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“Powerhouse forward” – One England player included in Opta’s 2023 Rugby Dream Team

5. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

Beirne proved to be a key weapon for Ireland, contributing across the pitch with tries, tackles, and turnovers. His reliability in the line-out further solidified his impact on Ireland’s campaign.

Close: Maro Itoje (England), Theo McFarland (Samoa), Franco Mostert (South Africa).

4. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

Retallick showcased his barnstorming best at the World Cup, boasting the best ruck effectiveness rate among players with 100+ rucks. His dominance in opposition line-outs and all-around contributions were instrumental in New Zealand’s campaign.

Close: Maro Itoje (England), Theo McFarland (Samoa), Franco Mostert (South Africa).

3. Ben Tameifuna (Tonga)

Tameifuna, Tonga’s captain, led from the front with an impressive scrum success rate, robust ball-carrying, and contributions in meters gained and defenders beaten.

Close: Codie Taylor (NZ), Julian Montoya (Argentina).

2. Peato Mauvaka (France)

Mauvaka emerged as a shining light for France, excelling in the hooker position with a high gainline success rate, significant meters gained, and numerous breaks.

Close: Codie Taylor (NZ), Julian Montoya (Argentina).

1. Steven Kitshoff (South Africa)

Crucial to South Africa’s success, Kitshoff stood out as the only Springbok in this XV. His contributions in attacking and defensive rucks were among the best in the tournament, emphasizing his pivotal role in the championship-winning side.

Close: Thomas Gallo (Argentina).

Quiz! Can you name the 20 most-capped men’s England players?

Several of these individuals have participated, or are presently participating, in the contemporary era of rugby.

Can you identify how many of the top 20 most-capped England rugby players you can name?

We’ve supplied the total number of caps and their respective playing positions for each player. Your task is simply to complete their surnames.

You have a 5-minute window to attempt to guess all 20 players.

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