The World Cup ‘One’s To Watch’ XV


We take a look at the 15 players who could cement their international futures at the up coming Rugby World Cup this year…

15.Joaquin Tuculet

The Argentine full back looks set to head into the World Cup as his countries first choice 15, but now has the chance to firmly establish himself in the role. An elusive runner with bags of potential, he could really spark Los Pumas to life.

14.Nehe Milner-Skudder

After a breakout season in Super Rugby, Milner-Skudder looks likely to travel with the All Blacks as a utility back. His ability to cover wing and full back could see him start on the bench where he could come on to devastating effect.

13.Michelle Campagnaro

The Italian centre had a breakthrough Six Nations last year, but was absent this time around with injury. If he can re-find his 2014 form for the World Cup then he could become a key figure for Italy during the World Cup.

12.Damian de Allende

The Stormers centre has been sensational this season, and looks set to battle it out with Jean de Villiers for the number 12 shirt at the World Cup. His ability to beat defenders could be a huge asset to the Springboks back line.

11.Waisake Naholo

Naholo really stepped up for the Highlanders this season and looks set to be rewarded with a place in the All Blacks squad. Despite being one of the older members of this team, he now has the chance to establish himself on the international stage.

10.Handre Pollard

The young Springboks fly half has a fight on his hand to claim the number 10 shirt heading into the World Cup. If he can prove his form during the Rugby Championship he could prove a key part of the Springboks challenge.

9.Tomas Cubelli

The Argentine scrum half has had a super season domestically and will be hoping he can help Los Pumas into the knockout stages of the World Cup. His partnership with Nicholas Sanchez looks very promising.

8.Adam Ashe

The Scotland back rower has shown flashes of his talent but now needs a run in the team to establish himself. A dynamic ball carrier who brings other players into the action, he could provide some spark in the Scottish pack.

7.Siya Kolisi

Although Kolisi is likely to struggle to make the starting XV for the Springboks, if he can get some game time off the bench then there’s every chance he could prove himself to be a valuable memebr of Heyneke Meyer’s squad.

6.Tyler Ardron

The Canadian back rower is heading into the World Cup after a great season for the Ospreys. Although he’s unlikely to make it out of the group stages, he should still get chance to prove his value at the World Cup.

5.Iain Henderson

The Ulsterman could prove to be a key asset for Ireland as a result of his ability to cover both second row and back row. This could see him bench at the very least where he can make an impact later in games.

4.Jonny Gray

Gray looks set to star alongside his brother Richie in the Scotland second row. Already pretty much guaranteed a start for Scotland, he now has the chance to establish himself as a key figure for Scotland over the next 10 years.

3.Samson Lee

Warren Gatland will be praying Lee can get fit and stay that way for the duration of the World Cup. He could well prove to be Wales’ most important player as the cupboards look pretty bare behind him at tighthead.

2.Luke Cowan-Dickie

With Dylan Hartley dropped and Rob Webber out of form, Cowan-Dickie could go into the World Cup as England’s number two hooker. It will be a great opportunity to see if his club form translates onto the international stage.

1.Eddy Ben Arous

The French prop is a huge unit and could make a massive impact at the World Cup alongside the giant Uini Atonio. He may not be an automatic starter, but could play a pivotal role in getting France to the knockout stages.

Who do you think will have the biggest impact on the World Cup?



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