full back

With the majority of 2014 over and done with we look at the top 10 full backs this year and rank them in descending order…

*Ben Smith is included in the top 10 wingers list

10.Joaquin Tuculet

Tuculet may have spent the bulk of the last few months without a club (he has now signed for Cardiff Blues) but that didn’t stop him proving his value for Los Pumas during the Rugby Championship.

9.Leigh Halfpenny

A year ago Halfpenny would have been further up this list, unfortunately injuries have meant he’s struggled to put together a run. There’s no denying that he’s one of the best defensive full backs around though.

8.Scott Spedding

Few people had heard of Spedding outside of France until the November internationals. He has taken his opportunity well for France though and now looks set for more game time during the Six Nations.


7.Liam Williams

This selection may raise some eyebrows but after his brain fart during Wales’ tour of South Africa he has bounced back strongly and has looked assured in the Welsh jersey in recent weeks.

6.Stuart Hogg

Hogg is the kind of player that Scotland coach Vern Cotter will be able to build his team around. A tenacious defender with a blistering turn of pace and a howitzer of a boot.

5.Mike Brown

Earlier this year Brown would have been fighting it out for top honours after a superb Six Nations. He still looked solid for England during the November Internationals but lacked a bit of the spark he showed.

4.Israel Dagg

Dagg has struggled a little bit this year after coming back from injury, but when he has performed to his full potential then he has looked impressive. He now needs a decent run in the side to re-establish himself.


3.Rob Kearney

Kearney has had a mixed couple of years for Ireland, however it looks like he has hit his best form at just the right time. He will now be a key player for Ireland heading into next year’s World Cup.

2.Willie le Roux

Willie le Roux has been absolutely sublime for the Springboks this year. He is their key attacking threat and has completely changed the way in which they play rugby. He is a natural playmaker from 15 as well.

1.Israel Folau

The top spot was a close call, however it was hard to ignore Folau’s flying start to Super Rugby this year which resulted in the Waratahs maiden title. He’s not been too bad for the Wallabies recently either.

Who do you think has been the best full back in the world during 2014?