Rugby’s Top 10 Inside Centres in 2014

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With the majority of 2014 over and done with we look at the top 10 inside centres this year and rank them in descending order…

*Malakai Fekitoa has been included in the outside centres list

10.Nemani Nadolo

Nadolo has had a superb season in Super Rugby and has followed it up with some impressive performances for Fiji. He will be hoping to continue this good form through into 2015.

9.Robbie Henshaw

A lot has been expected of Henshaw with the retirement of Brian O’Driscoll, however he has coped admirably with every situation thrown at him and looks a real prospect for Ireland.

8.Jamie Roberts

Roberts is another Welshman to have had something of an indifferent season for club and country, however he has shown glimpses of his best as he helped get Wales over the gainline during their November tests.

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7.Kurtley Beale

Beale may have had one of the most turbulent years of his career with off the field incidents reducing his playing time for the Wallabies, however when he has played he has been key for both club and country.

6.Matt Giteau

Giteau may be the forgotten man of Australian rugby, however he has been in sensational form for Toulon as he helped guide them to the Top 14 and Heineken Cup double before helping replace Jonny Wilkinson.

5.Sonny Bill Williams

Williams may have only just stepped back into Union in October, however he has shown enough to suggest he could well be a key man for the All Blacks next year, despite not looking quite at his best.

4.Matt Toomua

Despite the Wallabies troubles over the last 12 months, Toomua has been one of their stand-out players, slotting in at inside centre and acting as an additional playmaker in a dangerous looking backline.

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3.Wesley Fofana

Fofana has struggled to live up to his early international form over the last year or two, however in the November internationals it looked like he is finally getting back to his best at a key time for France.

2.Ma’a Nonu

The development of Nonu has been seriously impressive over the last 12 – 18 months as he improved on his play with an impressive kicking game that has become key for club and country.

1.Jean de Villiers

It’s a huge disappointment that de Villiers now looks set to sit out a large chunk of next year after picking up a knee injury in his final game of 2014, such is the year he has had for both club and country.

Who do you think has been the best inside centre in the world during 2014?

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  1. I played at center a lot in my amateur rugby life and its not this simple. Teams use centers in different ways. So it depends on the 10 and 13 outside of them and the tactics employed by the team.

    Still no way would I place Kurtley Beale or Fofana above Jamie Roberts whos defence this year has been exceptional. And SBW was good, he hasnt done enough in 2014 to make this list imo.

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