10 Most Exciting Players at the RWC

Date published: September 16 2015

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The players we all love to watch, and all will be involved at this year's Rugby World Cup. Here are ten exciting stars to watch over the next six weeks.

NEHE MILNER-SKUDDER

 To come from seemingly nowhere at the age of 24 and secure a Rugby World Cup squad spot shows just what an outstanding season Milner-Skudder had for the Hurricanes. His electric feet and line-breaking saw him unlock defences at will and on debut for New Zealand he scored two tries against Australia. Watch out for him causing opposition tacklers all kinds of bother in England.

 

 

JESSE KRIEL

 The find of the season in South Africa has to be Kriel as the Bulls full-back was given a  chance by Springbok head coach Heyneke Meyer at outside centre. 21-year-old Kriel hasn't  looked back with two tries in four Tests and should enjoy good minutes in the centre and  possibly 15 jersey during the  pools. His strong carries and deceptive pace make him an X-  factor player for the Boks.

 

 

ISRAEL FOLAU

 Rarely has a bad match for the Wallabies and is arguably the best taker of the high ball in the  game. Folau has scored 18 tries in 33 internationals and while his rate has slowed since his  arrival from the AFL, teams will know that keeping the former rugby league star under wraps  is going to be crucial if  they are to beat Australia. Look out for his strong running and  deceptive step.

 

 

LEONE NAKARAWA

 There is no one like him in world rugby. Nakarawa was one of the signings of the last five  years in the PRO12 when he arrived at Glasgow in 2013. Since then he has terrorised  opposition defences for both club and country and looks a real star in the making at this  World Cup. England, Australia and Wales will have to watch his speed, superb offloads and  skills or they will be punished.

 

 

JULIAN SAVEA

 While he has not had the best lead-up to the tournament due to concerns over his fitness, we  expect  Savea to hit the ground running at the World Cup and build on his superb try-scoring  record for New Zealand. The powerful finisher is nigh on impossible to stop in a one-on-one  so if the All Blacks can give him chances in space then this could be a very profitable  tournament for the winger.

 

 

MAMUKA GORGODZE

 The Georgian wrecking ball has carved out a reputation in France and Europe for being one  of the  fiercest competitiors around. A real inspiration for the Lelos at number eight,  Gorgodze will captain his country in England and should be found shruggling off tacklers  while leading by example. If only Georgia had more like him. Many countries would love to  have Gorgodze in their side.

 

 

SAMU MANOA

 Manoa this year became the first player ever signed to a four-year contract by European  champions  Toulon, capping his rise from club rugby in the USA to joining Europe's elite. It's  not hard to see why Mourad Boudjellal splashed the cash to sign Manoa – who can cover 4,  5, 6 and 8 in the pack and is an incredibly powerful player blessed with soft hands.

 

 

JONATHAN JOSEPH

 One of two young Bath players on this list, Joseph was the breakout star of the Six Nations  as he  transformed England's attack at outside centre with his slick footwork and passing  game. Set to combine well in England's back division with fly-half George Ford, Joseph also  doesn't lack for speed and could be the difference in a tight match.

 

 

 

NEMANI NADOLO

 When you first assess Nemani Nadolo, it's hard to ignore the biological facts. At 195cm and  130kg, it comes as a shock almost that he's a winger. The Crusaders star though has been a  revelation since getting his break in Super Rugby, proving to be an outstanding finisher, but  for Fiji he is so much  more than that, being the team's goalkicker and proven matchwinner.  A phenomenal talent.

 

 

ANTHONY WATSON

 Watson has taken to Test rugby with England as many expected – with an apparent ease yet  devastating impact on the opposition. The Bath flyer is stronger than he looks and has  proven to be rock-solid under the high ball and in defence. But it's Watson's attacking game  that makes him so special, with the speed and footwork to leave tacklers trailing behind him.

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