Rugby is one of the most popular sports in western hemisphere. There is a huge fan following of the game. Rugby World Cup is just around the corner and the best players of 2014 or the players who have performed very well in 2014 are especially to look out for. This list contains the top ten players of 2014, whom everyone has to look out for:
BrodieRetallick: Brodie Retallickis a player of New Zeeland Rugby Union team.He was named the World Rugby Player of the Year.This 23-year-old player’s powerful runs and work-rate across the pitch have brought him to the fore in the year 2014. He was an IRB Junior World Championship winner in 2011. Retallick has 35 Tests and one try against South Africa in the 2013 Rugby Championship to his name.
Willie le Roux: Willie le Rouxis a player of South African Rugby Union team. He is a versatile back-line player; he generally plays as a fullback or wing. Willie le Roux has started all 10 of South Africa’s Tests in 2014 to take his tally to 22 Tests since his debut against Italy in June 2013. The 25-year-old player has scored seven Test tries and he is strong under the high ball.
Julian Savea: Julian Savea is a player of New Zeeland Rugby Union team. This 24-year-old player has scored 10 tries in 2014. These include a hat-trick against England in the third Test in June, which take his tally to 29 tries in just 31 Tests. Savea was named the IRB Junior Player of the Year in 2010 after helping New Zealand win a third successive IRB Junior World Championship title.
Jonathan Sexton:Jonathan Sextonis an Irish rugby union player. He has been the stand-out player for Ireland in 2014 as the Ireland Rugby Union team claimed the Six Nations title, a first series win in Argentina in June and the scalp of South Africa in Dublin. His control of the game at fly-half and perfect record from the kicking tee earned the 49-Test veteran the man of the match award against the Springboks.
Duane Vermeulen: Duane Vermeulenis a player of South African Rugby Union team. He is a classic South African number 8.He has won plaudits across the world in 2014 for his work at the breakdown, power in the tackle and his destructive ball carrying. With 26 Tests to his name, this 28years old player was named man of the man in South Africa’s 27-25 victory over world champions New Zealand in October with his battle with Kieran Read worth the admission price alone.
Ben Smith: Ben Smithis a player of New Zeeland Rugby Union team. He plays for the Highlanders in the Super Rugby competition and for Otago in the ITM Cup competition. He plays as a Fullback, Winger and also Outside Centre. The talented player is involved in so many All Blacks tries, either as creator or scorer, having touched down 16 times himself and there’s a polish about everything he does.
Peter O’Mahony: Peter O’Mahony is a player of Ireland Rugby Union Team. He plays for Munster in the Pro12 and European Rugby Champions Cup and for Ireland internationally.
Aaron Smith: Aaron Smithis a player of New Zealand Rugby Union team.He plays as a half-back for the Highlanders in Super Rugby and for Manawatu in the ITM Cup. He hadplayed for the Maori All Blacks in 2010 and he was first selected for the All Blacks in 2012. He is the oil that keeps the All Black machine purring.
Richie McCaw: Richie McCawis a player of New Zeeland Rugby Union team. He is currently the test captain of the All Blacks. He plays for the Crusaders in Super Rugby. His constant striving for self-improvement has kept him at the peak of the game for so long. It is hard to improve on perfection, but the ageless Crusaders flanker keeps on trying.
AlunWyn Jones: AlunWyn Jonesis a Welsh international rugby union player. He plays for the Ospreys in the Pro 12. He is a player who gives everything for club and country every single time he takes the field. He is fully charged as his tireless work-rate in the second row.