We take a look at thirteen players who are currently playing themselves into contention for a place in their sides World Cup squads…

13. Rory Arnold

Australia, Lock

Arnold has been identified as a player who could help to solve a persistent problem that the Wallabies have had in the second row.

12. Josh Navidi

Back Row, Wales

Navidi is believed to be on Warren Gatland’s radar, although he has stiff competition ahead of him for this World Cup.

11. David Smith

Wing, France/Samoa

Both France and Samoa are believed to be vying for the attention of Toulon’s winger David Smith for this years World Cup.

10. Ash Dixon

Hooker, New Zealand

Given the lack of squad depth at hooker, Dixon could be the ideal man to back-up Dane Coles at the World Cup.


9. Pato Fernandez

Fly Half, Argentina

Los Pumas are reasonable well stocked at 10, however such as been the form of Pato Fernandez recently he could be included in the wider squad.

8. Henry Slade

Centre, England

England are still struggling to identify who should start at inside centre for the World Cup, and Slade could be just the man to fill the hole.

7. Josh van der Flier

Back row, Ireland

Ireland are well stocked in the back row, however van der Flier offers something a little bit different in the 7 shirt, so could be in with a shout.

6. Hallam Amos

Wing, Wales

Wales’ current wingers have hardly solidified their starting shirts of late, so Amos could be a consideration for the World Cup.

5. AJ McGinty

Fly Half, America

Rumours are that McGinty is currently the best American 10 around meaning he could be drafted into the Eagles side this year.


4. Cheslin Kolbe

Full Back, South Africa

It’s unlikely Kolbe will break into the Springboks starting XV, however he could be a handy squad member and impact sub.

3. James Lowe

Wing, New Zealand

The All Blacks are hardly desperate for more wingers, however an injury or two and we could see Lowe propelled into the squad.

2. Adam Coleman

Lock, Australia

Another potential Wallabies lock who could be playing himself into contention given the lack of depth they currently have in the second row.

1. Christian Wade

Wing, England

Questions may still remain over his defence, however Wade is probably the best finisher in England right now and can’t be ignored much longer.

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