Rugby. The English press names the 30 best players in Great Britain, Farrell only number 16

England captain Owen Farrell is only ranked 16th among the best rugby players playing in Great Britain in 2022. (© Icon Sports)

At the end of the year, The Telegraph has decided to publish its location of Top 30 players playing in the UK (thereby integrating the Irish province of Ulster) in 2022.

The very serious English daily was based mainly on sporting performance but also tries and points scored to establish its ranking of the top 30 players in Britain.

Freddie Steward (England) No. 1 in the ranking…

The one at the top of this ranking is the back of Leicester and the XV of the Rose, Freddie Stewart. He had a very good year in 2022 by winning the English league title with Leicester and the Tigers ended a 9-year drought.

The 1.95m player, imperial in the air, equipped with a long footwork and very confident in the game, shows great confidence at only 22 years old. This year he has certainly established himself as a starting back for the English team and is already still one of the world’s references in his position.

“What a find! Strong as a rock under the high balls, he continues to develop in other areas. One of the few bright spots in the English team in a difficult year,” writes The telegraph.

…Owen Farrell only 16e !

Steward is ahead of another England international in form jamie george. However, it is necessary to go further in the classification to find traces of the “stars” in the English team. Maro Itoje is only in 12th place, Marcus Smithsingled out for his attitude in the final action of the England-All Blacks match, is only number 20.

Owen Farrellcaptain of an XV de la Rose hardly brilliant in 2022, is only 16e of this classification. Note that he was voted the most hated player in the world by fans last August. Hard for this stalwart from England (31 years old; 101 picks).

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Despite a serious Achilles tendon injury and not having played since the English Championship final in mid-June, the opening george ford increases to 8e rank. “He has been in brilliant form with Leicester,” points out The telegraph. Perhaps new England manager Steve Borthwick will follow him a little closer than Eddie Jones when he returns to the competition…

The ranking of the top 30 players playing in the UK according to The Telegraph

1. Freddie Steward (Leicester/England)
2. Ellis Genge (Bristol/England)
3. Julian Montoya (Leicester/Argentina)
4. Darcy Graham (Edinburgh/Scotland)
5. Emiliano Boffelli (Edinburgh/Argentina)
6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton/England)
7. Duhan van der Merwe (Edinburgh/Scotland)
8. George Ford (Dirty/England)
9. Ben Earl (Saracens/England)
10. Louis Rees-Zammit (Gloucester/Wales)
11. Tom Curry (Dirty/England)
12. Maro Itoje (Sarracens/England)
13. Juan Martín González (London Irish/Argentina)
14. Andre Esterhuizen (Harlequins/South Africa)
15. Chris Harris (Gloucester/Scotland)
16. Owen Farrell (Saracens/England)
17. Will Rowlands (Dragons/Wales)
18. Nick Tompkins (Sarracens/Wales)
19. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter/England)
20. Marcus Smith (Harlequins/England)
21. Hamish Watson (Edinburgh/Scotland)
22. Henry Arundell (London, Irish/England)
23. Jasper Wiese (Leicester/South Africa)
24. Theo McFarland (Sarracens/Samoa)
25. Tommy Reffel (Leicester/Wales)
26. Henry Slade (Exeter/England)
27. Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors/Scotland)
28. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol/England)
29. Jac Morgan (Ospreys/Wales)
30. Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Ireland)

An Argentine 3rd in the ranking

This classification does not only give the English and the players in the English team a sense of pride. In fact, we come up with the 3e steps on the podium the Argentine from Leicester Julian Montoyanamed Premiership Player of the Season 2021-2022.

He is two places ahead of his compatriot in this ranking Emiliano Boffelli, who defends the colors of the Scottish club Edinburgh. “He’s deadly accurate against bars,” says The telegraph.

The Scottish Darcy Grahamoutstanding on the international stage (player who has crossed the most and completed the most meters of the ball in hand) is 4e of the classification, his friend Duhan van der Merwe is meanwhile 7e. We find 2 South Africans with Andre Esterhuizen (14e) and Jasper Wiese (23e). The first Welshman is none other than the nugget Louis Rees-Zammit (10e).

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