Rugby World Cup No 10’s – Top ten out-halves

Down the years Ireland has produced some of the finest out halves to have graced the game, people like Jack Kyle, Ollie Campbell, Tony Ward and more recently Ronan O’ Gara, and the current incumbent Johnny Sexton.

With the Rugby World Cup now underway, here we take a look at ten of the finest no 10’s that will grace our screens during the next three weeks, with New Zealand still favourites, if you fancy a bet you can always go Sportsbetting24 to get some great deals.

The current Wales no 10, having fought off the challenge of Rhys Priestland over the 2014/2015 season, Biggar is an integral member of the Wales team that faces a monumental battle to get out of their Pool.

Warren Gatland’s side face the prospect of battling England and Australia for a spot in the quarter finals, meaning the performances of this astute kicker out of hand, and fearless defender will be vital to Wales’ chances of causing an upset and getting out of the Pool.

9: Quade Cooper (Australia)

One of the most prodigiously talented and skilful players to grace the game in recent years, this Kiwi born Australian international is as well known for his off field antics as he is for his on field heroics.

Cooper was shunned by former Wallaby boss Robbie Deans, but has been brought back into the fold by new coach Michael Cheika. The Queensland Reds out half is expected to join Toulon after the World Cup, where he is expected to be understudy to Bernard Foley.

8: Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina)

The Toulon playmaker was the top scorer in the 2014 Rugby Championship with 54 points. The Toulon man spent three seasons with Bordeaux, before earning his move to the defending Champions Cup holders.

Sanchez adds an attacking dimension to Argentina’s back play, combining flair and creativity to a previously forward orientated squad.

7: Patrick Lambie (South Africa)

The 24 year old Natal Sharks star features on this list due to his versatility, meaning the emergence of Handre Pollard will not stop him adding to his 63 Springbok caps.

His kicking ability and consistency mean wherever he features for the Springboks during the World Cup, he will have a major say in whether they are celebrating  third World Cup triumph or not.

6: Dan Carter (New Zealand)

The world’s record points scorer is joining Racing Metro after the World Cup, so will be looking to bow out on a high with another winner’s medal with the All Blacks.

The 33 year old has had a fractured couple of seasons, due to injury and taking a sabbatical from the game.

His performances towards the end of the Super Rugby campaign with the Crusaders however, suggest Carter might be capable of leaving the international game, much the same way he has spent most of it.

Steering the kiwi’s to victory from out half.

5: George Ford (England)

The 2014/2015 season witnessed the young Bath player come into his own on the world stage. Stuart Lancaster entrusted him with the England out half position and he has not let anyone down so far.

His attacking abilities have allowed the English game to move on from the laborious, slow attack play they utilised with Owen Farrell at 10, and his goal kicking and game management are improving with each passing test.

Crucial to how the host nation do during the World Cup, the 22 year old is well on his way to taking over from Johnny Sexton as the Northern Hemisphere’s top fly half.

4: Handre Pollard (South Africa)

The 21 year old burst onto the scene during the 2014 Rugby Championship, when he almost single-handedly ended New Zealand’s twenty two game unbeaten run, and led his side to a 27-25 victory in Johannesburg.

His haul of nineteen points in just his fourth cap, heralded the dawn of a new Springbok hero and his career has gone from strength to strength since. He goes into the World Cup as first choice South African out half, and possesses all the attributes to go on and become a true great for his country.

3: Bernard Foley (Australia)

The Waratah’s man comes in at third on the list, and will be charged with marshalling one of the world’s most potent back lines during the World Cup.

The 25 year old is ice cool with the boot and knows where the try line is also, having scored four tries in eighteen caps. He looks to have won the battle for the out half position with Quade Cooper, and provides greater consistency and stability than the Queensland Reds star.

2: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

The Hurricanes starlet has just returned from an injury he picked up facing Dan Carter’s Crusaders in the Super 15, in time to stake his claim for a starting place in the All Black’s line up for the World Cup. The 24 year old will fancy his chances of lining up at 10 for the Kiwi’s with Aaron Cruden injured and Carter now 33.

If he does line up as first choice for the World Cup, his excellent running play and general game management will spark some great attacking rugby from Steve Hansen’s team, which will make it hard for their rivals to dethrone them.

1: Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Without question the finest no 10 the Northern Hemisphere has to offer, Sexton has helped guide Ireland to back to back Six Nations.

His rather unsuccessful spell with Racing Metro has come to an end and he will re-join Leinster for the 2015/2016 season. His move home, will surely see his rugby flourish and if he can make it to the World Cup fit and healthy, there is no reason why he can’t help Ireland embark on a record breaking World Cup campaign in England.


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