With the majority of 2014 over and done with we look at the top 10 outside centres this year and rank them in descending order…
Scottish centre Alex Dunbar has been in fine form for both club and country over the last 12 months, happily slotting in at 12 or 13 depending on the fitness of those around him in the squad.
Basteraud came in for some criticism at the beginning of the year after failing to make much of an impact for France but he has now bounced back helping Toulon to a Top 14 and Heineken Cup double.
It seems Serfontein has now settled the debate as to who should play at 13 for the Springboks after an outstanding season playing alongside Jean de Villiers in the midfield.
Campagnaro set the Six Nations alight earlier this year after scoring a double against Wales in Cardiff before continuing to impress throughout the rest of the year, he will definitely be one to watch.
Davies has had a bit of a mixed year for both club and country, however it’s still difficult to deny his undoubted talents. When he plays to his best he is still one of the top centres in world rugby.
Fekitoa has had an incredible 12 months for club and country which has seen him break into the All Blacks side, and looks set to be a regular started after next year’s World Cup.
Tuilagi may have missed large parts of the last year through injury, but this shouldn’t take away from the impact he has made when fit. He seems to be England’s one nailed on centre when all are fit.
Ashley-Cooper has spent a good deal of the last 12 months playing on the wing for the Wallabies, however for the Waratahs he has excelled at outside centre, helping lead them to a maiden Super Rugby title.
Smith is quite simply one of the greatest centres of all time. He may not be the quickest or the strongest but he always seems to be at least one step ahead of everyone else on the field.
Kuridrani must be considered the most improved international in world rugby this year after his development over the last 12 months meant he is now a mainstay in the Wallabies midfield.
Who do you think has been the best outside centre in the world during 2014?