Common questions

Who is the best blindside flanker in the world?

Who is the best blindside flanker in the world?

Fans’ World XV of the Decade: Who was the best blindside flanker of the 2010s?

  • Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)
  • Thierry Dusautoir (France)
  • Scott Fardy (Australia)
  • Justin Tipuric (Wales)
  • Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)
  • Pieter Steph du Toit (South Africa)
  • Schalk Burger (South Africa)

Which flanker is blindside?

Flanker is a position in the sport of rugby union. Each team of 15 players includes two flankers, who play in the forwards, and are generally classified as either blindside or openside flankers, numbers 6 and 7 respectively. The name comes from their position in a scrum in which they ‘flank’ each set of forwards.

What makes a good blind side flanker?

Defence from the lineout If the ball has been played to the backs straight away, the blindside flanker should defend the hole between the fly half (10) and the end of the lineout. If pressure forces the fly half to cut back, or he passes/switches back inside, the blindside should be there to make the tackle.

What makes a good flanker in rugby?

They use their superior skills of tackling, ball handling and agility to assist in attack and their bulk, strength and endurance to bolster defence. For an idea of the size and build of flankers, compare elite players on our page player sizes.

Who is the best flanker in the world?

Best of the best: The top 10 flankers in Super Rugby 2021

  • 1) Sam Cane (Chiefs)
  • 2) Lachlan Boshier (Chiefs)
  • 3) Shannon Frizell (Highlanders)
  • 4) Akira Ioane (Blues)
  • 5) Liam Wright (Reds)
  • 6) Cullen Grace (Crusaders)
  • 8) Lachlan Swinton (Waratahs)
  • 10) Du’Plessis Kirifi (Hurricanes)

Who is the best lock of all time?

Top 10 locks of all time

  • Victor Matfield.
  • Paul O’Connell.
  • Colin Meads.
  • Nathan Sharpe.
  • Brodie Retallick.
  • Willie John McBride.
  • Brad Thorn.
  • Eben Etzebeth. The young Springbok enforcer has made quite the impression since making his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers in 2012.

Who is the best number 8 in world rugby?

Duane Vermeulen
Springboks star Duane Vermeulen has been voted the world’s best No. 8 by fans around the globe after dispatching England powerhouse Billy Vunipola in a poll on social media.

Which is better openside or blindside flanker in rugby?

By virtue of their position on the open side of the scrum, openside flankers make a higher % of their tackles against Backs than blindside flankers do. As a result, it its advantageous for openside flankers to be faster and more agile than their blindside counterparts.

How tall is the average rugby flanker in the world?

Height of a rugby flanker In the modern game, both flankers are often used as lineout options. This means there has been a move in favour of taller flankers on both the blindside and openside. The average top-tier blindside flanker has an average height of 1.92m or 6ft4in.

Can a blindside flanker play in a back row?

There are exceptions, of course, but No 8s and openside flankers don’t always tend to be the most adept jumpers, so a tall blindside with plenty of vertical explosion can make themselves integral to any back row unit.

Who is the best openside flanker in the world?

Tipuric is the best on-ball openside flanker running around in the Northern Hemisphere right now. At 30 years old, he’s still very much in his prime and should retain the Wales #7 for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 5.