Rugby Championship - Australia v All Blacks, 17 August 2013

We take a look at the top 10 scrum halves in the world right now, and rank them based on current form ahead of the World Cup…

10.Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

The Edinburgh scrum half is definitely a star of the future, and would probably be starting at the World Cup if it wasn’t for Greig Laidlaw’s standing in the current Scotland side.

9.Will Genia

Despite struggling with form and injuries of late, Genia is still a world class talent, who if he hits form at the right time, will be a key figure for the Wallabies.

8.Rhys Webb

Webb is now firmly established as Wales’ first choice scrum half, having been a key figure for Warrent Gatland’s side over the past 12 months.


7.Ben Youngs

With the dip in form of Danny Care, Youngs has taken full advantage showing his talents for England and forming an impressive half back combination with George Ford.

6.Fourie du Preez

He may be one of the older players on this list, but du Preez has proven he still has what it takes to perform at the very highest level for the Springboks.

5.Nic White

The Wallabies scrum half is unfortunate to have missed out on selection recently after a disappoint end to his Super Rugby campaign, but do not underestimate him.

4.Ruan Pienaar

The Ulster scrum half has been impressive for the Irish province, and will be a key figure for the Springboks as they look to claim their third World Cup crown.


3.Morgan Parra

The French scrum half may not have seen as much international game time as he may have liked recently, but when firing he is still one of the best in the world.

2.Conor Murray

Ireland’s nine Conor Murray has formed a formidable partnership with Johnny Sexton, and will be a pivotal figure for Joe Schmidt’s side at the World Cup.

1.Aaron Smith

Not only is Smith the stand out scrum half in the world right now, he is quite possible the best player in the world on current form.

Who do you think is the best scrum half in the world right now?