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

10.Cobus Reinach

Reinach was a relative unknown outside of South Africa until the end of this year, however his performances as a stand in for the Springboks have been sublime after a slightly shaky start.

9.Will Genia

Genia has struggled somewhat with injury this year which has limited his game time for both club and country. Despite this, when he has played for the Wallabies he has shown flashes of his brilliance.

8.Greig Laidlaw

Laidlaw has somewhat jumped up the rankings recently after his performances during the November Internationals proved that he is capable of moments of magic as well as being a solid scrum half.


7.Danny Care

At the beginning of this year Care would have been in the top three on this list, however a disappointing slip in form for England over the last six months has seen him struggle to make a mark for club or country.

6.Ruan Pienaar

Pienaar has been the key man for Ulster over the last few years and is now being given the opportunity to regularly translate this onto the international stage for the Springboks.

5.Kahn Fotuali’i

Fotuali’i is currently one of the most well rounded scrum halves in world rugby and would no doubt have been regularly challenging for international honours if he was playing for a tier one side.

4.Rory Kockott

After excelling in the Top 14 for years, Kockott has finally been given the chance to prove his worth on the international stage and did not disappoint when pulling on the French jersey this November.


3.Connor Murray

Murray has somewhat leapt up the rankings over the last 12 months after developing his all round game and now forms a formidable half back partnership with Johnny Sexton for Ireland.

2.Fourie du Preez

The return of du Preez to the international fold has been a huge boost for the Springboks has he seems to have once again hit top form and looks key to their hopes at the World Cup next year.

1.Aaron Smith

There was absolutely no doubt as to who would come out on top of this list. Smith has been sublime for the All Blacks and looks like the most complete scrum half in the world right now.

Who do you think has been the best scrum half in the world during 2014?