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Volavola makes top 20 hottest rugby player's list

November 14, 2019 2:16 pm

Flying Fijians flyhalf Ben Volavola is one of the top 20 players according to a UK poll.

Volavola who is dating actress Shailene Woodley is ranked 18th according to the poll.

But a New Zealander has topped the “hottest” looking rugby player list from the World Cup and he’s not from the usual suspects in the All Blacks ranks.

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Forget Sonny Bill Williams or Beauden Barrett, Italy’s versatile Kiwi Jayden Hayward took the gong in a public vote organised by British outfit liverugbytickets.co.uk.

The 32-year-old Hawera-born Hayward edged England star George Ford for the top honour.

An All Black had to settle for another bronze medal with hooker Codie Taylor voted No 3 from the tournament in Japan.

Given the poll was organised in the UK, there were four English players on the list with skipper Owen Farrell at No 6, Manu Tuilagi at No 13 and Anthony Watson at No 17.

The bearded and heavily tattooed Hayward was joined by his Italian team-mate Dean Budd, another New Zealand import, who ranked No 9.

Hayward, who can play at first-five, centre or fullback, started out at Taranaki and had Super Rugby experience with the Highlanders, Hurricanes and Western Force before joining Italian club Benetton in 2014.

Budd, a 31-year-old lock, also plays for Benetton where he shifted after playing for Auckland, Northland and the Blues.

World Cup winners South Africa were represented by midfield back Damian De Allenede at No 4.

While Taylor was the lone All Black, England, Italy, Canada, Scotland, Georgia and France all had multiple players in the top 20 of “hotties”.

The 20 “hottest” rugby players according to UK poll:

1. Jayden Hayward (Italy), 2. George Ford (England), 3. Codie Taylor (New Zealand), 4. Damian De Allende (South Africa), 5. Pierre-Louise Barassi (France), 6. Owen Farrell (England), 7. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 8. Chris Harris (Scotland), 9. Dean Budd (Italy), 10. Giorgi Kveseladze (Georgia), 11. Jeff Hasler (Canada), 12. Amanaki Mafi (Japan), 13. Manu Tuilagi (England), 14. Maxime Machenaud (France), 15. Allan Dell (Scotland), 16. Andres Vilaseca (Uruguay), 17. Anthony Watson (England), 18. Ben Volavola (Fiji), 19. Cam Dolan (Canada), 20. Davit Kacharava (Georgia).

 

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