Paragraph 1: Jonathan Danty (France)
Jonathan Danty’s absence from the French team in the World Cup opener is a significant blow, highlighting his importance to the team. France has a wealth of rugby talent, but Danty’s direction and drive are crucial in unifying that talent. He has proven himself as a star player for the European domestic team, La Rochelle, further solidifying his importance to the French team.
Paragraph 2: Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)
Tadhg Beirne’s development over the past four years has been remarkable under the guidance of coach Andy Farrell. After making his debut the previous autumn, Beirne shed his label as a utility player and became known for his pilfering at the breakdown. However, it is his capabilities in other aspects of the game – his disruption of mauls, high tackle counts, and impact at the ruck – that truly make him an exceptional player on the field.
Paragraph 3: Will Skelton (Australia)
Will Skelton’s performances in Europe, first for Saracens and now with La Rochelle, have elevated him to world-class status. Known for his relentless physicality, Skelton consistently dominates rucks and opponents until he has nothing left to give. Additionally, his presence in the second row improves Australia’s scrum performance, showcasing his value as a difference-maker on the team. Skelton has even been bestowed the honor of being named the Wallabies’ skipper.
Paragraph 4: Caelan Doris (Ireland)
After grappling with concussion concerns, Caelan Doris has proven himself as a powerful force at the highest level of the sport. His skills as a back-rower shine particularly when placed at the base of the scrum. Doris combines subtle footwork and excellent handling abilities with rare athleticism, making him a truly versatile player. Furthermore, he remains a nuisance at the breakdown defensively, solidifying his reputation as a thoroughly classy and well-rounded player capable of producing magical moments.