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One week and 12 matches in the Rugby World Cup and we have our first rest day, which seems a natural time to take stock ahead of a jam-packed weekend.
Uruguay have produced one of the greatest shocks in World Cup history by beating Fiji, while New Zealand, Wales, Ireland and England have all underlined their statuses as contenders, with South Africa and Australia suffering stuttering starts.
Among all that, there have been some outstanding individual performances as the world’s best players have collided with awesome ferocity in Japan.
World class players have enhanced their reputations, while several new faces have burst on to the scene with the world watching.
There’s a blend of both in Sportsmail‘s team of the week…
England rounded off week one with a 45-7 win over the United States in Kobe
Rugby 15 Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)
Showcased his dazzling footwork on the wing with three clean breaks in the Springboks’ defeat by New Zealand – but is equally adept at full-back. Rested from the starting XV for Namibia, expect plenty more from the Toulouse flyer as the tournament goes on.
Cheslin Kolbe wriggles free of the despairing dive of New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett
Rugby 14 Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)
A hat-trick on opening night against Russia makes him the leading try-scorer after week one. Half Zimbabwean and half Japanese, Matsushima has plenty of Super Rugby experience from time spent in South Africa and Australia – and it shows in his lethal finishing.
Kotaro Matsushima goes over to score the second of his three tries against Russia
Rugby 13 Manu Tuilagi (England)
England were below-par in the opener against Tonga but not Tuilagi, whose power and support lines brought him two first-half tries. Rested for the United States win, he’ll be raring to go for Argentina and France having quickly become the England player opposition sides fear
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