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

10.Benjamin Kayser

Hooker has been something of a problem area for France over the last couple of years, however the form of Kayser in 2014 should be enough to help at least alleviate some of these issues.

9.Stephen Moore

What the Wallabies wouldn’t have given for Moore to have remained fit throughout 2014. They will be hoping he can get back to his best in 2015 as he could be key to their World Cup hopes.


8.Ross Ford

Many fans had completely written Ford off 12 months ago, however an impressive showing in the end of season internationals has seen him once again emerge as a key man for Scotland.

7.Richard Hibbard

Hibbard may not be the most well rounded hooker in the world, however he does make big hits and scrummage very well. His Welsh jersey is under threat but he is good enough to keep hold of it.

6.Rory Best

Best proved just how tough he is last year after playing on despite breaking his arm. His return for Ireland has been important and he will be a big part of their World Cup team in 2015.

5.Adriaan Strauss

Strauss has battled well for the starting Springboks jersey however was just narrowly edged out for the big games. He’s still a hugely important player for the Boks though.

4.Agustin Creevy

The Argentinian hooker has emerged as one of the very best in the world over the last 12 months and will be hoping to maintain his current international form into next year’s World Cup.


3.Dane Coles

The All Blacks hooker still has a tendency to fly off the handle at the slightest provocation but other than that he is one of the very best in the world right now.

2.Bismarck du Plessis

The Springbok hookers form has been mixed for large parts of 2014, however when he’s playing in form there’s no doubting that he is the best around, he just needs to be more consistent.

1.Dylan Hartley

Hartley has been by far the most consistent hooker in the world over the last 12 months despite a couple of indiscretions. His line-out throwing and scrummaging has been nothing short of exceptional.

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