The World Cup’s Missing XV


We take a look at some of the key players who look set to miss out on the 2015 Rugby World Cup…

15.Nick Abendanon

Having opted to make the move to Clermont last summer, Abendanon is now ineligible for international selection.

14.Manuel Montero

The powerful Argentine winger is out with a knee injury and will be a huge loss for Los Pumas.

13.Manu Tuilagi

England’s young centre will miss the World Cup after being dropped having pleaded guilty to an assault charge.

12.Jonathan Davies

Davies leaves a huge hole in the Welsh midfield after picking up a knee injury that has ruled him out of the World Cup.

11.Liam Williams

In another blow to Welsh hopes, it looks like Williams could also miss the World Cup through injury.

10.Aaron Cruden

The All Blacks stand-off picked up an injury in the final month of the Super Rugby competition which has ruled him out.

9.Joe Simpson

The England scrum half is currently a doubt for the World Cup having picked up an injury at the end of the season.

8.Ben Mowen

Having moved to Montpellier this season, Mowen is ineligible for Wallabies selection having not acquired 60 caps to date.

7.Steffon Armitage

Armitage’s decision to remain in France means that he is unavailable for selection due to the exceptional circumstances ruling.

6.Kelly Brown

For some mysterious reason, the Saracens man and former Scotland captain continues to be overlooked.

5.Rodrigo Capo Ortega

The Uruguay captain has mysteriously opted to retire from international rugby right before the World Cup.

4.Flip van der Merwe

The Springboks lock has continued to make himself unavailable for international selection.

3.Adam Jones

Head Coach Warren Gatland continues to overlook Wales legend Adam Jones for international selection.

2.Dylan Hartley

Hartley has been dropped by England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster after a head-butting incident saw him banned.

1.Coenie Oosthuzien

The Springboks prop looks unlikely to make it to the World Cup having had to undergo neck surgery.



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