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

10.Alex Corbisiero

Had Corbisiero manage to remain fit for larger parts of this season there’s no doubting he would have been much further up this list.

9.James Slipper

The Aussie scrum has hardly been a point of strength over the last 12 months, however Slipper has hardly done himself a disservice on the international stage.


8.Gethin Jenkins

Jenkins may be struggling to find top form this season, however his return to Wales seems to have helped him significantly and he still has a key role to play for Wales.

7.Ryan Grant

Grant was part of a much improved Scotland pack during the November Internationals and will be a key man for them as they bid to make the World Cup knockout stages.

6.Thomas Domingo

Domingo may be nearing the end of his international career, however he is still a key component of the French pack and will be an important player for them next year.

5.Joe Marler

Marler may have been somewhat thrust into England action this year after another injury to Alex Corbisiero however he is more than holding his own and at 24 years of age still has time to get better.


4.Wyatt Crockett

Crockett is emerging as an increasingly important figure for the All Blacks as he goes from strength to strength and gains invaluable experience.

3.Marcos Ayerza

Ayerza may not be the biggest or the strongest loosehead in the world, however he more than makes up for this with his near perfect technique in the scrum.

2.Tendai Mtawarira

The Beast more than lives up to his name for the Springboks, performing well in the scrum and carrying like a Number 8 in the loose.

1.Cian Healy

Injury robbed Healy of a few more Ireland caps in the end of year internationals, however he has been nothing short of magnificent for both club and country throughout 2014.

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