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9 South Africans have made the list of 50 of the most influential rugby players in the world!


Global (13 April 2021) – Who are the most influential rugby players in the world? Well, ‘Stuff Magazine‘ asked the question and 9 South African players made the list!

Yes, proudly South African and proud of South Africa!

“Stuff rugby writers Aaron Goile, Marc Hinton, Paul Cully, Richard Knowler, and Robert van Royen; former All Black Aaron Mauger, former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith, former Black Fern Izzy Ford, and Wellington Pride player Alice Soper, each provided their top 50 names and then point were awarded to tally up the results.”

From Damian de Allende, to Eben Etzebeth and Siya Kolisi, 9 South Africans made the list! Check it below and let us know if you agree with the choices.

Here is the full list:

50. Sarah Hirini (New Zealand)

49. Kelly Brazier (New Zealand)

48. Sene Naoupu (Ireland)

47. Eloise Blackwell (New Zealand)

46. Jessy Trémoulière (France)

45. Dane Coles (New Zealand)

44. Ruby Tui (New Zealand)

43. Finn Russell (Scotland)]

42. Justin Tipuric (Wales)

41. Stacey Fluhler (New Zealand)

40. Virimi Vakatawa

39. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

38. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

37. Charles Piutau (New Zealand)

36. Damian de Allende (South Africa)

35. Grégory Alldritt (France)

34. Maki Vunipola (England)

33. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

32. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

31. James Ryan (Ireland)

30. Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)

29. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

28. Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

27. Handré Pollard (South Africa)

26. Tom Curry (England)

25. Taniela Tupou (Australia)

24. Michael Hooper (Australia)

23. Emily Scarratt (England)

22. Manu Tuilagi (England)

21. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

20. Billy Vunipola (England)

19. Romain Ntamack (France)

18. Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)

17. Kendra Cocksedge (New Zealand)

16. Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

15.Own Farrell (England)

14. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)

13. Portia Woodman (New Zealand)

12. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

11. Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand)

10. Siya Kolisi (South Africa)

9. Pablo Matera (Argentina)

8. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

7. Same Cane (New Zealand)

6. Antonie Dupont (France)

5. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

4. Semi Radradra (Fiji)

3. Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

2. Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

1. Maro Itoje (England)

Sources: Stuff 
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