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

10.Sekope Kepu

The Aussie scrum may not be the most dominate in world rugby right now, but on his day Kepu is still a top quality tighthead prop and as such makes this list.

9.Samson Lee

Lee has well and truly ensured that Welsh fans haven’t been left scratching their heads after Adam Jones was dropped given his recent performances.


8.Carl Hayman

Hayman may no longer be playing international rugby, however he is ripping it up in the Top 14 for Toulon, and rumour has it the All Blacks want him back.

7.Charlie Faumuina

Faumuina is unlikely to ever go down as an All Blacks great, however he is solid for the world champions and well and truly deserves his place on this list.

6.Nicolas Mas

Mas may not have too many years left in the tank, however he is still a key man for the French who will be hoping he remains fit at least until after the World Cup.

5.Jannie du Plessis

There’s no doubting that du Plessis alongside his brother is still a key man in the Springboks front row where he continues to impress.

4.Martin Castrogiovanni

Castro may not have left Leicester on the best of terms, however the Tigers loss has been Toulon’s gain as he has become a key man for the Top 14 champs.


3.David Wilson

In the absence of Cole who would normally be on this list, Wilson has been in fine form for club and country and truly deserves his place on this list.

2.Juan Figallo

The Argentine tighthead has been central to the success of the Los Pumas scrum over the last 12 months and will be a key man this time next year.

1.Owen Franks

Franks has been a key man for club and country, however such is the dearth of talent at tighthead right now he didn’t face much competition for top spot.

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