Friday, January 09, 2009

Richie's No.1 in world - 07/01/2009

Richie McCaw is the world's top rugby player according to an international rugby magazine. New Zealand has contributed 12 players to the world's list of the best 50 players in the game. The International Rugby News magazine has listed the world's top 50 players.
First five-eighths Dan Carter is No. 3 after Argentinian first five-eighths Juan Martin Hernandez. In its assessment of McCaw the magazine said:

"Good enough, even, to dismiss the growing platoon of bleaters who suggest he bends the rules to snapping point at the ruck. If McCaw cheated half as much as his critics claimed, he's have a rain forest's worth of splinters in his backside from time in the sin bin."

It also commented that he turned around the disappointment associated with the All Blacks' World Cup demise and came 'as good if not better'.And of Carter the magazine said:

"…the All Black fly-half [first five-eighths] has everthing, precision, panache, pace and power."
Springbok lock Victor Matfield was No.4 and Italy's No.8 Sergio Parisse No.5. The best of the Australians is first five-eighths Matt Giteau is at No.6 and Welsh wing Shane Williams is No.7. South Africa rounds out the top 10 with wing Bryan Habana No.8, and flankers Schalk Burger and Juan Smith at nine and 10 respectively.

Other New Zealanders listed are: Ma'a Nonu (13), Luke McAlister (20), Tony Woodcock (220, Mils Muliaina (28), Joe Rokocoko (31), Nick Evans (32), Conrad Smith (38), Rodney So'oialo (39), Sitiveni Sivivatu (44), Ali Williams (47).

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