An incredible XV of players who missed out on the Rugby World Cup

12. Jamie Roberts (Wales) 

He has become a vital plug in the Bath defence, earning plaudits from Welsh coach Shaun Edwards for his rearguard action. However, it wasn’t enough for Roberts who had desperately hoped to be included in this wider party despite being left out of recent squads. Barring injuries to others, the international career of this great Lion appears over.

11. Teddy Thomas (France)

Knowing French rugby, it’s entirely possible that they just forgot to call up the winger. Few better sights than him in full-flow.

10. Quade Cooper (Australia)

Cooper has been overlooked for selection in Australia’s 34-man squad for the Rugby Championship.