We take a look at the top 10 locks in world rugby right now based on current form, and rank them ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup…
Glasgow’s Fijian lock has brought something special to the Scottish side with his ball carrying and off-loading helping them to a maiden Pro12 title.
Injury has severley reduced Launchbury’s game time over the last 12 months, however given time he will likely be back near the top of this list.
The French enforcer, despite coming towards the end of his career, Pape still remains a pivotal figure in Les Bleus pack.
The Scottish lock has been nothing short of superb over the last two years for both club and country showing a willingness to put in the hard work all over the pitch.
Whitelock has been a superb partner for Rettalick in the All Blacks second row given how well their differing skills compliment one another.
O’Connell just seems to have gotten better with age, and will no doubt be a pivotal figure for Ireland at the World Cup as he captains the side for the last time.
4.Alun Wyn Jones
It’s unbelievable to think the Welsh lock could still be going at the next World Cup in 2019 such is the impact he has already had on the team.
After a dip in form a couple of years ago, Lawes has really bounced back and has proven to be one of England’s most important players of late.
The Powerful Springbok lock has cemented his spot in the team for the next decade, and is currently the games best enforcer.
The current world player of the year, and an integral part of the All Blacks pack, Rettalick still has plenty of time to get even better.