The alternate World Rugby Player of the Year list

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    The World Rugby nominations for Player of the Year 2017 look like they have been selected by the World Rugby public relations department, not the nomination committee.

    The criteria must have been headlines and clicks collected rather than actual output at the international level.

    But what strikes home most reviewing this list against past winners is this group does not get close to the quality of the complete players of the past, players who were not only the best of their time, but who also had few flaws.

    This reviews the nominees game output and suggests an alternate list.

    Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell
    We’ll first review these two head-to-head based on their performances in the British and Irish Lions series of this year.

    The common narrative, by both British and New Zealand press, was that Barrett struggled to deal with a rush defence while Farrell was the driver of the Gatland inspired twin playmakers which got the Lions back into the series.

    Yeah, nah.

    Barrett Farrell
    Runs 42 14
    Metres Run 136 22
    Points 41 31
    Tackle % 83 75
    Defenders Beaten 10 4

    Favorite Stats; Owen Farrell kicked 11 goals in three Tests, with a three-metre run up this means he ran more metres moving in to kick than he did with the ball in hand.

    Also, three of his four defenders beaten came in the second Test – after his opposing number was sent off.

    Beauden Barrett
    Despite the above, I have no idea how he made the list this year. There has only been one back-to-back winner and that was Richie McCaw, so he ain’t winning the big gong.

    He missed more than enough kicks in the Lions series to win it comfortably and has not shown anywhere near the required level of game management this year to be eligible for this award.

    Still capable of moments of absolute genius, not sure anyone else in the world catches Hogg during that Scotland game, but World Player of the Year form? Not even close.

    Scott Jordie Beauden Barrett New Zealand Rugby Union All Blacks 2017

    Does Beauden Barrett deserve his nomination? (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

    Owen Farrell
    I have no doubt he is the best goal kicker in the world and kicked superbly in the Lions tour of New Zealand.

    If you ever need someone to kick for your life this is the phone call to make. So, give him a little plinth with a ball on it and award him for what he is.

    But as the world’s best player, he is well short. No sort of attacking threat at all and in the big games that really mattered this year, he disappeared.

    The Ireland grand slam game and the third All Blacks Test he got targeted and failed, missing six and five tackles respectively.

    His kicking from hand in the third Test was also poor, registering the only air swing seen this year.

    Wouldn’t mind a pint for every time he was caught behind the gain line this year.

    Maro Itoje
    Media darling Maro is an athlete extraordinaire with a great vertical jump, but do his performances get him onto this list?

    In the six nations he largely played at blindside, and while his leg speed allows him to make a high number of covering tackles, he conceded an awful lot of channel metres during this series.

    A competent effort for a guy playing in his second position, but world class at blindside – simply no.

    The Lions series was an interesting one for him. Prior to him getting on the park during the first Test, the Lions’ lineout had operated at 100 per cent.

    With Itoje calling the lineouts, that fell to 75 per cent for the remainder of the series.

    Again, like Farrell, he largely disappeared during the key Test, making only four tackles over the 80 minutes.

    If this was not enough to exclude him then his actions during the Australia match last week seal it.

    When Kurtly Beale knocked on, Itoje came from way back, waving his arm in the air at the referee calling for a yellow card, soccer style.

    A pathetic effort, and not one befitting a world player of the year, and enough to exclude him for that single action. We are seeing way too much of this now and it needs to be stopped.

    Reiko Ioane
    A brilliant first-year effort, Ioane has shown some wonderful finishing skills this year and his conversion rate has been good.

    But he is obviously still learning. During the second Lions vs All Blacks Test, they continued to make space out wide even with 14 men and Reiko lacked the gravitas to demand the football.

    On the current tour we have seen the All Blacks run a number of winger insert plays and their go-to guy has been Naholo for these.

    I would think he is a slam dunk for Emerging Player of the Year, but a potential winner of this award? Not this year.

    Israel Folau
    Based on performances of the last 12 months, Folau is the only one on this list I would consider as a worthy nominee, and for two primary reasons.

    Firstly, his try collection numbers are just so prodigious it’s impossible to ignore. Secondly, this is a real comeback story.

    Israel Folau Wallabies Australian Rugby Union 2017

    The Wallabies’ Israel Folau has enjoyed an enormous resurgence in 2017. (AAP Image/Joe Castro)

    Prior to the Fiji game, Folau had not scored a try in a winning Wallaby side since 2014. This year, he has scored against everyone he has come up against.

    But to stick with the theme, his long-standing flaws remain and they did cost the Wallabies points this year in multiple games. Still not complete World Player of the Year material.

    The alternate 2017 World Rugby Player of the Year nominee list

    Jonathan Davies
    Johnny Sexton
    Sam Cane
    Sekope Kepu
    Joe Launchbury

    Jonathan Davies
    There was an awful lot of noise out of England when he was named Lions centre.

    No doubt that if one person swung this series, it was Davies.

    He is an intelligent defender, picking his times to push out of the line superbly, and who knew he had the kind of leg speed to run down Laumape in a series-deciding action?

    Lots of big game impacting moments, he runs straight, distributes well, easily player of the series.

    You would normally want a wider body of work to win this award – same issue as Joe Launchbury – but he would be a worthy winner such was his mid-year.

    Johnny Sexton
    There are defining moments in many a career, and when Sexton missed that kick in Dublin which should have secured their first ever win over the All Blacks, one wondered if he would ever recover.

    Well has he what. In my opinion, the premier flyhalf in world rugby right now.

    A colossus in Chicago – I know it doesn’t count for this – and when it mattered in the Ireland vs England Grand Slam and in the Lions game, he stepped up as Farrell stepped aside.

    In the six nations game he played a controlled game and made six tackles without a blemish, the same number as Farrell missed.

    In the third Lions Test he was a warrior. He got belted twice, but both times he got up and gave the Lions enough control to stay in a match that could so easily have got away from them.

    Would include him in the quinella.

    Sam Cane
    This is what the modern flanker looks like.

    He owns the narrow channels without peer, his tackle technique is textbook and there was a noticeable difference in the All Black ruck defence when he was absent.

    He is a constant force at ruck time, not a huge stealer of the ball but that is not a modern game requirement for the seven.

    He is a primary ball carrier in close, not huge in terms of metres but always to the gain-line, his pass numbers and link play are excellent, especially off the back of the lineout and he has become a viable fourth or fifth jumping option.

    Scores and supports just enough tries to ensure you can’t take your eye off him either.
    As an indicator, he threw three times as many passes and had more carries than Sean O’Brien did in the Lions series, which would surprise most.

    An excellent season and hard to find fault with his skill set or execution this year.

    Sekope Kepu
    It really was Kepu to the rescue for the Australian scrum this year, not only regaining his starting place but also being an ongoing stabilising influence in a scrum which has continued to suffer on the loose head side and with its replacements.

    He has largely become a more disciplined player around the park, makes his tackles and must be close to the best ball carrying tight-head in the game.

    Tight forwards are an exception at the top table when the awards are handed out but Kepu should be in the conversation.

    Again, no genuine weaknesses for his position and a big impact season.

    Joe Launchbury
    How the hell was this guy not a British and Irish Lion?

    You would think that not making this tour should exclude him, but I am not so sure.

    In an English side that wobbled more than once in the last Six Nations, he was of a consistently high standard and a pillar around which the side was built. He has really developed an engine for a big man, has good tackle numbers, rapidly improving hands and a really solid set piece.

    Good to see he returned with a Man of Match performance against the Wallabies.

    Even with such few games, a worthy nominee.

    These nominees might not generate the media inches and clicks World Rugby desires, but they are all top-drawer code exponents for mine, and surely that should still be the primary criteria.

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    • November 23rd 2017 @ 10:59am
      Fionn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 10:59am | ! Report

      Great article and I agree absolutely. Thank you, this was fantastic to read.

      One thing I will say, however, is that I feel like Marx should probably be on your alternative list over Kepu.

      Who would you give the award to from your alternative list?

      I also agree that Sexton is the premier fly-half in world rugby right now. Finn Russell is another good one who isn’t given the credit he probably deserves.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:07am
        Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        Yeah Marx close but my one abiding error memory of his was after the Folau hair pull incident , SA kicked for the corner, really important time of the match, lineout 5 out and he missed the lot again… in keeping with the theme, cant include him.

        Lots of names will come up today no doubt Fionn

        I would give it to Davies, from the list as is it has to be Folau

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          November 23rd 2017 @ 12:35pm
          PeterK said | November 23rd 2017 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

          The award is heavily swayed by team performances by NH teams.

          Sure NZ’s quite fairly have won it the most but outside that SA has won it once (when they won rwc) and Australia none despite these 2 countries being more often ranked in the top 3 over the time period.

          England have done very well over the last few years, and both English players were in a Lions team that exceeded expectations.

          Itoje is odds on to win it.

          IMO a Wallaby is least likely to win it, even when the awards started and beating the Lions for the first time they couldn’t win it. Only if the team has an exceptional year and also has a player that is the best in a year do they have a chance.

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 1:27pm
          Perthstayer said | November 23rd 2017 @ 1:27pm | ! Report


          Folau has undoubtedly been red hot. But everyone forgets he still messes up the odd “team” try by going that one step/effort too far. Lets say there have been 3 of these events over the year (I would suggest more) but that’s a big enough dent to say to me he doesn’t deserve the prize.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 1:46pm
            Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

            I think that’s why this is year is so interesting Ps and thought it worth proposing a alternate.
            Each of these nominees could rationally and statistically argued against weighing good vs bad.

            Try to do that with the list of past winners, all the way back to Keith Wood, almost impossible to go he was really good….but.

            At a stretch maybe Williams D could be questioned, and Habanas discipline, but you would be drawing a long bow.

            Seems to me the flaws this year are across the nominations.

            • Roar Guru

              November 23rd 2017 @ 2:39pm
              Timbo (L) said | November 23rd 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

              “The criteria must have been headlines and clicks collected rather than actual output at the international level.”

              You are so on the money with this statement.

              It is all about Highlights Hogs.

              We are being programmed to focus on 4 minutes of game activity and celebrate the players based on the editors picks.

              I am surprised that we don’t hear more about the ball in the England – Australia match. It spent a good 5 minutes on the screen and featured on the Highlights reel.
              Perhaps it gets a nomination too.?

            • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:16pm
              Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

              ” The shortlist was selected by the new star-studded World Rugby awards panel comprising World Cup winners Richie McCaw, John Smit, George Gregan, Maggie Alphonsi and former England coach Clive Woodward alongside Brian O’Driscoll, Fabien Galthié and Agustín Pichot. ”

              a fare while back i said on this site that these awards are rubbish and rarely if ever , the deserving guy got the award. i was lynched !!!

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 8:57pm
                Fionn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 8:57pm | ! Report

                Cuw, as usual I think you’re 100% correct.

                It is also biased against guys from smaller nations. I can’t see a Mafi or a Nakarawa ever winning it, for example.

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              November 23rd 2017 @ 4:04pm
              PeterK said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

              disagree with you there.

              Previous winners were not all complete in your terms.

              Wilkinson was not a creative 10, he wasn’t a playmaker in terms of his passing, he wasn’t a good runner of the ball. Interestingly you ignore the playmaking by Barret and Farrell which I thought would be important measurements.

              Habana missed his share of tackles as did Williams.

              This would apply even more so if you went through every year’s nominations and not just past winners.

        • November 24th 2017 @ 9:32am
          ClarkeG said | November 24th 2017 @ 9:32am | ! Report

          My error memory of Davies Lander is his terrible clearing kick for Wales in the 6Ns gifting England the opportunity to put Daly over in the corner to take the lead late in the game.

          But to be fair I doubt the panelists that decide all these awards will be encouraged too consider player errors too much.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:45pm
        Rebellion said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:45pm | ! Report

        Strongly agree on the Jonathon Davies nomination.
        I first sat up to take notice of him when he carved up a reasonable Boks side about 4 years ago on their uk tour and have been impressed ever since. He doesn’t physically look terribly threatening but his running lines are almost as crisp as Darren Lockyer and as you say his defensive organisation is superb
        Northern Hemisphere has closed the gap when no one was looking..

    • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:18am
      Kane said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

      With Folau missing the end of year tour and still getting a nomination I’d like to throw big Brodie Retallick’s name into the hat.

      That man is immense

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:27am
        Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        Actually Kane while we were all aware how well he was playing I didn’t kind of realise how good until I compared his Lions series vs Itoje and his first 4 games in the RC before we lost him.

        He could easy be on the list again this year so dominent was he across the games he played……..but I did enjoy Launchburys efforts this year too.

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:30am
          Fionn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:30am | ! Report

          I still cannot comprehend how a lot of English supporters seem to consider him as their 4th best lock.

          Despite all the fanfare around Itoje, I rate Launchbury as currently the top lock in the northern hemisphere.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 1:33pm
            Perthstayer said | November 23rd 2017 @ 1:33pm | ! Report


            I would say his 80 minutes engine also puts him at top table.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:20pm
            Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:20pm | ! Report

            @ Fionn

            the problem with Launchbury is he is a silent operator .

            first of all he still has a baby face and has this sad expression.

            second , he is not demonstrative , expressive or vocal.

            i mean he captains the 2nd best club in Aviva – WASPS – and rarely engages the ref.

            Itoje on the other hand is the total opposite – and also u have to realize he is a colored player.

            • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:12pm
              JimmyB said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:12pm | ! Report

              Wtf does that mean?

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:29pm
                Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

                Was waiting for that opening salvo…..

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:47pm
                Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:47pm | ! Report

                and what a salvo ….. would have been mistaken for MC 😛

            • November 23rd 2017 @ 8:58pm
              Fionn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 8:58pm | ! Report

              Again, Cuw, I think you’re 100% on the money about about his problem being that he is a silent operator that just goes about his business.

              He and Nakarawa would be the two best locks in the northern hemisphere though, surely.

          • November 24th 2017 @ 2:04am
            adastra32 said | November 24th 2017 @ 2:04am | ! Report

            It’s really only Eddie (and Gaffeman) who don’t rate him as high as he should be. IMO he is top 2. Good problem to have though.

            • November 25th 2017 @ 9:03am
              Sgt Pepperoni said | November 25th 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

              I don’t see how launchbury always seems to attract the MOM honours. I would pick Otoje, Kruis and Lawes ahead of him any day. He seems so slow and lumbering next to them

              Where’s Connor Murray on the list?

              • November 25th 2017 @ 2:38pm
                Highlander said | November 25th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

                Good to see the NCOs on here

                Even if you exclude the argentina mathces this year and compare launcbury to Itoje
                Launchbury has
                More carries
                More run metres
                More tackles
                Less Misses – and thus a better percentage
                Does take less lineouts but both of these are miles behind someone like Retalliack or Read
                Launchbury is penalised 5x less than itoje 2pens vs 10 in 6 games
                Interesting eh

                Watch a game without the commentators and you will see a different picture.

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 6:32pm
          Rugby Tragic said | November 23rd 2017 @ 6:32pm | ! Report

          Highlander, firstly, thanks, a very enjoyable read.

          Quite seriously I thought that Retallick was a leg in for this subjective award before his injuries and untimely family tragedy.

          He never had a bad game and IMO was often close to being MOTM in all games he played.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 7:32pm
            Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 7:32pm | ! Report

            Evening RT

            After overlooking Big Brodie I went and had a quick peak at this numbers

            These are his 8 game averages per match

            Runs 5
            Metres 26
            Tackles 8
            Tackle percentage 91
            Lineout takes 4

            Add this to his scrum ability, pretty good package

            • November 23rd 2017 @ 7:42pm
              Rugby Tragic said | November 23rd 2017 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

              Thanks for being so precise with your articles mate, appreciate the effort…

              That try Retallick scored in Albany …. geez, he had no right to keep up with the fast men … what a sight though … big striding …

              Big Brodie should be playing for the Blues! …

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 8:25pm
                jacko said | November 23rd 2017 @ 8:25pm | ! Report

                No way RT you leave Big Brodie where he is

              • November 24th 2017 @ 3:14pm
                Rugby Tragic said | November 24th 2017 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

                Jacko, we need all the assistance we can get!?

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 8:37pm
                Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 8:37pm | ! Report

                Love the big goofy smile when he gets close to the line, he genuinely enjoys it

    • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:31am
      KiwiHaydn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

      Best player in the World currently, hands down has to be Brodie Retallick.

      Immense, colossus, the heart of the All Blacks pack, they just don’t operate the same without him. Unfortunately playing time counts against the big rig, otherwise he’d win the award for sure.

      I think both BB and Ioane will miss out this year, so it’s a toss up between Folau (playing time might count against him too) and Itoje for me.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:23pm
        Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

        nope the best player in the world right now is LEONE NAKARAWA of FIJI

        but then who cares about Fiji , right ??? duh 😛

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:37pm
          KiwiHaydn said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

          By what rationale do you think Nakarawa is the best?

          A few years back Rupeni was hands down the most talented back in World Rugby but didn’t live up to his potential on the world stage.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:52pm
            Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:52pm | ! Report

            maybe people need to watch him play to see how good he is .

            a lot of good players are relegated to a footnote , simply becoz they are not playing for the big teams .

            Parrisse for eg. is one of the top3 eights in the world but who cares.

            Imoff is one of the best wings but then his country will not select him giving a silly excuse.

            my favorite example is GARETH BALE – all these guys are the Bales of rugger.

            Bale rarely gets accolades playing for Wales , but everyone knows he is one of the best playing footy in this world.

            the team u play in – especially at country level – matters for recognition !!!

            forget the above – imagine Amanaki Mafi playing for Wallabies 😀 😛

            so lets do a simpe switch – like they do with families with and without money ; reverse the roles.

            lets put BR in Fiji and LN in NZ . what will happen. it will be insane 😀

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 7:20pm
            Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

            BTW i wonder what will become of the FIJI 7S team this season.

            No Kolinisau , Nakarawa , Viriviri, Pio Tuwai , Tuisova, …. all grabbed by clubs

            maybe some new guys will grab headlines ?

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 7:18pm
          mzilikazi said | November 23rd 2017 @ 7:18pm | ! Report

          Yes, Cuw, that is a good call. LEONE NAKARAWA is just one amazing player…but as you say, who cares about Fiji.

          Might be different after RWC in Japan…sure hope so !!

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        November 23rd 2017 @ 6:22pm
        marty beauchamp said | November 23rd 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

        Absolutely agree about the AB’s with and without Retallick, and about Folau being the only really worthy contender for the title, maybe we just have to admit it’s not a stellar year

    • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:40am
      Bib said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report

      Furlong over kepu, but there’s not much in it

    • Roar Guru

      November 23rd 2017 @ 11:53am
      Rugby Fan said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

      Does the Ireland vs All Blacks match in Chicago not come into the reckoning for the 2017 award?

      I’ve never seen a definitive answer to what matches are supposed to be under consideration.

      The Chicago Test was on the 5th November and the shortlist announced on the 7th. Sure, there was a two day gap but there was still a full month of international rugby to take place. England didn’t play Australia until December.

      This year, the nominee shortlist was announced on the 15th November.

      I suppose it could be a simple case of every match in the 12 months before the shortlist announcement. In that case, though, what happened to the matches played on the 12th November 2016?

      I’ve always assumed that, because the shortlist announcement takes place in November, performances in that year’s End-of-Year Tests count for next year.

      If not, then it strikes me as daft that the shortlist is announced while matches under consideration are still underway.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 11:59am
        Highlander said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        Someone might be able to help on actual dates, but Heaslips nomination last year referenced the Chicago game.

        • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:10pm
          Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

          the way i know , it is kind of fluid ( date wise).

          basically the period is START of the 6 nations up until the START of the November internationals.

          so someone good with rugger calendar can define the period. 🙂

          • Roar Guru

            November 24th 2017 @ 1:08am
            Rugby Fan said | November 24th 2017 @ 1:08am | ! Report

            If that’s true, then you a e saying that none of the End of Year Tests (aka Autumn Internationals) count towards the award.

            Hard to take the award seriously if it ignores a whole international window.

            Can you let us know the citation? I couldn’t find anything on the World Rugby site.

            • Roar Guru

              November 24th 2017 @ 3:42am
              Poth Ale said | November 24th 2017 @ 3:42am | ! Report

              RF – from the WR website in Awards section:

              “The award winners were selected by independent panels, who voted on every match from the Six Nations through to the start of the November internationals. For more details on the respective awards panels, click here.”


              • Roar Guru

                November 24th 2017 @ 10:01am
                Rugby Fan said | November 24th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

                Thanks for that.

                So it’s a bit like deciding Man-of-the-Match before the game has finished.

                Sounds like World Rugby pick a date for the awards dinner, and then work backwards. There is some logic in choosing November, because most internationals teams and referees will be in Britain, Ireland or France. That means players and officials are on hand to attend.

                In a World Cup year, looks like the venue also hosts the awards dinner. In 2015, the short list was released just before the final, so at least some tournament performances would have been considered.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 12:25pm
        Kane said | November 23rd 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        I do believe it is for the year ended 31 October. Basically the year starts with the start of the NH test season and runs for 12 months

        • Roar Guru

          November 24th 2017 @ 3:36am
          Poth Ale said | November 24th 2017 @ 3:36am | ! Report

          World Rugby say it is for matches played during 2017.

    • Roar Guru

      November 23rd 2017 @ 11:56am
      John R said | November 23rd 2017 @ 11:56am | ! Report

      I’d back Brodie Retallick along with other commenters here. Bloke is a beast! Never has a bad game.

      • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:25pm
        Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

        as i said above Brodie is really good but then Leone Nakarawa is MAGICAL.

        pity Fiji play very little and get little publicity.

        • Roar Guru

          November 23rd 2017 @ 4:14pm
          John R said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

          Where does he play his club rugby? I presume he’s in France somewhere?

          Electric player for sure. If he was in Super Rugby I’m sure we’d all be talking about him all the time.

          • November 23rd 2017 @ 4:29pm
            Cuw said | November 23rd 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

            RACING 92.

            the soon to be crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara said , the racing team is suffering becoz all the team wants to play like LN , and try the impossible .

            There was one Champions League match , when he just owned the park. When the commentary team named him the man of the match they said , there is no highlights reel – the whole game is highlights of LN.

            he is just so good , but very few follow Top 14 or Champions League or Fiji tests for that matter. pity 🙁

            • November 23rd 2017 @ 8:34pm
              jacko said | November 23rd 2017 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

              CUW top 14 is only club rugby…..He has been fantastic no doubt, but we never get to see Fiji enough against top opposition so it becomes a bit subjective after that.

              • November 24th 2017 @ 10:29am
                ClarkeG said | November 24th 2017 @ 10:29am | ! Report

                Yes …the awards are for international rugby players.

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