We take a look at the top performing blindside flankers in 2015 and rank them best of their current form ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

10.James Haskell

Haskell has had a mixed time of it for England over the last 12 months, however his performances for Wasps in the Premiership have been nothing short of outstanding.

9.Dan Lydiate

The Welshman is coming back into form after a disappointing season spent in the French capital, and will be a key man for Warren Gatland’s side.

8.Juan Smith

The Toulon man seems to have gotten better with age, and is still proving to be a key figure in the dominant French sides team.


7.Peter O’Mahony

The Munster captain and Irish blindside is a natural born leader and is proving to be an increasingly important figure on the international stage.

6.Liam Messam

The All Blacks are incredibly lucky to be able to have Messam as their cover for blindside given he’d likely start for most other sides.

5.Yannick Nyanga

The French flanker has dipped in and out of form at times, but on his day is still one of the finest loose forwards in the northern hemisphere.

4.Scott Fardy

The Wallabies man continues to be a battling presence in their pack, and will likely feature heavily during their World Cup campaign.


3.Mamuka Gorgodze

The powerful Georgian is a huge player for both club and country, and is definitely not someone you would want to cross on or off the pitch.

2.Schalk Burger

Burger has come back into fantastic form at the perfect time for the Springboks and could find himself captaining the side at this rate.

1.Jerome Kaino

Kaino’s return to New Zealand has been a big boost for Steve Hansen’s side, and he will form part of a formidable back row at the World Cup.

Who do you think is the best blindside flanker in the world right now?