Fastest players in world rugby. Part 1

11 Dec

Deciding who the fastest player in world rugby, still remains largely subjective. Unlike the NFL, rugby players are not subject to publicised sprint tests. The following series comprises not only some of the fastest players in the game but also some of the more accomplished wingers that regularly utilize speed as part of their game.

Whilst it may not be an exact list of the fastest players, there’s no doubt that everyone single one of the players discussed is worthy of any moniker bestowed upon a player of pace. Let’s start at the top.

Bryan Habana

It’s no coincidence that one of the best wingers in the game is also one of the fastest. The prolific South African wing has been reported on the blogosphere to run a 10.3 in the 100 metres, although this cannot be officially verified.

Regardless of what his actual time is, there’s no doubt that given enough space the Springbok legend will inevitably score.

With an incredible scoring ration at both club and international level, there’s no doubt that at only 28, he’ll be scoring tries for years to come.

Tonderai Chavanga

Chavanga, now of the Newport Dragons, ran a 10.5 in the 100 metres while still a teenager. His blistering speed and acceleration has seen him become a fan favourite at his previous club,the Stormers, and has garnered him recognition at international level too.

The wingers ability to change direction at high-speed has led him to score some memorable tries in the Super 15.

Gerhard Van Den Heever

Still only 22, Van Den Heever was not only touted as Habana’s replacement at the Bulls but was also reported to be quicker than the Springbok legend. A former 110 metre hurdler, the current Stormers wing has shown an ability to cut through defenses with ease when given half a chance.

Yet to be capped at international level, the youngster has many years ahead to hone his skills alongside the likes of Habana, Gio Aplon and Jean De Villiers.

Chris Ashton

Like or loathe him, there’s no question that Ashton can play. His electric pace coupled with an innate ability to trail the ball carrier has led to a scoring rate, almost unrivalled in the Northern Hemisphere.

When not scoring tries, the abrasive flyer often lets his nature get the better of him. Most notably when ranged against one of the Tuilagi brothers.

Fionn Carr

Often compared to the legendary Simon Geoghegan, the former Connacht wing has made a name for himself with his searing runs from deep and his poachers ability to finish off scores.

Two promising seasons saw him top the try charts in the Magner’s league and earn a return to his old province, Leinster.

Still to be capped by Ireland, the Leinster wing has made an impressive start to the season with try scoring appearances against Glasgow and Treviso.


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