Continuing on from our last blog, World’s Top 5 Women Rugby Players we have now put the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players for you to look over with help from Rugby Onslaught.

There’s going to be some debate over this one, not everyone is going to agree with this, some big names left out.

A team of the best analysts, codebreakers and pundits were chosen to pick the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players in the world in 2020.

The list comprises of the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players in the calendar year of 2020, using code and analytics to work out how, on form, deserves to be in the list.

As from records, here are the World’s Top 5 Rugby Players.  Irish Rugby Tours asks, do you agree?

1. Cheslin Kolbe

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Nothing but class from the Springbok flyer in 2020.  Despite playing no games for the Springboks in 2020, he still had more than enough flashy moments for his domestic club, Toulouse.

One of the memorable moments of 2020 was when he sidestepped Jacob Stockdale in two consecutive games in the Champions Cup.


2. Antoine Dupont

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Rugby Onslaught spent hours debating whether this Frenchman should have been Number 1 in this pick.  He has been nothing short of sensational for the men in blue this year.

Dupont has helped France to their strongest campaign in almost a decade, and he helped Toulouse as they dominated their domestic league.

3. Jonny May

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By far the most impressive winger in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup in 2020. His relentless work ethic during lockdown has helped this winger to somehow excel even more.

Although he hasn’t dominated for Gloucester, but his incredible solo try has led him that spot at number 3 in this list

4. Mario Itoje

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The Saracens lock is not everyone’s cup of tea in rugby. However, his non-stop work rate in matches and refusal to leave the opposition alone has made him unstoppable for England.

Mario is without a doubt the first name on the sheet for the Lions against South Africa in 2021.

5. Owen Farrell

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The 29-year-old has captained England to a Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup title in 2020. His kicking was poor in the final game against France, however, most fans would admit you would die to have someone of Farrell’s calibre in their team.

Almost certain to captain the Lions in 2021.  Best players in the world, Farrell is right up there.



Rugby might be a power sport, but women’s rugby is proof that the female players are no less than their male counterparts. Their participation in this sport can rightly be called a step in the right direction of gender equality. It’s proof that women are not lagging behind in strength, stamina or passion.

Is rugby the right game for women?  These awesome women who are all mentioned prove all of those stereotypes wrong.

As from records, here are the world’s top five female rugby players.  Irish Rugby Tours asks, do you agree?

1. Emily Scarratt

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Scarratt earned comparisons to Brian O’Driscoll when she first burst on the Test scene as an 18-year-old in 2008, scoring 12 tries in as many games. Ever since, she has ruthlessly stamped her own brand on the women’s game.

Crowned as the world’s best player in 2019, her career has been peppered with individual moments of class which showcase her versatility at outside centre and the last 12 months have been no exception.

2. Poppy Cleall

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The Saracens forward is one of England’s most resourceful players, having moved into her fourth position for her country in 2020.  Having scored a hat-trick in England’s 66-7 drubbing of Wales in last year’s Six Nations, she lined up at number eight for the Red Roses’ return autumn friendly against France.  Poppy has already played prop, lock and flanker for her country.

Her versatility has earned the plaudits of England head coach Simon Middleton, who has hailed Cleall as the “most knowledgeable” player in his squad and has also backed the 28-year-old to be one of the best athletes at the 2021 World Cup.

3. Portia Woodman

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Widely regarded as one of the most destructive wingers in both sevens and XVs formats in the women’s game.  Woodman was named World Rugby’s sevens player of the decade and also won 15s try of the decade for her explosive run in the 2017 World Cup final against England.

The Black Ferns star turns 30 this year but has shown no signs of slowing down in 2020.  Portia set a record of six tries in one match during New Zealand’s Falmer Cup in October.

Her biggest challenge will be to win gold at the postponed Tokyo Olympics, the one medal which still eludes her.

4. Lark Davies

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Not many hookers are found near the top of the try-scoring table.  Lark has just done that in the Premier 15s, England’s women’s premiership.  Her scoring record is nine tries in as many matches for Loughborough Lightning this season.  Her international breakthrough came for the U20 side, for which she made eight appearances.

Lark made her first international start against Italy in the 2018 Women’s Six Nations, her 10th cap overall. She then scored twice in England’s 27-19 win over Canada at Doncaster’s Castle Park in 2018. In 2019 she featured in every game of the Women’s Six Nations, and scored two tries, as the Red Roses won the Grand Slam.

5. Rachel Malcolm

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​Rachel Malcolm made her Scotland Women debut as a replacement in the first Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifier against Spain at Scotstoun Stadium in November 2016.  She started in the Women’s Six Nations opener against Ireland at Broadwood Stadium in 2017, but sustained and injury that sidelined her for the rest of the campaign.

She took up rugby in 2015 and is currently the captain of Tyrells Premier XVs side Loughborough Lightning.  Rachel has just completed her PhD in environmental physiology and has a sports and exercise science bachelor’s degree and a masters degree in exercise physiology.  She is currently a Lecturer in Applied Sport Science at Nottingham Trent University.

Rugby might be a power sport, but women’s rugby is proof that the female players are no less than their male counterparts. Their participation in this sport can rightly be called a step in the right direction of gender equality. It’s proof that women are not lagging behind in strength, stamina or passion.

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Paris is well known for its food, fashion, beautiful architecture, history… and high prices!

Since the city is the most visited in the world, doing activities might seem out of budget, but the truth is that it is very easy to enjoy your experience 100% on a very low budget.  So here is a list of ten activities under ten euros in Paris.

Have A Drink While Playing Games At Café Oya

A great place if you want to chill with some friends!  Have a drink and play games in a heartwarming environment in the 13th Arrondissement in Paris. This relaxing moment is only €6 for a drink and as much games as you want and located at 25 Rue de la Reine Blanche, 75013 Paris.


Visit Art Galleries

Art Galleries are free in Paris!  You can find them everywhere in the streets.  Also, most of the Museums are free if you live in the EU and are under 25 years old.  A great opportunity to see the Mona Lisa during your trip!

Watching An Improvisation Battle

For those who like theatre, this for you.  Improvisation battles are very common in Paris.  The public decide of the situations the actors are going to be in, and decide the winner.  A great moment to share full of emotions and laughter.  Cost varies between €0 and €10 depending on the actors and the theatre it’s in.

Find tickets to different events here

Have A Picnic At Champs de Mars

A must do while you are in Paris!  Go to a boulangerie, buy yourself a baguette, some coffee and enjoy the Eiffel Tower while eating local food.  The Champs de Mars, boarding at the foot of the Iron Lady has a great and romantic atmosphere

Visit Montmartre & Buy A Souvenir

Montmartre is full of charms.  It’s a large hill in North Paris, have a walk in the stunning cobbled streets and climb to the amazing Basilica to have a breathtaking view of Paris.

You can also watch artists paint and buy yourself a souvenir in the souvenir shops.

Rent A Bike And Ride Through The City

Paris has very nice bikes itinerary, especially along the Seine.  Rent a bike from “Velib” for €1.70/h or an electric scooter from “lime” for 15 cents/min and have a ride in the beautiful streets of Paris.  These are very easy to find and park so you don’t have to care about it once you are done with your ride!

Panoramic View From The Roof Of The Arc De Triumph

The heart of Paris, the Arc de Triumph.  Built between 1806 and 1836, this Arc have been ordered by the emperor Napoleon Ist; since then, it reminds the French people the victories of the French army.  You can access the top for €13, but if you are under 25 years old it’s €10.  At the top you can see a 360° view of Paris and feel like the city is yours.

You can purchase your tickets here

Delicious French Food At The Bouillon Pigalle

Bouillon Pigalle

For traditional french food, this is the place to be!  The food is cheap, you can have a full course for €10, it’s the occasion to taste the famous snails or just have a great steak in a fun ambiance with cordial waiters.  It is located in the heart of Pigalle at 22 Boulevard de Clichy, 75018 Paris, very lively spot in Paris.

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Have a drink and watch a movie on the roof of the Moulin Rouge

Located in Pigalle, the Bar a Bulle is a gold nugget.  On the roof of the Moulin Rouge, you can have a drink with your friends in an atypic environment, and when the sun goes down, watch a movie for free (as long as you order a drink) outdoors.  You will find the bar at  4 Bis Cité Véron, 75018 Paris.

Walk In Paris

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You don’t need to plan activities to be amazed by the beauty of the City of Lights.  Paris is well known for its beautiful architectures and streets.  It feels like a postal card where ever you are.  Cross the Pont des Arts, sit in front of Notre Dame, take photos at the Trocadero, wander in the Marais, Paris never disappoints!

Thank you for reading the article!  Here is a link to a very helpful video that tells you what you need to know before you visit Paris.

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Everyone is looking for tips on working from home, can it be made easier? Working from home, online, remotely, or however else you would like to call it has become the new normal. Due to the ongoing open and shut of countries this seems to be how things are for now. It is predicted by 2027 that the majority of the US population will be working from home as well as most of the world really. Remote working and learning seems to be the way of the future for most.

Most will remember the old office work lifestyle, get formally dressed (which means no comfy clothes!), find your way to work in busy morning traffic, work in a room with OTHER people with no social distancing (weird right?), and have some sort of a social life. For now all this now seems like a distant memory we will never get back. The morning rush, bumper to bumper traffic jams and car horns blaring is one thing that won’t be missed, for those who do miss it here’s a small reminder

For those who are now working online, no longer encounter most of these situations. There’s no need to get dressed into any sort of formal clothing or commute to work. It’s now more slide out of bed with messy hair, get a cup of coffee, and sitting in front of a computer working away. It can be difficult for online workers to move from working at the office to working alone at home. This is all relatively new to most and knowing the best practices can be hard. From time to time it can be difficult to know how you should act when working from home.

Personally, I found working from home can be a real challenge for the first few days. Trying to figure out the best place to sit and the easiest ways to do things. I spent time researching online on how to work more efficiently. I found that where you sit and how you work all changes from room to room as well as how you schedule yourself throughout the day. The biggest thing I have discovered is that breaks are important and will keep from slacking.

To make things easier I have come up with a few tips on working from home to make it more enjoyable:

Experiment With How and Where You Work

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Working from home, you have a lot of flexibility over how you work. A normal office worker would have to work at a certain desk, wear certain clothes and act a certain way. You now have more freedom over your choices in where you work, how you work, what you wear, and most aspects of the job really.

One of the first things you should do is to try out different work set-ups and see what works best for you. What room suits you most? What distractions do you need to avoid? Office workers have a specific set of standards they must meet and a certain schedule to keep up with.

As for working from home, you have the ability to choose how your schedule is set up and how you do things. It is easy to assume that working remotely means you sit at a desk all day and not move until your work is completed. This is not true at all! You’ll likely get tired or bored of your work, and may even burn out entirely. Make sure to get up and move around as much as possible. Take a few minutes and walk around to increase your step count! Go outside!

The best practices I have found are to keep to a good schedule. Wake up like any working day, shower, get dressed and make your bed! Making your bed has been proven to put your mind at ease and gets you ready for the day. Doing just these simple tasks will get yourself into a productive working mindset.

Decide on Breaks and Clear Working Hours

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Even though you’re not working from an office, you should still set up some office hours. Deciding on what times you will be working and when you finish for the day. Plan a break halfway through your day and take that time to relax, eat lunch outside or maybe even wash your car yourself instead of using an awful petrol station car wash! (Scratch n’ Shine as their called). It is important to still take a break even though it may feel like you don’t deserve one. Even if the sofa is your new office chair…

Like anyone, you will eventually burn out if you work nine hours straight, just like you would at the office (or anywhere really!!). When finished, make sure you’re done for the day, try not to complete anymore work tasks, just relax. If you set office hours, it is easier for you to go from working to relaxing after a long day. When you leave the office you don’t bring the office home with you, do you? So why do the same now? Bringing work home can cause unnecessary stress and you don’t want to end up like this guy….

Another tip on working from home would be you should share your work hours with your family. They may feel as if you’re always available to them. Make sure they know that you’re at work during certain times of the day and maybe even give them a timetable of when you will be working if needed. This should hopefully (although probably not) reduce family members calling you up to do something when you’re supposed to be working. You’ll get to avoid having to do the dirty dishes or going to the shop as you’re working!

Check In With Your Co-Workers

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Working alone can be hard for everyone. You should always check in with your workmates and see how they are doing, just asking how someone’s day is going can really help! Letting your team and your boss know what you’re working on as much as possible is important. Send daily updates, so the boss knows what tasks you’re working on throughout the day. This will make it easier for them to know who is working on what each day. It also makes it easier for your co-workers to know who to talk to if they need help. Leave out the fact you might have done that full mornings work in bed half asleep! Turns out working from bed is actually a good thing, but the boss doesn’t need to know that part…

You should also try to be as responsive as possible when someone sends you a message or an update. If you expect fast replies you must give them back! If you’re working on something important and need to some time to focus, just let them know you will get back to them! Otherwise, always be there to help because then you can always ask for help yourself. Working as a team has never been more important than now, and we all need help at some point…