The Tele­graph’s 100 best play­ers in the world: count­down con­tin­ues...

In the build-up to the World Cup, we asked our rugby writ­ers, plus coaches and direc­tors of rugby from the English game and Tele­graph sub­scribers, to vote for the big­gest game-chang­ers. In day two of a se­ries, Ben Coles analy­ses num­bers 80 to 61 on the li

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Vern Cot­ter, his coach at Mont­pel­lier and no mean judge of a for­ward, reck­ons he is the best scrum­mager on the planet. There is ar­guably no home na­tions player of the same size as Hen­der­son who cov­ers the ground as well – he can mo­tor. A nuisance at the break­down, Guirado’s turnovers have be­come cru­cial for France. Never knows when to stop bat­tling. The mas­ter of the line-out, call­ing the shots at this set-piece for Sara­cens and Eng­land. Like all the best Fi­jian-born play­ers, Raka seems to glide over the play­ing sur­face. He is a proven match-win­ner. Made his name on the back of his out­stand­ing turn of pace dur­ing his youth, and that re­mains a po­tent as­set. A won­der­ful all-round scrum-half. His dis­tri­bu­tion is swift and ac­cu­rate, he has as good an eye for a gap as any­one.

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