Sky Sports have named their Rugby World Cup Team of the Week

Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A

Japan, Wales and England dominate the Team of the Week after all three nations produced significant wins in their campaign for World Cup glory.

Japan’s 19-12 upset victory over Ireland showcased the heart and desire the host nation have to go far in the tournament.

Wales survived a late scare against a talented Australian lineup, but throughout the game displayed potency in both attack and defence sealing a 29-25 win.

England have breezed through their opening two games of the World Cup, but will face a dangerous Argentina team on Saturday who will be full of confidence after an impressive 28-12 win over Tonga.

So, after week 2 of the Rugby World Cup comes to an end, here is Sky Sports' Team of the Week.

15. Liam Williams (Wales)

The Welsh full-back was in fine form against Australia, sealing a dominant display with a game-clinching turnover as the Wallabies threatened the Welsh try line late on. The Saracens superstar was always a threat with ball-in-hand and excelled under the high-ball against a potent Australian offence.

Honourable mentions must go to both Stuart Hogg and Telusa Veainu, who showed their value to their respective countries with stand-out performances.

14. Alapati Leiua (Samoa)

The Samoan bulldozer was in unstoppable form during his country’s win over Russia, scoring a try in each half as they got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start.


He racked up 172 metres gained from his elusive play and made three line breaks, evading 10 defenders.

13. Jonathan Joseph (England)

The Bath centre was in scintillating form against the US, making four line breaks and beating six defenders, including a sensational dummy and spin into space in the lead-up to one of Joe Cokanasiga’s two tries.

Honourable mention must go to Wales centre Jonathan Davies, who was formidable in both attack and defence in Wales’ victory over Australia.

12. Samu Kerevi (Australia)

Kerevi showcased his talents on a frustrating afternoon for the Wallabies, gaining 98 metres from 16 carries which included two line breaks and a team-high six defenders beaten.

Australia v Wales - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D

11. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)

The Springbok speedster has 10 tries in as many tests after his double in the win over Namibia.

Mapimpi made three line breaks and beat five defenders as he gained 128 metres from just 11 carries. He even chipped in with a defensive turnover.

10. Felipe Berchesi (Uruguay)

The unheralded Uruguayan fly-half was instrumental in both attack and defence as his country secured a stunning victory over Fiji.

Berchesi kicked 15 points, including a crucial late penalty which put Uruguay up by two scores.

His defensive effort was also impressive. He made 12 tackles and won a team-leading three turnovers as Los Teros won their first World Cup game since 2003.

Fiji v Uruguay - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group D

9. Gareth Davies (Wales)

Davies terrorised his opposite number Will Genia for 80 minutes, sealing a man-of-the-match performance with a superb interception try in the final minutes of the first half.

Honourable mentions to Japan pair Yutaka Nagare and Fumiaki Tanaka, who were hugely influential in their famous win over Ireland.

1. Keita Inagaki (Japan)

The Japanese pack were relentless against Ireland, with Inagaki at the forefront.

He made 12 tackles and 11 carries in a fantastic 63-minute display as Japan claimed an upset win over the Irish.

2. Julian Montoya (Argentina)

Argentina v Tonga - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group C

Montoya was destructive with ball-in-hand and scored three tries in the space of 20 minutes, becoming the first hooker to score a World Cup hat-trick since Keith Wood in 1999.

The 25-year-old was perfect with his distribution from line-out’s connecting with all seven of this throws.

3. Levan Chilachava (Georgia)

Chilachava was at the forefront of a devastating Georgian scrum in victory over Uruguay.

The Montpellier prop scored his second try of the World Cup and dominated his opposite number for 80 minutes.

4 & 5. Luke Thompson & James Moore (Japan)

Moore and Thompson were an unstoppable force in Japan’s win over Ireland. They combined for 43 tackles, missing none as they stood up to a potent Irish attack.

Japan v Ireland - Rugby World Cup 2019: Group A

Thompson also produced a line out steal as Japan pressurised the Irish set-piece for the vast majority of the game.

6. Lewis Ludlam (England)

Seven tackles, three turnovers, 15 carries and five defenders beaten – not a bad World Cup debut for the Northampton flanker.

7. Jake Polledri (Italy)

The Gloucester openside was outstanding in attack as the Azzuri took Canada to pieces. He beat 14 defenders and made three line breaks, also providing a try assist as he finished with stats of 109 metres gained from 15 carries.

9. Michael Leitch (Japan)

The Blossoms captain came on for a truly memorable substitute appearance in his country’s win over Ireland.

Leitch led by example after 60 minutes with fresh legs, gaining 37 metres from six carries, and making 11 tackles, missing none.

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