There’s no doubting that Pool A is the toughest group at this year’s World Cup, and this composite XV shows the quality of players involved…

15.Israel Folau

Arguably the best full back in the world right now, Folau has the opportunity to really light up the Rugby World Cup if he can show his best form.

14.Anthony Watson

One of the rising stars of the English game, there’s no doubting that Watson is looking like a real star for Stuart Lancaster’s side.

13.Nemani Nadolo

The giant Fijian has been sublime in recent seasons and is absolutely key to everything Fiji do well right now.

12.Jamie Roberts

The Welsh centre is a defensive lynchpin, but can be so much more when he is allowed to play to his natural strengths instead of being used as a battering ram.

11.George North

Concussion issues have blighted North of late, but when playing regularly he is without doubt one of the best wingers in the world right now.


10.George Ford

Ford still has some issues to iron out, however the more time he gets playing international rugby, the better he will get.

9.Will Genia

After a disappointing couple of seasons, Genia now looks to be finding his best form once again, just in time for Michael Cheika’s side.

8.Ben Morgan

Another player taking their time to come back from injury, but when fully fit Morgan is a fantastic asset to any side.

7.David Pocock

Arguably the best openside in the world right now, Pocock has been absolutely superb since coming back from injury this year.

6.Sam Warburton

Hard to ignore Warburton from the team, and he has proven capable of playing blindside on multiple occasions.


5.Courtney Lawes

England’s key man in the second row who can lead a line out and organise a defence whilst putting in those trademark big hits.

4.Alun Wyn Jones

One of the most important Welsh players at this year’s World Cup, Jones embodies everything Warren Gatland’s side is about.

3.Sekope Kepu

It seems weird having two Wallabies in the front row, but the upturn in form of Kepu has been nothing short of sublime recently.

2.Stephen Moore

The Wallabies captain’s return from injury has been a huge boost to Michael Cheika’s side and it’s easy to see why.

1.Joe Marler

Marler has been England’s one constant in the front row in recent years and is one of the best looseheads around when on form.