Alun Wyn Jones has been named the world’s best player by Rugby World magazine.
The 33-year-old Wales captain and second-row forward has topped a list of 100 of the world’s current leading players compiled and voted for by Rugby World’s expert panel.
The panel included Fiji’s Olympic gold medal-winning sevens coach Ben Ryan, Wasps Ladies director of rugby Giselle Mather, broadcaster Ross Harries and Kiwi writer Liam Napier as well as the magazine’s editorial team.
On their choice of Jones as number one, Ryan said: “He’s like superglue for any team he plays for – unbreakable in the toughest of moments – and that simultaneously elevates those around him too.
“He leads from the front with the highest level of guile, intellect and bravery that is a rarity even among the greats.”
England fly-half Owen Farrell topped Rugby World’s last list, compiled in January 2018, but is ranked sixth this time.
Pauline Bourdon, the France scrum-half, is the highest-ranked women’s player in the top 100 at 11th.
New Zealand have the highest representation of players on the list, with 21, followed by England (17), South Africa (12) and Wales (10). There are also nine Irish players and five Scots.
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