Rugby World Cup Team of the Tournament

There were many stand-out performers over the past seven weeks, but we've chosen the best of the best for our Team of the Tournament.

15 – Ben Smith (New Zealand)
Apart from a few hiccups in the final, the All Black had a flawless tournament, earning the second most metres in the tournament and always solid under the high ball. Also worth a mention is Japan's Ayumu Goromaru, who scored 58 points in the pool stages and helped the Brave Blossoms to a sensational win over South Africa. 

14 – Santiago Cordero (Argentina)
The winger was the find of the tournament for los Pumas, with an incredible 31 defenders beaten and 13 clean breaks made. Adam Ashley-Cooper needs a mention for his vintage performances, including a hat-trick in Australia's semi-final win.

13 – Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)
The Rugby League convert only came off the bench for the World Champions, but what an impact he would make. He leads the stats with 12 offloads. Australian outside centre Tevita Kuidrani's 200 meteres made also gets him mention. 

12 – Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)
The All Black edges Matt Giteau for his sublime solo try in the final. The powerhouse beat 21 defenders and earned 4 turnovers, a sign of his versatility.

11 – Julian Savea (New Zealand)
The winger earned the Try of Year for his blockbuster try against France in the quarters, where he bounced off three tacklers on his way to the line. His eight tries equalled the record for most tries at a RWC tournament.

10 – Dan Carter (New Zealand)
The pivot's snap drop goal from 40m out in the final helped him edge Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez. The 2015 World Rugby Player of the year also attacked the gain line to great effect, getting five clean breaks while his los Pumas counterpart beat 13 defenders, six more than Carter.

9 – Fourie du Preez (South Africa)
The veteran half-back marshalled his troops well in his swansong tournament. He also produced a magical offload that lead to the try that saw the Springboks beat Wales in the quarter-finals. Also worth a mention is Scotland's Grieg Laidlaw, whose crisp service and accurate kicking almost lead the Scots to an upset over Australia in their last-eight clash.

8 – David Pocock (Australia)
The Zimbabwean-born fetcher was monumental at the breakdown, winning 17 turnovers throughout the tournament. Georgian stalwart Mamuka Gorgoza also got through a heap of work, showing his all-round skill with ten defenders beaten, seven turnovers, 41 tackles and eight offloads.

7 – Schalk Burger (South Africa)
The flanker was the go-forward man for the Springboks, notching up an incredible 96 carries. Burger was no slouch on defence either, as he is second on the most-tackles list with 75. Japan's Michael Leitch wins a mention as he was instrumental in Japan's three wins in the pool stages, with 51 tackles and 36 carries coming from just four games. 

6 – Scott Fardy (Australia)
The bearded behemoth was immense in the semi-final win over Argentina, putting in 16 tackles. Also showing an impressive work rate around the park was New Zealand's Jerome Kaino, putting in 55 tackles and 25 carries over the gain line.

5- Lood de Jager (South Africa)
The South African is tied at the top with a massive 77 tackles made. He also showed his skill in the air, stealing three line-outs. New Zealand's Sam Whitelock was also impressive, putting in 52 tackles and winning three turnovers on the ground

4 – Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
The youngster was a beast in the air, stealing six line-outs, generating four turnovers on the ground and charging down a kick that lead to a solo try against France. Kane Douglas of Australia also gets a mention for his outstanding work on defence.

3 – WP Nel (Scotland)
The South African-born prop was a rock in the scrum for Scotland and competed well at ruck time as well, earning three turnovers. Davit Zirakashvili was also instrumental for Georgia in the scrum.

2 – Dane Coles (New Zealand)
The hooker's all-round skills were again on display at the highest level, wining four turnovers and crossing the gain line seven times. Also getting a mention is Australian Steven Moore, who inspired a comeback against Scotland in the quarter-final and put in 44 tackles on his way to leading his men to the final.

1 – Marcos Ayerza (Argentina)
The prop was the foundation upon which Argentina built their successful scrum on, which earned them plenty penalty's throughout their campaign. Australia's Scott Sio is close second.

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