We take a look at the top performers throughout the 2015 Rugby Championship, and select a team based on the stand out players…

15.Israel Folau

The Wallabies full back was simply sublime during the tournament, claiming seemingly every high ball that came his way, whilst also making good yardage ball in hand.

14.Charles Piutau

Perhaps one of the surprise inclusions in the team, but Piutau took his chance with both hands during the Rugby Championship and should start at the World Cup.

13.Jessie Kriel

The Springboks centre finished the tournament out on the wing to accommodate the return of Jean de Villiers, but there’s no doubting the impact he had when played in position.

12.Matt Giteau

There were a lack of stand out option at 12, however Giteau slotted back into international action like he’d never been away, although special mention must go to Matt Toomua.

11.Adam Ashley-Cooper

Mr Consistant did it once again as he provided a key outlet for the Wallabies and dotted down on multiple occasions to help his side to three victories out of three.


10.Lima Sopoaga

Again, there were very few stand out candidates for the number 10 shirt with consistency being a key issue, however in his one game Sopoaga played a key role for the All Blacks.

9.Tomas Cubelli

The Argentinian scrum half was in fine form during the Rugby Championship, and had a huge part to play in his sides victory over South Africa in the final game of the tournament.

8.Leonardo Senatore

The Los Pumas number 8 has a massive game for his side as they defeated the Springboks in South Africa, and has a huge role to play at the World Cup.

7.Michael Hooper

The seven shirt was a toss up between Hooper and Pocock, however having started all three games and put in a MotM performance against the All Blacks, Hooper narrowly edges it.

6.Schalk Burger

Played out of position at the back of the scrum in the absence of Duane Vermeulen, Burger was one of his sides few stand out players in a tournament they will be hoping to forget.


5.Eben Etzebeth

The Springboks lock stood up in the absence of a number of key forwards and ensured his presence was felt once more all over the pitch.

4.Dean Mumm

Despite concerns from many Wallabies fans before the tournament started, Mumm more than justified his return to the side with some impressive performances.

3.Sekope Kepu

We’re not too sure what’s gone on, but it seems Australia have suddenly started taking the scrum more seriously, and it has really shown in the performances of Kepu.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Argentina hooker could justifiably claim the title of player of the tournament after a series of stand out performances saw him emerge as a key figure for Los Pumas.

1.Marcos Ayerza

The Los Pumas loosehead ensured his side got on the front foot during scrums and gave a fantastic platform for their improving backs to play off.