After week one of the 2015 Rugby Championship, we take a look at the players who stood out from the rest in their position…

15.Israel Folau

Folau played to his strengths in week one, taking the high balls well, committing defenders and providing support runs at every opportunity.

14.Waisake Naholo

Naholo’s injury will be a blow to the All Blacks after he demonstrated his talents during the first 50 minutes of his test career which included a well taken try.

13.Jesse Kriel

In Kriel, the Springboks have an exciting outside centre who could form an impressive midfield partnership both during and post-World Cup.

12.Ma’a Nonu

Nonu may have played at 13, but 12 is were he really belongs. If he can carry his form from this weekend into the World Cup, then the opposition are in for a tough time.

11.Bryan Habana

In a week where very few wingers stood-out, Habana performed well and did what was required, especially when it came to the defensive duties.


10.Dan Carter

Carter silenced any doubters with a solid performance for the All Blacks that will ensure he remains first choice at the World Cup if fit.

9.Nick Phipps

Despite only coming on in the second half, Phipps proved to be one of the key men who helped turn the tide for the Wallabies, setting up two tries in the process.

8.Kieran Read

Read may not be quite back to the form he showed in 2013, but he still remains one of the stand-out players in world rugby as he once again demonstrated.

7.Richie McCaw

The All Blacks captain opened his sides scoring against Los Pumas, and proved his competitive spirit once again throughout the game.

6.Marcell Coetzee

The Springboks flanker proved once again to be a key member of their back row, showing a willingness to get involved at every opportunity.


5.Luke Romano

The All Blacks pack stood up well to the vaunted Argentinian forwards at scrum time and was also involved regularly around the park.

4.Eben Etzebeth

Etzebeth continues to remain a freak of nature and a key part of the South African pack, scoring a try in the process.

3.Jannie du Plessis

Tighthead Jannie du Plessis had one of his best games in a Springbok shirt for some time now, and held up well in the scrum.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Argentine captain was at the forefront of everything his side did well, scoring two tries, and leading from the front at every opportunity.

1.Tony Woodcock

The All Black test centurion proved he is still a top scrummager after ensuring his side got on top of a powerful Argentinian scrum.