Irb Rugby World Cup: players to watch

The Irb Rugby World Cup sees the greatest rugby players on the planet representing their country and contributing heavily to their side's success. We take a look at those crucial players who will undoubtedly act as a catalyst to any success their side generates.

Dan Carter - New Zealand: An obvious choice, the New Zealand fly-half has been a mainstay in the all-blacks side since making his full international debut in 2003 against Wales. His attacking influence can never be underestimated and Carter became the highest ever points scorer in the world this July when he notched up his total to a mesmerising 1,204, beating the previous record set by England's Jonny Wilkinson. Labelled as one of the finest fly-halfs ever to grace the sport of rugby, he is certainly worthy of being listed as one to watch in this year's world cup.

Manu Tuilagi - England: A relative newcomer to the world of international rugby, but the power of Tuilagi will see him become a driving force for England going forward either on the wing or centre. His decisive, intelligent attacking play and overall power makes him impossible to leave out of the players to watch in this year;s world cup.

Quade Cooper - Australia: Although being at the tender age of 23, Cooper has become a key component of an exciting Australian team. the fly-half is quick, clever and a real catalyst to Australia's attacking play making him a crucial component of the Wallabies line-up. Despite his infamous dealings off the pitch including accusations of burglary, Cooper's on field displays are nothing short of brilliant and are quickly seeing him become an exciting player for Australia rugby.

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