British and Irish Lions duo and former Saracens teammates Elliot Daly and Liam Williams are among four high-profile players who have failed to make it past the first round of the Straight 8 Fan Vote to decide the best fullback on the planet.
Punters worldwide have hit the polls on RugbyPass’ Facebook and Instagram accounts as part of the initiative to decide the world’s best players in each position, as voted by the fans.
The first three instalments of the campaign have already passed, with England’s Maro Itoje and South African pair Pieter-Steph du Toit and Cheslin Kolbe claiming the honours in the votes for lock, flanker and wing.
This week has brought with it the next edition of the series, with eight of the best fullbacks around the world pitted against each other in a knockout bracket.
However, neither Daly nor Williams have made it past the first round of voting, with players from the southern hemisphere dominating proceedings.
It wasn’t an All Black, Wallaby or Springboks that Williams fell short against, though.
On the other side of the draw, New Zealand’s excitement machine Damian McKenzie has bounced back from the knee injury that ruled him out of last year’s World Cup to thump Japan’s breakout star Kotaro Matsushima.
The South African-born Suntory Sungoliath speedster’s exploits at the World Cup caught the eyes of many worldwide, and even earned him a contract with powerhouse French club Clermont next season.
However, that wasn’t enough to sway voters, 79 percent of whom threw their support behind McKenzie.
The second round of voting is now open, with both Hogg and McKenzie hold substantial leads over their opponents.
However, with 16 hours remaining at the time of writing, there is still plenty of time to decide who will join Itoje, du Toit and Kolbe as the best in their position.
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