Following an exciting conclusion to the pool stage of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, we have selected the Team of the Week after reviewing many impressive performances. Players from nine total nations earned a spot on the team this week.
Ireland and France Lead With Three Players Each
Ireland and France tied for the most representatives on the Team of the Week with three players each. For Ireland, fullback Hugo Keenan, scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park, and openside flanker Josh van der Flier were honored. France saw wing Damian Penaud, fly-half Matthieu Jalibert, and number eight Gregory Alldritt chosen.
Standouts at Multiple Positions
Several other players stood out in their positions. Samoa’s fly-half Lima Sopoaga, Tonga’s center George Moala, and Argentina’s wing Mateo Carreras had especially noteworthy games.
In the forwards, Portugal’s openside flanker Nicolas Martins, England’s lock Ollie Chessum, and Tonga’s prop and captain Ben Tameifuna earned spots. At hooker, Portugal’s Mike Tadjer got the nod in his final Rugby World Cup match.
Consistent Excellence Rewarded
Some players made the Team of the Week for their continual strong play during the pool stage. Penaud has been a force on the wing, leading the tournament with six tries. Tameifuna also made the team for the third straight week.
Competition Fierce for Selection
With so many standout performances, choosing the Team of the Week lineup was difficult. All of the selected players edged out teammates and opponents who also played very well.
The pool stage saw many thrilling matches and moments to remember. As the Rugby World Cup heads into the knockout phase, fans can expect more stellar play worthy of recognition in future Teams of the Week.