Who are the top players at RWC 2019 so far?

As the Rugby World Cup pool stages head into the final round, here is a look at some of the stand-out players so far:   South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe   The electric winger, cousin of 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, underlined his status as rugby union’s hottest property with a superb two-try showing in South Africa’s 49-3 victory over Italy. The first of those tries showed why the diminutive player, standing just 1.71m (5ft 7in) tall and weighing a paltry 80kg, is so dangerous: one vicious step back…

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Cheslin magic and Springbok forward power pummel Italy [ VIDEO Highlights ]

Cheslin Kolbe scored a classy double as South Africa put one foot in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a comprehensive 49-3 victory over 14-man Italy on Friday.   Kolbe’s try double was the highlight for the Springboks but the evening ended uncomfortably for the speedster when he limped off late in the game after twisting his ankle in a tackle.   South Africa will now look forward to putting Canada to the sword to line up an October 20 quarter-final game in Tokyo against the winner of Pool A,…

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Kolbe Impressive at Scrumhalf, Nick Mallet

Nick Mallett says he was impressed by the versatility shown by Cheslin Kolbe against Argentina in Salta over the weekend.   The Springbok winger moved to scrumhalf for 10 minutes while Faf de Klerk was in the sin-bin and impressed in the position.   Mallett raised eyebrows a few years ago when he said the 1.71m Kolbe should consider a move to scrumhalf if he wanted to play international rugby.   I was quite relieved that Cheslin Kolbe played so well at scrumhalf for the 10 minutes when Faf de…

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