Fastest players in world rugby. Part 2.

11 Dec

Cory Jane

While he may not be the quickest player in world rugby, there’s no doubt that in a one-on-one situation its hard to beat the current All Black wing. His ability to quickly cut to the outside and beat his opposing number is almost without peer, as evidenced by his try against South Africa in this years Tri-Nations.

Even though he may not have the pace of Habana, Jane always seems to have just enough to get to the line. A mark of a truly great player.

Ugo Monye

The former Lions winger was a sprinter in his youth, clocking times of under 10.6 by the age of 17. A feat all the more impressive given he was competing in the same races as two future Olympians. Monye’s strength is in his vertical speed rather than in his lateral movement.

Monye’s simple approach has caused some skeptics to label him as a sprinter masquerading as a rugby player, a charge also levelled against Paul Sackey. However his consistency in both attack and defense over several seasons has proved many of these criticisms to be ill-founded.

Takudzwa Ngwenya

The American speedster, who made such an impression at the 2007 World cup ran a 10.5 in the 100 metres while still in High School in Texas. Originally from Zimbabwe, Ngwenya is not only about speed and has displayed on several occasion a real nous for the game.

Although famously known for beating Bryan Habana on the outside, the Biarritz winger’s try against Shane Williams’ and the Osprey’s remains one of the best scored in Heineken Cup history.

Despite their recent form, Ngwenya continues to perform well for Biarritz. If the club is to steer clear of relegation from the Top 14, it almost certain that it will be largely dependent on the contribution of their flying wing.

Christian Wade

The young Wasps wing is still a relative newcomer to the professional game, despite making a name for himself at both underage level and at the sevens version of the game. His pace was blindingly apparent earlier this season, as he scored a hat-trick of tries against Leicester in the Aviva Premiership.

Even at this early stage in his career, it looks likely that Wade will earn a call-up to the English squad in the near future.

Shane Williams

Possibly, along with Habana, one of the greatest wings of the past decade. Now retired from international rugby, the Welsh Wizard scored 58 tries in 85 games for his country.

Despite being undersized, Williams had an uncanny ability to step out of the tightest of spots and his break away acceleration made him a threat from deep also.

Nearing the end of his career, Williams has proved that in a game beset with behemoths there is still room for a small man.

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