With the first round of the Rugby World Cup over and done with, we take a look at the stand out players and select out team of week one…

15.Mike Brown

The England full back was his sides stand out player by some margin and was absolutely pivotal to helping his side to a bonus point victory in what was a very tough game against Fiji.

14.Ayumu Goromaru

The Japanese full back was absolutely sublime, scoring a try and kicking his sides points for a famous victory over the most experienced Springboks side ever.

13.Cory Allen

Allen scored a hattrick against Uruguay, and Welsh fans will have been concerned to have seen him going off injured at the Millennium Stadium.

12.Luke Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald proved he is back to his best form against Canada with an impressive display in the Irish midfield, assuring Joe Schmidt he has plenty of options.

11.Tim Nanai-Williams

Samoa’s game against the USA was closer than some had predicted, and the Pacific Islanders had Williams to thank for their sides victory.


10.Johnny Sexton

Sexton once again proved why he is currently the best 10 in the world right now with a dominant display against a spirited Canadian side.

9.Conor Murray

Matching his half back partner on the performance charts, Murray helped keep his sides backline firing and kept the pace of the game up.

8.Louis Picamoles

It could be argued that Picamoles is currently the best eight in the world right now after another impressive performance in his sides World Cup opener which included a huge bounce on Castro.

7.Thierry Dusautoir

Although his impact wasn’t as obvious as Picamoles, Dusautoir had a solid game as captain and helped his side ease to a relatively comfortable victory.

6.Michael Leitch

The Japanese captain was absolutely sublime putting in big tackles and carries all over the pitch to help his side to the biggest upset in rugby history.


5.Brodie Rettalick

Los Pumas ran the All Blacks close for most of the game, however Rettalick was one of the stand out players helping Steve Hansen’s side to an opening round victory.

4.Mamuka Gorgodze

Georgian captain Gorgodze was absolutely monstrous for his side as they claimed victory over Tonga in a game some had predicted they would struggle in.

3.Owen Franks

The All Blacks tighthead didn’t have a spectacular game but he squared up well at the set piece and gave his side a platform to play off against a solid Argentinian scrum.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Los Pumas captain may have been on the losing side, but he put in another fine performance for his and helped keep his team in the game.

1.Eddy Ben Arous

The French loosehead was superb for his side, helping them dominate in the scrum, and proving to be a nuisance in the loose winning turnovers.