Continuing in on our top 10 series, this time we take a look at the 10 best wingers in rugby right now and rank them based on current form.
*Please note some players are absent from this list as a result of appearing in our top 10 full backs post.
10. Marland Yarde
Whilst some may question the inclusion of Yarde on this list, he appears to have all the tools necessary to be a top quality international. He proved once again during the June Internationals that he has a nose for the try line and plenty of power to boot. If he can improve upon his defensive displays he could be key for England during the 2015 World Cup.
9. Simon Zebo
Zebo has had a difficult season with injuries hampering the progress he made last season. He has however come back firing and starred in Ireland’s June international series with plenty more expected this season. One of the most exciting wingers in the Northern Hemisphere, expect plenty more from Zebo in the future.
8. Yohann Huget
The French winger was one of their sides few shining lights in an incredibly disappointing Six Nations campaign this year. Despite his side failing to get on the front foot for large portions of the tournament, Huget still managed to get over the try line and helped ensure his side didn’t finish bottom of the table in 2014.
7. Henry Speight
Speight has been incredibly unfortunate to pick up an injury just after being called up to the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship. Despite this he should still be fit for the second half of the tournament where much is expected of the big winger as the Wallabies will be hoping he can replicate his club form on the international stage.
6. Nemani Nadolo
Giant winger Nemani Nadolo has many of the same attributes as All Blacks great Jonah Lomu. Whilst he’s still not quite in that class yet there’s no doubting how integral Nadolo was in the Crusaders run to this years Super Rugby final. Nadolo has also been in fine form in the international stage so far this season.
5. George North
North may have been criticised by some for his performances this year after his move to Northampton Saints. However it is no coincidence that his arrival has coincided with the Saints claiming a maiden Premiership title as well as the European Challenge Cup crown. Considering his age there’s still plenty more to come from North both internationally and domestically.
4. Hosea Gear
Just a year out from the World Cup Gear has opted to return to New Zealand instead of continuing on a big money contract in the Top 14. This suggests he’s pretty confident in his ability to break back into the All Blacks squad in time for the showpiece event. On current form you’d be pretty brave to bet against him doing so.
3. Niki Goneva
Goneva has had a standout season for Leicester Tigers after finishing as the Premiership’s top try scorer. The powerful winger at times almost single handedly kept Leicester in the hunt for a spot in the top 4. His ability to run both through and around defenders has made him one of the most potent attackers in Englsh rugby over the last 12 months.
2. Sitiveni Sivivatu
Sivivatu may have finished the season disappointed once again after seeing his side slip agonisingly close in both the Top 14 and Heineken Cup. Despite these disappointments Sivivatu has been one of the stand-out players not just for Clermont, but in the whole Top 14 over the last couple of years.
1. Julian Savea
On current form All Blacks winger Julian Savea is easily the best winger in the world right now. The powerful New Zealander proved once again how deadly he is with ball in hand during the June internationals as he made England pay heavily for failing to properly nullify him. It seems no matter where he is on the pitch there’s always a chance he’s going to make it over the line.
Who do you think is the best winger in the world right now?
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