Mike Ross makes a break 16/11/2014

We take a look at the 10 best club and/or country packs in world rugby at the beginning of 2015…


Georgia may not quite be amongst the best international sides in the world, however their fearsome pack provide a great platform to build off, especially given their extensive Top 14 experience.

1.Mikheil Nariashvili 2. Shalva Mamukashvili 3. Davit Zirakashvili 4. Konstantin Mikautadze 5. Giorgi Nemsadze 6. Mamuka Gorgodze 7. Viktor Kolelishvili 8. Dimitri Basilaia


Clermont have long been known for their attacking flair, however it is thanks to their monstrous pack that they are given the platform to work off.

1. Thomas Domingo 2. Benjamin Kayser 3. Davit Zirakashvili, 4. Jamie Cudmore 5. Sebastien Vahaamahina 6. Damien Chouly 7. Julien Bardy 8. Fritz Lee


Things may not be quite clicking for Toulouse right now, however when their forwards are on form they have the kind of pack that could stand up to almost any side in the world.

1.Gurthro Steenkamp 2. Christopher Tolofua 3. Census Johnston 4. Joe Tekori 5. Yoann Maestri 6. Yannick Nyanga 7. Thierry Dusautoir 8. Louis Picamoles

7.Northampton Saints

Northampton have done an incredible job of pulling together one of the strongest packs in world rugby thanks in large part to Dorian West.

1.Alex Corbisiero 2. Dylan Hartley 3. Salesi Ma’afu 4. Samu Manoa 5. Courtney Lawes 6. Calum Clark 7. Tom Wood 8. Sam Dickinson



Given the money spent on their side its no wonder Toulon are right up there with the international sides and who could argue given the quality of player currently lining up in this monster pack.

1.Alexandre Menini 2. Guilhem Guirado 3. Carl Hayman 4. Ali Williams 5. Bakkies Botha 6. Juan Smith 7. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe 8. Steffon Armitage


Los Pumas recent ascension in world rugby has been built around a powerful pack that have made Argentina a force to be reckoned with.

1.Marcos Ayerza 2. Agustin Creevy 3. Ramiro Herrera 4. Mariano Galarza 5. Tomas Lavanini 6. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon 8. Leonardo Senatore


Not so long ago the Irish pack looked a little lightweight and at times struggled to hold its own. Fortunately for Ireland fans a number of key players have matured immeasurably and become real cornerstones of the current Ireland side.

1.Cian Healy 2. Rory Best 3. Mike Ross 4. Devin Toner 5. Paul O’Connell 6. Peter O’Mahony 7 Sean O’Brien. 8. Jamie Heaslip

3.All Blacks

Despite being the best side in the world, the All Blacks pack suffer slightly from a lack of depth in the front row. The second row and loose forwards are as good as they come but they can on occasion be outmuscled in the front row.

1.Wyatt Crockett 2. Dane Coles 3. Owen Franks 4. Sam Whitelock 5. Brodie Rettalick 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Richie McCaw 8. Kieran Reid



It seems since time began the Springboks have prided themselves on their dominant pack, and that still remains the case today. There aren’t many sides who can match their ferocity during a full international.

1.Tendai Mtawarira 2. Bismarck du Plessis 3. Jannie du Plessis 4. Victor Matfield 5. Eben Etzebeth 6. 7. Francois Louw 8. Duane Vermeulen


Individually many of England’s players wouldn’t be considered the best in the world, however as a unit they are about as dominant as a pack comes. Graham Rowntree has done a fabulous job turning them into such an impressive unit.

1.Alex Corbisiero 2. Dylan Hartley 3. Dan Cole 4. Joe Launchbury 5. Courtney Lawes 6. Tom Wood 7. Chris Robshaw 8. Ben Morgan

Which do you think is the best pack in world rugby right now?