Yesterday I wrote a piece about whether or not rugby fans considered Leigh Halfpenny to be hugely overrated. As you can imagine the post received some very mixed opinions from fans and generated a really interesting debate.
I therefore thought it might be interesting to run a quick poll on who fans believe is currently the best full back in the World. Below are the incumbent full backs for the top international sides in World rugby for you to vote on;
There is no doubt that Halfpenny is a top quality player (that much was never in question), his ability under the high ball and tackling at the back make him a safe pair of hands for Wales. His kicking from the tee is possibly the strongest part of his game as he seems able to slot penalties over with ease.
The rugby league convert has taken to union in incredible fashion taking the Wallabies by storm as he made his mark in the first Lions test last summer. His previous experience in Aussie rules make him an incredible talent under the high ball whilst his attacking play ball in hand is something else.
Willie Le Roux
The Springboks full back is a truly special talent who has all the attributes that would make him an excellent option at fly half. His reading of the game is always spot on whilst he has an ability to cause opposition defences all sorts of trouble with deft kicks perfectly placed for his teammates.
Hogg is one of the most exciting and naturally gifted talents to have come through the Scottish ranks in years. His pace and guile make him a constant threat whenever and wherever he gets his hands on the ball whilst his commitment in defence help ensure he is solid at the back.
The England full back may not be the fastest player on the pitch but his ability to break the first tackle and ghost through defences ensures he more than adequately compensates. His reading of the game is also magnificent as he always seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.
Dagg is probably the most well rounded of all the players in this list as he perfectly combines an attacking threat with solid defensive displays. His ability to step into the All Blacks attacking line or act as a first receiver ensures he keeps opposition defences guessing whilst opening up space for his teammates.
Irish full back Rob Kearney is another solid all rounder who is safe under the high ball whilst constantly posing a threat in attack. Kearney has really been able to nail down the number 15 shirt for Ireland in recent years as he continues to improve with age.
Vote for who you think is the best full back below or let us know if you think we have missed anyone off of the list.