Super Rugby: Top 5 Open-Side Flankers in Super Rugby History

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Super Rugby: Top 5 Open-Side Flankers in Super Rugby History
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Super Rugby history has been littered with great open-side flankers. Since the inception of the competition in 1996, every season has seen multiple No. 7s being rated amongst the top players in the competition.

The role of an open-side flanker can change depending on the makeup of the team he is playing for, and also by looking at his playing preferences. In general though, these men come in two moulds. 

The first of these is the "scavenger" or "fetcher" type player, who constantly tries make a mess of the opposition's ball and look to steal what ball they can. 

The other approach is to look for a ball runner, someone who is a good link man in the back line and plays almost like an eighth back. 

While the top No. 7s of the modern era have begun to develop traits of both types, generally they will fall into one or the other. Neither is necessarily better than the other, it just depends on the strengths of the player and the needs of the team. 

This list looks at five of the very best of these men in the history of Super Rugby. As with every article in this series, certain rules do apply. These are that a player can only be judged based on Super Rugby form, while each player is only eligible for selection in one position.

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