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2015 Rugby World Cup

A guide to the players that could light up the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will bring together the very best nations competing for the biggest prize of them all.

It is a tournament where legends can be made and where players write their names into the history books. England will always remember the kicking of Jonny Wilkinson to fire them to 2003 glory while South Africa's Percy Montgomery will be immortalised for guiding his nation to 2007 Rugby World Cup gold.

Who will it be this year that makes a name for themselves? Here are the players to watch at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

 

Julian Savea (New Zealand)

At just 25 years old, New Zealand have huge hopes for Julian Savea and is already being touted as the next Jonah Lomu (nothing like pressure!). However, Savea could be the man to fill the legend's boots.

Despite a drop in form in recent months, the last Test on home soil showed the Savea of old. The wing will be raring to go once the tournament gets underway. With pace, strength and exceptional vision, the All Blacks expect him to go on to become one of the greats and the Rugby World Cup could be the perfect platform to announce himself to the world.

A hugely exciting player to watch.

 

George North (Wales)

The heartbeat of the Welsh team, there are some big hopes resting on George North's 23-year-old shoulders. However, he has already proved he is up to the task. With over 50 caps for Wales and starring during the 2013 British & Irish Lions win in Australia, he will prove crucial to the Red Dragons' chances.

Similar to Savea, he is a player that gets the crowd off its feet with driving runs as he looks to add to his 24 international tries so far. Having recovered for a spate of concussions during the second half of the season, he could prove a thorn in many opposition sides.

 

Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

A star of Ireland's back-to-back Six Nations wins, Jonathan Sexton will be who Ireland will be looking to perform during the Rugby World Cup. The fly-half has returned to his homeland with Leinster after a two-year stint with French side Racing Metro, which will no doubt boost his morale as the tournament kicks off.

With over 50 caps and almost 500 points for the Irish, head coach Joe Schmidt will be wanting a solid performance from his talisman once the action starts. Ireland will be looking for him to emulate the 2009 vintage showing when he kicked all the points in a win over South Africa.

If he manages to continue his Six Nations form into the Rugby World Cup, then Ireland could be in with a shout of claiming the trophy.

 

Gael Fickou (France)

Despite France being considered outsiders of the tournament, there is much intrigue around young centre Gael Fickou. The 21-year-old has already been described as one of best players in the world in his position by French team mate Maxime Medard, who compared him to the legendary New Zealand international Sonny Bill Williams.

Tall and athletic combined with grace and speed, Fickou provides us with a reminder of the Gallic glory days. He is one of the most exciting prospects within the French team and already has two tries under his belt in Test matches since 2013.

 

Jonathan Joseph (England)

One of the most exciting prospects within the English ranks, Jonathan Joseph burst onto the scene when Stuart Lancaster took over as head coach in 2012. His defining performances however came during the 2015 Six Nations where he scored three tries and was named man of the match during a game against Italy.

Now seen as a regular for the England side, he could be a key factor in England's success in front of their home support. With surging runs from his centre position he can open up backlines and can truly frighten oppositions when in full flight. A major player in England's campaign.

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