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Welsh Media Only Name Two Irish Players In Their Top 50 Rugby Players Of The Professional Era

Welsh Media Only Name Two Irish Players In Their Top 50 Rugby Players Of The Professional Era
By Jeremy Fullam
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Popular Welsh website, walesonline were busy today compiling a list of the top 50 rugby players of the professional era following the tragic death of Jonah Lomu.

Their list features all of the biggest names to have graced the sport and it's unsurprising to see recent World Cup winners Richie McCaw and Dan Carter at number one and two respectively.

What is surprising however is the fact that there is only two Irish players are mentioned in the list, Brian O'Driscoll who's ranked at number three and Paul O'Connell who's ranked at number 15.

There was no place for former captain Keith Wood despite his inclusion on two Lions tours, Ronan O'Gara also missed out despite becoming Ireland's leading points scorer and the Leading points scorer in the history of the European Cup.

What's even more surprising is that Wales have 8 players in the top 50, more than World Cup winners England who have 6 representatives and the same amount as Australia.

New Zealand have the most representatives on the list with 13.

Here's the top ten

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10.Johnny Wilkinson (Eng)

9. John Eales (Aus)

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8. Shane Williams (Wal)

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7. Tim Horan (Aus)

6. Sergio Parisse (ITA)

5. Joost van der Westhuizen (SA)

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4. Jonah Lomu (NZ)

3. Brian O'Driscoll (Ire)

2. Dan Carter (NZ)

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1.Richie McCaw (NZ)

 

[Walesonline]

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