Steven Kitshoff’s arrival at Ulster has really grabbed the headlines and the World Cup-winning Springbok is certainly making his mark.
The new Ulster Rugby prop remains at No 1 in the updated URC Top 100 - the ranking system which reflects performances across the Vodacom URC, EPCR competitions, Rugby World Cup and international rugby.
He was top of the pile back in September when the table was last published and he’s held on to that position on the back of his contribution to South Africa retaining the Rugby World Cup and his performances for Ulster.
The former DHL Stormers loosehead is the latest Test star to lead the way in the Top 100, following in the footsteps of fellow Springbok Eben Etzebeth and Leinster Rugby hooker Dan Sheehan.
The top five positions are once again all occupied by forwards, as was the case in September.
Young Benetton flanker Manuel Zuliani is in second spot, with Wales World Cup captain Jac Morgan having shot up from 39th to third.
The ever-consistent Sheehan lies fourth, with prop Ox Nche fifth, closely followed by his Hollywoodbets Sharks pack pal Etzebeth.
Vodacom Bulls winger Canan Moodie is the highest-placed back in seventh, while the leading Scottish performer is new Six Nations co-captain Rory Darge.
The top 20 features seven South Africans, six Irish, three Scots, three Italians and one Welshman in Ospreys flanker Morgan. There are 16 forwards and just four backs.
URC Top 100 Top Ten
1. Steven Kitshoff Ulster
2. Manuel Zuliani Benetton
3. Jac Morgan Ospreys
4. Dan Sheehan Leinster
5. Ox Nche Hollywoodbets Sharks
6. Eben Etzebeth Hollywoodbets Sharks
7. Canan Moodie Vodacom Bulls
8. Gary Ringrose Leinster
9. Finlay Bealham Connacht
10. Jack Conan Leinster
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