The 10 best rugby players at Six Nations 2022

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The Six Nations is rugby’s greatest championship. The tournament is due to commence in February 2022 and gives fans a chance to watch the world’s best players in action.

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10 – Paolo Garbisi

Despite not winning a Six Nations match since 2015, gli Azzurri have genuinely shown signs of improvement year-on-year and 21-year-old fly-half Paolo Garbisi is leading the charge.

Garbisi was a beacon in the #10 jersey for the Italians in 2021. Versatile, creative, and a deadeye kicker, Italy’s chances of finally securing a win rests firmly with the Montpellier back.

9 – Justin Tipuric

The indomitable Alun Wyn Jones is unfortunately out of the Six Nations. Filling the void of the great man’s presence could well be Ospreys captain Justin Tipuric.

The flanker was a nailed-on started for Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions XV against South Africa, but injury cruelly ruled him out of the tour.

With 85 caps and counting, Tipuric is everything a modern flanker should be: with exquisite technique to match his relentless engine. If Wales are to repeat their 2021 Six Nations triumph, Tipuric will have to be firing on all cylinders.

8 – Romain Ntamack

Son of legendary French winger Émile, Romain Ntamack has transitioned into international rugby with ease.

The versatile back orchestrated France’s thrilling victory over New Zealand in the Autumn Nations Series and his relationship with scrum-half Antoine Dupont (more on him later) is arguably the best in international rugby.

French fly-halves are often renowned for being mercurial: electric one minute, terrible the next. Ntamack is consistent and defensively solid and looks set to lead the French challenge for Six Nations 2022.


7 – Courtney Lawes

An important cog in the English pack for more than a decade, Courtney Lawes ages like a fine wine.

The Northampton lock was initially known as being a tackle monster, specialising in destroying the hopes and dreams of fly-halves everywhere. Now under the tutelage of Eddie Jones, Lawes has morphed into one of the most complete forwards in the game: often starting at blindside flanker.

The British and Irish Lion recently stepped in as England captain in the 2021 Autumn Nations Series, demonstrating his maturity and respect within the camp.

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6 – Marcus Smith

It has been said that Marcus Smith plays unlike any other fly-half that England has ever been produced.

Smith became the second-youngest Premiership player in history when he made his debut for Harlequins in September 2017 aged 18 years and 200 days and has not looked back.

Owen Farrell is England’s captain and lynchpin, but no other English rugby player gets fans going like Smith.

5 – Louis Rees-Zammit

Louis Rees-Zammit burst onto the scene for Gloucester in the 2019-20 season as an 18-year-old, scoring a hattrick of tries against Northampton.

After receiving the Premiership Player of the Month Award in December 2019, Gloucester moved quickly to secure the talented winger’s services on a mega deal before Wales came calling.

Rees-Zammit made his Wales debut in the following Six Nations and a British & Irish Lions call-up soon followed.

It is remarkable to think that Rees-Zammit is still just 20. With pace and strength in abundance, he is already one of rugby’s best wingers as he looks set to ignite the Six Nations 2022.


4 – Tadhg Furlong

Irish tighthead Furlong has taken the role of prop to another level. The Leinster forward is a two-time British and Irish Lions Tourist and isn’t done yet.

Our Chairman Gareth Chilcott is mightily impressed by Furlong’s ability in the scrum, whilst his technical skills in the loose ensure that in the modern game he is a deadly option.

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3 – Maro Itoje

Oooh Maro Itoje! The Saracens forward has been one of the best players in the world since he powered England to the Rugby World Cup Final 2019 in Japan.

The lock is an integral figure to the England team and his work in the breakdown leaves fans in adulation and opponents in fear.

Amassing 50 caps aged just 27 is no mean feat. Itoje is a future England captain in waiting and with Owen Farrell’s position in the XV under threat, we might be seeing the second-row leading the team out in the not too distant future.

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2 – Hamish Watson

The reigning Player of the Championship, Watson is surely one of the best players in the world.

Upon winning the award, the Six Nations wrote that “Watson was an all-action performer in the Scottish back-row, missing just 14 minutes over the course of five matches. He scored one try and provided one try assist, carried 67 times for 321 metres, and successfully made every single tackle of his 55 in defence.”

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1 – Antoine Dupont

Arguably the best player in the world at the time of writing, Antoine Dupont has it all. Frighteningly quick with a razor sharp brain and deadly spin pass, the Frenchman has the potential to go down as one of rugby’s greatest players of all time.

The reigning champion of the prestigious EPCR European Player of the Year award is also in contention for the World Player of the Year. Dupont will hope to lead France to glory at Six Nations 2022.


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