Would this World XV excluding any All Blacks be able to topple the current world champions?

15.Israel Folau

Was a bit off during the World Cup as injury struggles clearly held him back, but when fully fit is arguably the best fullback in the world.

14.Juan Imhoff

Imhoff has clearly benefitted from a more expansive approach from Los Pumas and is now thriving out wide by making life difficult for the opposition.

13.Tevita Kuridrani

Possibly one of the most underrated players in the world right now, Kuridrani goes about his business quietly and efficiently for the Wallabies.

12.Matt Giteau

Giteau was an absolute revelation for Michael Cheika’s side and proved to be an astute addition to an already impressive Wallabies backline.

11.Bryan Habana

He may have had a relatively quiet World Cup, but he still remains one of the most potent try scoring threats in world rugby.

10.Dan Biggar

Biggar continues to improve as a player and was superb directing the Welsh backline in adversity, whilst his kicking was absolutely flawless.


9.Fourie du Preez

With a number of scrum halves struggling for form at the moment, du Preez remains one of the stand outs in his position as he demonstrated for the Springboks.

8.Louis Picamoles

A close call with Duane Vermeulen, however Picamoles was superb in an uninspired French side that was embarrassed at times during the World Cup.

7.David Pocock

Quite possibly the best player in the world right now, Pocock was the World Cup’s turnover king, but did so much more than that for the Wallabies.

6.Mamuka Gorgodze

The Georgian powerhouse claimed the man of the match crown against the All Blacks themselves after one of many impressive World Cup displays.


5.Samu Manoa

The American lock was a star performer in what was a poor USA side and remains one of the continents only world class players.

4.Eben Etzebeth

An absolute beast, and at only 24, Etzebeth could end up becoming one of the all time greats if he can maintain his current international form.

3.Sekope Kepu

With Kepu anchoring it down, the Wallabies scrum has finally become a potent weapon that is able to rival almost anyone on the international stage.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Argentinian hooker epitomises Los Pumas pack and continues to remain a stand-out performer in an increasingly impressive side.

1.Marcos Ayerza

Other props may offer slightly more around the park, but Ayerza remains the premier scrummaging prop in world rugby.