says Steve Hansen of his second-row. An extraordinary footballer to boot, Whitelock is hotly tipped to take over as All Blacks captain when Kieran Read stands down after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Has years left in him at the very top.29 Jonny May Prolific Scorer: May certainly knows where the try line is (Getty Images)Age 29 (1.4.90) Position WingHe might have had a stressful season with Leicester but the phenomenally quick May had the time of his life with England and individual awards came his way. He scored in five consecutive Tests last year and bagged six more tries in the Six Nations, including a hat-trick against France. England attack coach Scott Wisemantel has likened him to a Ferrari.28 Richie Mo’ungaPushing It: Mo’unga is keeping Beauden Barrett honest for the starting 10 All Blacks jersey (Getty Images)Age 25 (25.5.94) Position Fly-halfSo good in guiding the Crusaders to successive titles that debate has raged over whether Mo’unga should start ahead of two-time World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett. He has exceptional feet, thrives challenging the line and his cross-field kicks regularly break open defences.27 Maro ItojeBorn Competitor: Itoje fights for everything on the park (Getty Images)Age 24 (28.10.94) Position LockPerhaps we’re harsh to demote Itoje since our last top 100, but his propensity for conceding unnecessary penalties is holding him back. It’s the only criticism you could lay on him for in every other way he is an utter marvel – a muscular menace to haunt all rivals. His USP? “He competes for every single moment. He fights for that extra 1%,” says Pat Lam.26 Malcolm MarxFamiliar Story: Marx is might over the ball but could still improve his throwing (Getty Images)Age 24 (13.7.94) Position HookerA powerful scrummager and carrier, Marx is a fine athlete and acts as an auxiliary loose forward for the Lions and Springboks. He wins penalties by slowing down ball at the breakdown, which is why the odd errant lineout throw is forgiven. If he improves his throws, he’ll be the complete player.25 Rieko IoaneTry a Game: He has 22 in 24 All Black Tests at the moment (Getty Images)Age 22 (18.3.97) Position WingStill only 22, Ioane has racked up 22 tries in 24 Tests for the All Blacks. He’s a wing who manages to reach top speed in the relative blink of an eye. A great sidestep and an improving fend make him one of the pre-eminent finishers of the era. A New Zealand Herald report last year stated that he is probably the fastest All Black in history too.24 Emily ScarrattClassy Centre: Scarratt rarely puts a foot wrong (Getty Images)Age 29 (8.2.90) Position CentreScarratt returned to 15s from sevens on a pro deal at the start of the year and helped England win a Grand Slam. A classy operator who makes powerful breaks and boots the ball long distances, it’s her vision that puts her among the best in the game. Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 2 Beauden Barrett The 100 Best Players In The World: 70-61 The 100 Best Players In The World: 90-81 The 100 Best Players In The World: 1 Alun Wyn Jones Our next section of the 100 best players… Expand Expand The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 Fortunately for the rest of the world, there’s only one Michael Hooper! Welsh talisman Alun Wyn Jones takes the top… The 100 Best Players In The World: 100-91 The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola The 100 Best Players In The World: 10-4 The 100 Best Players In The World: 3 Mako Vunipola Our next section of the 100 best players… The 100 Best Players In The World: 50-41 Collapse Our next section of the 100 best players goes from 30-21. Take a look at who makes the cut Our next section of the 100 best players… Expand Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.