Top Rugby World Cup 2023 players: 5 stars to watch
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Top Rugby World Cup 2023 players: 5 stars to watch

Rugby’s greatest stars will be on parade when the 10th World Cup unfolds during September and October.

Here, we look at five Rugby World Cup 2023 players expected to light up the tournament hosted by France.

Punters can also check out our power rankings for the leading contenders in the outright winner odds and study trends from past renewals.

Antoine Dupont, France, scrum-half

The best player in the world has also redefined scrum-half play. Dupont is the complete package, his game management and attacking skills matched by his defence. Only 5ft 9in but deceptively strong and will act as France’s heartbeat.

Cheslin Kolbe, South Africa, wing

A diminutive player in a game played by giants, Kolbe is a thrilling talent who has the footwork and acceleration to conjure tries out of thin air. Also able to play full-back or fly-half, but it is on the wing where he has been at his deadliest.

Ellis Genge, England, prop

England’s snarling front-row warrior was one of their star performers during the Six Nations, emerging as the pack’s most potent carrier. Nicknamed ‘Baby Rhino’, he is a ferocious competitor who carries the fight to the opposition.

Semi Radradra, Fiji, centre

At his explosive best Radradra is the most dangerous player in the game and while his time at Bristol was marred by injury, he remains a feared runner. Shows all the classic Fijian traits – side-step, hand-off and offloads – but with extra power.

Ardie Savea, New Zealand, number eight

In a position that produces bulldozing giants, Savea excels through athleticism as well as power. He is comfortable on the ball and has the speed and feet to sweep him through holes in defences. Also throws a mean dummy.

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