Is Cheslin Kolbe the best rugby player in the world?

Explosive Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe put in another match-winning performance for the French club Toulouse at the weekend.

He scored two tries as they defeated the Irish team Ulster by 36 points to 8.

SA Rugby magazine said on current form Kolbe is the best rugby player in the world.

In a season disrupted and shortened by Covid-19, Matt Lewis of SA Rugby wrote that Kolbe had every chance of being named World Rugby Player of the Year.

A British newspaper The Times also ranked him among the best players in the world.

The last South Africans saw of Kolbe was when he ran rings around the English backline to score the final try at the World Cup final in Japan last year.

He has been on fire these last few weeks, earning accolades from far and wide for his performances.

Though he is quite small at 1,7 metres he is proving to be virtually unstoppable.

A modest man, Kolbe said after the match: “Scoring tries is always great, it is the cherry on top of the cake, but I must give credit to my teammates. Without them, wingers are nothing.” 

Kolbe comes from a sporting family.

His cousin is Wayde van Niekerk, the current Olympic 400 meters running champion.

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