Top Ten Players of the Rugby World Cup

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Leone Nakarawa

LCK (2226)

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Gareth Davies

SCR (1775)

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Julian Savea

WNG (1624)

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Sonny Bill Williams

CTR (1560)

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DTH van der Merwe

WNG (1503)

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Sam Whitelock

LCK (1475)

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Kieran Read

NO8 (1471)

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Schalk Burger

NO8 (1442)

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Mike Brown

FUL (1414)

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Keith Earls

WNG (1406)

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generated: 7 Oct 2015 13:23:55 GMT

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Only one round of pool play remains in the Rugby World Cup but who are the standouts so far? We looked to the match statistics from the first three rounds to craft a list of Top Ten Players. Round 3 saw Fiji and Canada play two matches thus giving their players a significant boost on this week’s list. Nevertheless, our Man of the Round Leone Nakarawa had four exceptional performances and stands tall as our best lock of the competition thus far.
Nakarawa’s impact for Fiji in the toughest pool of the World Cup was immense. Through four matches the second row took 41 runs and offloaded 14 times in spirit of Fiji’s flowing attack. He remained busy on the other side of the ball as well averaging nearly 10 tackles per match while serving as the main lineout option. We look forward to watching Nakarawa in the PRO12 this year.
Gareth Davies has been nothing short of outstanding filling in for the injured Rhys Webb. The scrumhalf scored four tries in three matches and is far and away our top scrumhalf of the World Cup so far.
The All Blacks have cruised through Pool C with an impressive point differential of +87 second only to Australia’s +97. Argentina provided the only hiccup for the defending World Champions until Sonny Bill Williams ran on in the second half and led his side to a 26-16 victory. Julian Savea scored 5 tries in the last two matches benefiting from weak defenses. Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read have been the class of the New Zealand forward pack. The duo stay busy on attack and defense averaging around 10 tackles per match while beating defenders on a consistent basis.
Scarlets’ back DTH van der Merwe was the standout on the Canadian side. Through four matches, the winger beat the defense 14 times gaining a massive 380 metres. Van der Merwe stands second amongst all wings while he has the advantage of having played an additional match.
Veteran Flanker Schalk Burger has been the natural leader of the revitalized Springbok forward pack. Burger has touched down twice in the last two matches while averaging 11 tackles per match. Alongside Vermeulen and Louw, South Africa’s back row is poised to give Wales or Australia a serious headache in the potential quarter-final clashes.
Mike Brown was never able to repeat his monster performance from the first round but still stands as our top fullback just ahead of Ben Smith.
Keith Earls has been the best for Ireland scoring three tries in as many matches. The wing scored a crucial try in the close bout against Italy over the weekend. Ireland still face their toughest group match vs. France which will determine the winner of the pool as they are currently tied with 14 points each.
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