With the 2015 Six Nations over and done with, we take a look at the stand-out players in Europe ahead of the World Cup…

10.Sergio Parisse

Parisse was a stand-out once again during the Six Nations despite a series of lacklustre performances from Italy. Not only is he a supremely talented rugby player, he is also an inspirational leader.

9.George Ford

Ford has really come into his own since his move to Bath, and is now demonstrating his prowess on the international stage. After an impressive Six Nations, it’s hard to see him being displaced by the returning Owen Farrell.

8.Stuart Hogg

Hogg was once again Scotland’s best performer in what was an extremely disappointing Six Nations. He possesses an incredible turn of pace, an eye for a gap, a monster boot and is solid in defence.

7.Thierry Dusautoir

Dusautoir went about proving just how much France missed him during last year’s Six Nations this time around. The France captain leads by example, showing total commitment in everything he does for Les Bleus.

6.Dan Biggar

Biggar is rapidly becoming one of the very best fly halves in world rugby right now. He has been incredibly consistent for Wales over the last 18 months and will be absolutely key to their World Cup hopes.


5.Sam Warburton

Wales captain Sam Warburton looks to be entering the best form of his career as his side prepare for the World Cup. During the Six Nations he was monstrous in defence, a nuisance at the breakdown and even scored an impressive try.

4.Paul O’Connell

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell just seems to keep getting better with age. He may not be the flashiest of players, however he leads by example every time he takes to the field and is the driving force behind his sides recent success.

3.Jonathan Joseph

England look to have a real gem in Joseph who could very well ease Manu Tuilagi out of the starting XV during the World Cup. He was outstanding going forward during the Six Nations and looks to have shored up his defence.

2.Alun Wyn Jones

The scariest thing about Alun Wyn Jones right now is that his best years are probably still ahead of him. He is guaranteed to be one of the first names on Warren Gatland’s team sheet and brings experience to a relatively new tight five.

1.Johnny Sexton

Sexton wasn’t quite at his best during the Six Nations, with injuries disrupting his preparation somewhat. Despite this however, he showed enough during the tournament to lay claim to potentially being the best 10 in the world right now.