We take a look at the top 10 full backs in world rugby right now, and rank them as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup…
Milner-Skudder has just enjoyed a breakthrough season in Super Rugby for the Hurricanes. Whilst he is untested on the international stage, if he can carry his club form over to the All Blacks then he has a huge future ahead of him.
The Ireland full back maybe isn’t quite the player he was a couple of years ago, but he is still a force on the international stage, and has proven to be a key player in Joe Schmidt’s game plan.
The South African born France full back has rapidly become one of Les Bleus key players, providing a calming influence at the back, and adding some much needed ballast to a backline that was easily over ran far too often.
Brown is currently some way off the form he demonstrated 18 months ago when he was by far and away England’s best player. Despite issues with concussion recently, when he has played he’s proven to be a solid performer for England.
The Welsh full back/winger offers a very different option to his compatriot Leigh Halfpenny and was seen by some as the man who lit up the Welsh back line during the recent Six Nations. They’ll just hope he can get fit for the World Cup.
Whilst Halfpenny may not be the flashest of players, he is about as consistent as they come. He is solid at the back and his ability under the high ball is unparalleled, as his commitment, not to mention his kicking from the tee.
4.Willie le Roux
The Springbok full back has been one of the key weapons in his countries armoury as he has torn up defences whilst his pack pounded them up front. His ability to spot a gap and make clever plays makes him a real stand-out.
Although widely hailed as a great player, many fans underestimate just how good Hogg is. He really is the complete full back, with a monster boot, an ability to attack from deep, commitment in defence and fantastic positioning.
There’s no doubting that Folau is the best attacking full back in the world right now, however he narrowly misses out on top spot due to some minor questions over his consistency. If he can nail this then he will be one of the all time greats.
What more can we say about Ben Smith that hasn’t already been said? The All Blacks full back is on fire at the moment, displaying incredible consistency for both club and country. He really is one of the best in the world right now.
Who do you think is the best full back in the world right now?