By Simon Galinier
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And if the former number 8 of the XV of France, Sébastien Chabal (44 years old; 62 selections) was one of the most overrated players in the history of rugby? In any case, this is the opinion of the British fans who voted and debated on the Facebook group of the specialized site Ruck.co.uk. A current Toulon player also takes first place in this top 3 of the most overrated rugby players of all time. Results that are controversial to say the least, it is up to everyone to make up their own mind…
Shabal? “His appearance and look degrade half his reputation…”
In third position among the most overrated players in world rugby, we therefore find Sébastien Chabal, alias “Caveman”, passed by Bourgoin-Jallieu, Sale, Racing 92 and Lyon. “He is a player who was obvious, but his appearance and son see will make half of its reputation, ”explains the Ruck site. “He was a talented athlete who occasionally made big tackles, but when the pressure came he always seemed to stray from the physical side of the game. »
In second place in this ranking, Internet users voted for the Welsh international winger or center George North (30 years; 102 selections). “He had a few good years between 2011 and 2013, then he died,” say the British followers. ” He is the most overrated player of his generation. When was the last time he had a good game, except against Italy? “, they ask themselves.
“Sergio Parisse is a show pony and not a draft horse”
Finally, at the top of the most overrated rugby players of all time, is the most French of Italian players, the legend Sergio Parisse (38 years old; 142 selections), who has been playing for three in Toulon, after having made the happiness of Stade Français from 2005 to 2019. “This choice will be controversial. Of course, Sergio Parisse has fantastic qualities, but it’s a competition pony and not a draft horse and people often ignore it. He looks fantastic for Italy, but that’s because he’s allowed to do all the flashy stuff except he’s mediocre in other areas. , before continuing:
“I think Parisse got a lot of credit just because he is a leader and a quality player in a mediocre Italian team. It has never been ranked by perhaps as close to world class. Never has a cliché ever corresponded so much to a more overrated show pony player than Sergio Parisse”.
Scot voted most underrated player of all time
In the same vein, the site community Ruck.co also spoke out on the world rugby’s most underrated players, which are not revealed at their fair value. The leader of this ranking is none other than the Scottish international third line, Hamish Watson (30; 50 caps), who recently achieved the feat of making 322 consecutive tackles at international level.
The Edinburgh player is followed by the Argentinian hooker Augustin Creevy (37 years old; 88 caps), who is in second position, while the former English second line Simon Shaw (48 years old; 71 selections) completes this podium of the most underrated players of all time.
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