We take a look at the top 10 tighthead props in world rugby right now based on current form, and rank them ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

10.Mike Ross

Ross has come in for criticism from various elements in recent years, but still remains a vital part of the Irish pack.

9.Sekope Kepu

The Wallabies tighthead may not be the greatest in the world, but given the options around him, he is key to Australian hopes at the World Cup.

8.Uini Atonio

The giant French prop has spent most of his time as a replacement, but is really starting to come into his own thanks to his 24 stone frame.


7.Jannie du Plessis

Jannie du Plessis helped silence many of his critics the other weekend with an impressive performance against the Wallabies and will be hoping to continue his form.

6.Ramiro Herrera

The Los Pumas tighthead has some way to go before being considered one of his countries greats, but he has proven a solid prop of late.

5.Frans Malherbe

Malherbe has had a superb Super Rugby season and will be hoping to be given a chance at the Rugby World Cup this year.

4.Martin Castrogiovanni

Castro is the most experienced player on this list and it shows as despite his age he is still a formidable scrummager.


3.Nicolas Mas

The French tighthead is another who won’t be around for the next World Cup, but he still remains a key player in Les Bleus pack.

2.Owen Franks

The All Blacks tighthead has been a key player for a number of years now, and will feature heavily once more at the World Cup.

1.Dan Cole

One of England’s genuinely world class players, Cole has proven himself to be up there with the very best over the last few years.