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From Cheslin Kolbe’s dancing feet in South Africa’s opening weekend defeat against New Zealand to Manu Tuilagi bursting through the gain line in England’s quarter-final with Australia, the 2019 Rugby World Cup was filled with individual moments of brilliance.
Here,City A.M.picks six of the best performers at the tournament.
Brodie RetallickMaro Itoje, England
Where else to start than with England’s second-row Maro Itoje, who was exceptional in Japan?
The 25-year-old has improved greatly over the last year and now puts in world-class performances every time he steps on the pitch.
Itoje has proved himself more than capable of running the line-out, allowing Eddie Jones to use the more disruptive Courtney Lawes alongside him instead of George Kruis, and has cut mistakes out of his game.
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His work helped make England’s attacking maul one of the best in the game and at the breakdown he was equally impressive.
In the semi-final win over New Zealand he was everywhere, winning three turnovers and making Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock look inferior.
It didn’t quite come together against South Africa in Saturday’s final, but Itoje will surely be among the first on the England team-sheet for many years to come.
Brodie RetallickJosh Adams, Wales
Wales will come away from the World Cup wondering what might have been after they were blighted by injuries and failed to find the form that won the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year.
For a number of the Welsh team it feels like it could be the end of an era, but for Warren Gatland’s successor, the emergence of Josh Adams as a prolific try scorer should
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