The tournament’ first Rugby World Cup team of the tournament has been named, featuring some surprising selections that notably exclude prominent figures.
In the unforgettable backdrop of France 2023, the competition showcased remarkable tries, unexpected upsets, and a grand finale of epic proportions, with Siya Kolisi guiding South Africa to a historic consecutive Rugby World Cup victory.
The Springboks appeared to be in control when, with Handre Pollard’s precise goalkicking already giving them a 9-3 lead, Sam Cane caught Jesse Kriel high in the 27th minute. The New Zealand captain was shown a red card upon review, and another Pollard penalty left the All Blacks a man down, nine points behind, and in deep trouble.
However, New Zealand rallied, rode their luck, and dragged themselves back into the game. Richie Mo’unga kicked a penalty before the break, and Beauden Barrett scooped up a loose ball and slid in after the interval to reduce South Africa’s lead to 12-11.
Both teams pushed for a decisive score in an enthralling, lactic-drenched final quarter, but neither found one. Jordie Barrett missed a long-range 73rd-minute penalty, and the Springboks clung on for a third successive one-point victory in the knockout stages.
Acknowledging the standout performers and emerging talents, Rugby Pass has revealed their handpicked lineup of 15 exceptional players from the championship.
Notably, the omission of Pieter Steph Du-Toit, who claimed the man of the match title in the final, has stirred some controversy, and he is not the sole notable absentee from the XV.
For the complete roster, please refer to the list below or access their in-depth article by clicking here.
Rugby World Cup team of the tournament:
- 15. Hugo Keenan (Ireland)
- 14. Will Jordan (New Zealand)
- 11. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)
- 13. Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
- 12. Jordie Barrett (New Zealand)