The Rugby World Cup Pool Stage XV

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We take a look at the stand-out players from the pool stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and select our best XV…

15.Ayumu Goromaru

The Japanese full back has been one of the stars of the tournament as he helped his side to three wins in a tough pool where he played a blinder and kept the scoreboard ticking with his boot.

14.DTH van der Merwe

The Canadian flyer was everywhere for his side and made a huge impact on the tournament with several tries that are likely to be included on highlights reels for years to come.

13.Keith Earls

With no outside centre really standing out thus far, Earls has been the best of the bunch so far putting in several solid performances in the Irish midfield with Payne out injured.

12.Matt Giteau

Michael Cheika has been fully justified in his decision to recall some of the Wallabies exiled stars after Matt Giteau put in a series of top class performances as they topped their pool.

11.Nehe Milner-Skudder

The breakout star of Super Rugby this season has taken to international rugby superbly and is currently looking like one of the All Blacks best players as we head into the quarter finals.

10.Dan Biggar

The Welsh 10 has ensured the loss of Leigh Halfpenny hasn’t been too keenly felt thanks to his metronomic boot which helped Wales claim a famous victory over England at Twickenham.

9.Greig Laidlaw

Laidlaw often comes in for criticism from some quarters, however he has been one of Scotland’s stand out players so far, and his leadership has made a big difference on several occasions.

8.Louis Picamoles

The French number 8 is currently in the form of his life with seemingly nobody able to stop him right now. Even Martin Castrogiovanni was bounced off by the giant Frenchman.

7.David Pocock

Although he has been wearing the Wallabies number 8 shirt of late, Pocock is still an out-and-out openside who is quite possibly the very best in the world right now.

6.Mamuka Gorgodze

The Georgian back rower is his country’s talisman, and even managed to claim the man of the match award when his side faced the All Blacks in Cardiff.

5.Jamie Cudmore

French fans will already have been well acquainted with Cudmore’s no nonsense style in the Top14, however he has really made his mark on the world stage now.

4.Leone Nakarawa

With more offloads and turnovers than any other player in the tournament so far, Nakarawa is transferring his form for Glasgow onto the world stage for Fiji.

3.Davit Zirakashvili

The scrum has always been a source of pride for the Georgians, and Zirakashvili epitomises this after several performances that saw him match some of the best in the world.

2.Rory Best

The Ireland hooker looks set to be even more pivotal to Joe Schmidt’s side’s chances in the knock-out rounds now several of the sides leaders have been ruled out with injuries.

1.Scott Sio

The turnaround in the Wallabies scrum has been nothing short of sensational, and Sio has been a vital part of that, helping to get them on the front foot in key games.

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