The position of fly half is one of the most pivotal on a rugby field. Fly halves are tasked with conducting their sides play and as such every club is searching for a world class 10. For me these are the 10 best fly halves in the world right now;
1. Beauden Barrett
New Zealand’s 23 year old fly half Beauden Barrett has been in sensational form for the Hurricanes this season. He has quite possibly been the stand-out fly half in Super Rugby this season and is incredibly unfortunate to be competing for the All Blacks 10 jersey with Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden. As a 10 Barrett really does have it all.
2. Francois Trinh-Duc
Possibly the most underrated fly half on this list as for some baffling reason Trinh-Duc continues to be overlooked for more international honours. He has been the most accurate kicker in the Top 14 this season whilst also helping to lead Montpellier to a second place finish. Trinh-Duc may still be a maverick but has added consistency to his game.
3. Johnny Sexton
Not only was Sexton a key member of last years victorious Lions tour, but he also helped conduct Ireland’s latest 6 Nations triumph. Sexton has once again been in brilliant form for Ireland this summer and made up for a shaky start to life in the Top 14 by helping guide Racing Metro to the play-offs. Sexton continues to excite ball in hand.
4. Dan Carter
Carter may not have played much top level rugby in the last 12 months, but that still shouldn’t detract from the fact that Carter is the best fly half of our generation. Carter has continued to dictate the way in which modern fly halves play and when fit still remains the best 10 in the world. Carter remains the most complete 10 in the world.
5. Pat Lambie
Lambie was incredibly unfortunate to miss out on the June internationals thanks to an injury after starting this seasons Super Rugby competition in fantastic form. Lambie helped ensure the Sharks got off the mark early in Super Rugby as he conducted affairs from fly half. Lambie looks set to have a big future at 10 for the Springboks.
6. Aaron Cruden
Cruden has been another Super Rugby fly half who has been unfortunate with injuries this season. It’s no coincidence that the Chiefs have fallen behind in the Super Rugby play-off running in Cruden’s absence. Cruden suffered a difficult return to the international stage recently but still looks like Carter’s natural successor.
7. George Ford
It was a huge blow to England this summer when Ford announced he would be unavailable for the June tour of New Zealand due to surgery. Ford has been the key man behind Bath’s rise up the Premiership table this season. He still has a tendency to buckle slightly under pressure but has the potential to be England’s 10 at the World Cup.
8. Bernard Foley
Foley has carefully orchestrated one of the most potent attacking lines in world rugby all the way to the top of the Super Rugby table this season. The Warratahs fly half filled in well for Quade Cooper during the June internationals and should be given another chance. Foley’s not quite fully there yet but has time to develop.
9. Nick Evans
Evans was always going to struggle to break out of Dan Carter’s shadow in New Zealand and has done his reputation no harm since moving to England. Evans still remains one of the best fly halves in England after helping once again guide Quins to the play offs. Evans experience continues to ensure Quins remain a force.
10. Morné Steyn
Steyn may not have had the most productive of seasons in the French capital, but that shouldn’t detract from the fact he is still an excellent fly half. He may not have the exciting running game of some of the players on this list, but his consistency, solid defence and kicking make him a key player. Steyn remains a truly solid fly half.
Who do you think is currently the best fly half in the world right now?