Par Adien Bez, Vincent Bordenave, Arnaud Coudry, Thomas Larroquette, David Reyrat, Romain Schneider
Seven weeks of competition, 48 matches and the final victory of South Africa against New Zealand, for a historic fourth planetary crown. At the end of this tenth World Cup, organized in France, Le Figaro asked its rugby specialists who covered the event to elect their fifteen best players, position by position.
At the time of the verdict, only one player was unanimous in the polls, it was the Blues hooker, Peato Mauvaka. After the injury of his teammate in Toulouse, Julien Marchand, the Wallisian put in a string of remarkable performances. Dynamic in the game and in the fight, solid in fundamentals, he has established himself as a world reference in his position.
Among the other players who received many votes (5), we find All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith, still as effective and decisive at 34 years old. The other player to stand out in the polls is the three-quarter center of Ireland, Bundee Aki, who stood out throughout the competition, spearheading the advances of the Clover XV. The little surprise of this ranking comes from the presence of Nicolas Martins (3 votes), third row of Portugal, who wrote one of the most beautiful stories of this World Cup.