We take a look at the top 10 outside centres in world rugby right now and rank them based on their current form…
The Ireland centre may don the number 12 shirt for his country, but many still believe his best position is at outside centre. Although there are still areas of his game that he needs to work on, he looks like he is fast becoming a future star of Joe Schmidt’s side.
The Italian centre missed this years Six Nations through injury, but has shown enough promise to be snapped up by Exeter Chiefs. If he can re-find his form of last years Six Nations then he will be a key asset for Italy at the World Cup this year.
The Reds centre was one of very few shining lights in a tough season for the Queenslanders. At just 21 he may struggle to break into the Wallabies starting line-up right away, but have no doubt that he will be challenging for a place before long.
The Springbok centre looks likely to hold onto the number 13 shirt into the World Cup. He performed well recently against a strong World XV side, and will be hoping to carry his Super Rugby form over onto the international stage.
Although the Wallabies look likely to deploy AAC on the wing, it is at outside centre that he truly shines. He will be a big loss for the Waratahs next season after agreeing a move to France, but still has a big part to play in the World Cup.
It is a huge blow to Wales that Davies will be unavailable through injury at the World Cup. Despite this and a slightly in-different season in the Top 14, he still remains one of the best outside centres in world rugby right now.
The All Blacks are incredible blessed to be in a position where they have a player of Fekitoa’s quality as a second choice outside centre. Have no doubt though, once Conrad Smith moves to France he will claim the jersey for his own.
The Wallabies centre is one of the most improved players in world rugby over the last couple of years. He became a central figure for them during their tour of the Northern Hemisphere and has a key role to play at the World Cup.
In the continued absence of Manu Tuilagi, Joseph has really stepped up and shone for England. He was their stand-out player during the Six Nations and will be hoping to replicate this form when he turns out for them during the World Cup.
There’s not much that can be said about Smith that hasn’t already been covered hundreds of times before. He is a magnificent player who is absolutely key for both club and country, and will be a huge loss when he retires.