This years Rugby World Cup will see the world’s best players coming together, but who is the stand-out player in each team, we find out below…

Pool A


Israel Folau

The cross-code full back is one of the very best players in the world, and will be integral to the Wallabies hopes of making it out of the pool of death.


Dan Cole

In Cole, England have one of the very best tightheads in the world. If he can help them gain the upper hand at the set pieces, his impact could be huge.


Samson Lee

Wales will be desperate to get Lee fit in time for the World Cup as without him they seriously lack top class options at tighthead.


Nemani Nadolo

Nadolo is the stand out player in the Fijian team and will head into the World Cup off the back of another fine season in Super Rugby.


Santiago Vilaseca

Uruguayan hopes at the World Cup will be fairly limited, however, there will be some hope that captain Vilaseca can help his side make an impact on the tournament.


Pool B

South Africa

Willie le Roux

We all know the Springboks have a solid pack, however in le Roux, they have a back who can create something out of nothing, whilst also putting his team mates into space.


Kahn Fotuali’i

The Samoan scrum half is one of his sides most experienced players, and he will be key to dictating Samoa’s tempo and ability to play in the right areas of the pitch.


Fumiaki Tanaka

The Japanese scrum half is one of his sides few players with experience in a club competition outside of Japan’s domestic tournaments, making his experience essential.


Stuart Hogg

The Scottish full back is his sides most well rounded player, capable of running the ball, kicking, tackling and making decisions from the back.


Samu Manoa

The USA have several high profile players in their side, but in Samu Manoa they have a genuinely world class talent who could make a big difference.

Pool C

New Zealand

Aaron Smith

The All Blacks scrum half is quite possible the very best player in the world right now, and will be a key component of his sides World Cup defence.


Augustin Creevy

Los Pumas hooker Augustin Creevy has been his sides stand out player over the last 12 months and his leadership will be of vital importance to his side.


Steve Mafi

As one of his sides most experienced players on the club stage, Tonga will be hoping Mafi’s experience can help guide some of his team mates on at the World Cup.


Mamuka Gorgodze

The giant Georgian back rower will bring a wealth of Top 14 experience to the World Cup, and will take the key leadership role for his side.


Jacques Burger

Burger’s not just Namibia’s best player, but he will play with total disregard for his own well being, and could help keep Namibia involved in some tight games.


Pool D


Thierry Dusautoir

France never look to be the same side without captain Dusautoir who helps bring leadership and clarity to a side desperately in need of his presence.


Johnny Sexton

Ireland’s entire game plan hinges on Sexton remaining fit so he can execute Joe Schmidt’s perfectly crafted tactics throughout the tournament.


Sergio Parisse

The Italian captain has been one of the most consistent players in world rugby over the last 10 years, and is the heartbeat of the Azzurri.


D.T.H van der Merwe

The Canadian winger has been one of the stand out players in the Pro12 in recent years, and will play a vital role for Canada at the World Cup.


Ion Paulică

Romanian tighthead Paulică is one of his sides most experienced players, and will form a vital part of his sides scrum which will play a key role in their World Cup hopes.