We’ve selected a 31 man squad comprised of every nation competing at the Rugby World Cup with a focus on balance and quality…
The Wallabies hooker is his sides captain and brings a wealth of experience and quality to the front row.
Coles has been the All Blacks stand out hooker for some time now and makes the squad on merit.
The Argentine captain has been phenomenal over the last 18 months for his side and seems to get better with age.
Healy is probably the stand out loosehead in the Northern Hemisphere and offers a huge ball carrying option.
The Los Pumas loosehead is arguably the best scrummager in the world right now and will help dominate the set piece.
England’s tighthead is one of the best scrummagers in the world right now, and is also pretty handy around the park.
The Wallabies prop has become a key member of his sides much improved scrum.
The Welsh prop has been the cornerstone of his sides scrum over the last 12 months and will be key to their World Cup hopes.
Lawes has become one of the most complete locks in the world, capable of running the line out whilst still doing the grunt work.
The All Blacks lock is currently the World Rugby player of the year…enough said.
It’s hard to believe Etzebeth is still so young such has been his impact on the international rugby stage.
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The Welshman is a natural born leader who continues to improve with age.
Quite possibly the greatest player of his generation, McCaw has it all.
Hooper offers something slightly differnt to McCaw in his ability to drop into backline moves and carry the ball with pace.
The giant American can cover the back row and second row making him ideal in a limited squad.
O’Brien can cover all three back row positions and is a dominant ball carrier whilst also being a menace at the breakdown.
Quite simply the best number 8 in the world by some margin right now, Vermeulen is a key figure for the Boks.
Smith is the standout player in his position right now, and arguably the best player in the world based on current form.
The Irishman is as vital to his sides World Cup hopes as compatriot Johnny Sexton.
One of the more controversial selections, but he can cover nine and ten whilst bringing bags of experience with him.
Irish fly half Sexton is the finest player in his position right now, and capable of dictating a game.
Carter’s form is a bit hit and miss right now, but there’s no doubting his quality.
Nonu has developed into one of the most well rounded centre’s around and can cover both 12 and 13.
The ultimate utility player, capable of covering most of the backline, and doing a decent job of it.
The England man was sublime in the Six Nations and can cover the wing if necessary.
One of the less flexible members of the backline, despite this his quality cannot be ignored.
Another utility player who brings bags of experience to the squad and an eye for the try line.
The giant Welshman has an eye for the tryline, and can drop into the centres if necessary.
Savea is the standout winger in the world right now, and deserves a spot come what may.
Can cover wing, centre and fullback and does all well.
A genuine game changer at the back who is absolutely solid under the high ball.