Rugby World Cup ‘Ones to watch’ Pool C
There is some real quality in this group, as Ruck has discovered some potential stars of the tournament ready to pounce in Pool C.
New Zealand: Nehe Milner Skudder
In a squad full of geriatrics, Nehe Milner-Skudder is a true whipper snapper as just 24 years young. ‘The Stepper’ is a truly extraordinary talent that is sure to light up this World Cup. With blink and you’ll miss him quick feet, the flying back can play either fullback or on the wing to devastating affect. He already has two tries from just two caps for the All Blacks, scoring a brace against Australia in August. The Hurricanes man personifies his team’s name, and with club mate Julian Savea on the wing for the New Zealand, their Pool opponents should be afraid. Very afraid.
Argentina: Santiago Cordero
This lightning quick winger exploded on to the scene at Under 20 level for Argentina, and it is a wonder how he has only scored three tries from 12 games for the senior side. A natural raw talent, the Puma epitomizes the poise and pace of his national sides’ emblem and is one of the key men that they look to give the ball to. Cordero may not always be the man to cross the line, but more often than not he is involved in a fast break away that leads to a sublime counter-attacking try.
Tonga: Telusa Veainu
New Zealand born Telusa Veainu played for the All Blacks at Under 20 level but was snapped up by Tonga in July for the 2015 IRB Pacific Nations Cup. That proved to be a shrewd move, as the outside back scored a try on his Tonga debut against Fiji, bursting through to collect the ball and finish from five metres out despite four men trying to bring him down. A prolific finisher for Canterbury in the ITM Cup, he has began with a bang for Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels,. With two international tries from four caps, the 24-year-old is bound to bolster his Tonga tally in this tournament.
Georgia: Murazi Giorgadze
One of a raft of young fresh faces in the Georgia squad, Murazi Giorgadze is also one of the most exciting to watch. Capped for all of his nation’s youth sides, he has not only made the grade with the seniors, but is set to showcase their attacking talent on the World stage. Having not long turned 21, the talented winger is a hot prospect for the future of Georgian rugby, and he will be keen to leave his mark on this World Cup. With two tries from seven caps already, all eyes should be on the Georgian wing to witness Giorgadze hare down it.
Namibia: Conrad Marais
Conrad Marais was included in Namibia’s 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, although he never participated in the tournament. Four years older and four years wiser, the tall winger is looking to add to his incredible try to cap ratio for his country. Making his Namibia debut in March 2010, Marais has earned just eight caps, but has managed to score five tries in those limited appearances. They have come against weak opposition, but the 6″4 AS Beziers man will look to use his size and strength to power over the line and finally get the opportunity to grace a World Cup.