3. WILL GREENWOOD (ENGLAND)
The centre scored the only try as England beat South Africa but was given compassionate leave to be with his wife, who was in the hospital after developing complications in her second pregnancy. Despite his 40,000 miles round trip, he finished joint top scorer at the tournament as England lifted the Webb Ellis Cup.
4. SIMON ZEBO (IRELAND)
The vibrant utility back took time off from the 2015 Rugby World Cup to attend his grandfather’s funeral. He rejoined the squad as they prepare for their penultimate Pool D game against the Italians at Olympic Park.