Rugby World Cup team of the week |Barrett, Hooper, Tuilagi
The opening weekend at this year’s Rugby World Cup is now done and dusted.
Japan kicked off the tournament on Friday night by beating Russia before Australia, France and New Zealand claimed wins on day two.
On Sunday, Italy, Ireland and England all claimed bonus-point victories on day three of the Rugby World Cup.
But who were the standout performers? Here is our selection – do you agree?
Rugby World Cup team of the week:
Fullback: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand) – Effortlessly transitioned back to fullback in a pressure-filled Test against the Springboks. Somehow made a superb clear inside his own goal after taking a diving pass from Reece. Shook off a brutal boot to the face to slot an important penalty late on.
Winger: Kotaro Matsushima (Japan) –The speedster claimed three of his side’s four tries against Russia to earn himself the honour of scoring the first hat-trick by any Japanese player at a World Cup.
Centre: Manu Tuilagi (England) – The star performer by a country mile, scoring two tries as England overcame Tonga. The first try was born out of his brute strength while the second try was more of a case of right place.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 22, 2019
Centre: Gael Fickou (France) – Almost cost his side with a soft penalty in the closing stages but that aside, the centre was back to his outstanding best, scoring his first test try in three years.
Winger: Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa) – The Springboks best player against the All Blacks by a country mile. Brilliant on attack and brave in defence.