We select a World XV that includes only one player from each of the top 15 rugby nations in 2015. This is harder than you might expect…

15.Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

The Scottish full back is probably his sides truly stand-out player and could be a contender to start for the Lions in 2017.

14.Sinoti Sinoti (Samoa)

Although not a regular for Samoa in recent years, Sinoti Sinoti’s performances for Newcastle this season could see him feature heavily at the World Cup.

13.Wesley Fofana (France)

Despite being off-form of late for France, Fofana still remains one of the Northern Hemispheres truly stand-out talents.

12.Matt Giteau (Australia)

In the absence of Jonny Wilkinson, Giteau has really stepped up for Toulon and has earned himself a Wallabies re-call.

11.Julian Savea (New Zealand)

Savea is without doubt the stand-out winger in the world right now, and will be a key player for the All Blacks at the World Cup.


10.Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

Sexton is such a pivotal figure for Ireland under Joe Schmidt that they look an entirely different side when he isn’t pulling the strings.

9.Fumiaki Tanaka (Japan)

Tanaka may play second fiddle to Aaron Smith at the Highlanders, but there’s no doubting his importance to Japan.

8.Sergio Parisse (Italy)

Parisse is the driving force behind the Italian side as they look an entirely different team when he has been absent.

7.Sam Waburton (Wales)

The Wales and Lions captain continues to be a pivotal figure, and his leadership qualities cannot be ignored.

6.Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia)

The Georgian flanker is one of the truly stand-out players in an impressive pack, and is also a key figure for Toulon.


5.Leone Nakarawa (Fiji)

The Glasgow lock has had an incredible season in the Pro12 and will be hoping to carry this form onto the international stage.

4.Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

Etzebeth has proven to be the perfect heir to Bakkies Botha in the Springboks second row and will be key at the World Cup.

3.Dan Cole (England)

Cole remains one of England’s stand-out players and will feature prominently for England during the World Cup.

2.Agustin Creevy (Argentina)

The Argentine captain was a key figure during the Rugby Championship campaign last year and will be hoping to continue his good form.

1.Soane Toga’uiha (Tonga)

Maybe not quite the player he was when he left Northampton, Tonga’uiha is still a destructive scrummager and huge ball carrier.

Who would make your team?