RUGBY WORLD CUP: ONES TO WATCH
If you’re travelling from 8 September - 28 October you can enjoy the Rugby World Cup 2023 LIVE onboard on Sport 24!
With 40+ Matches and 360+ LIVE hours broadcast across Sport 24 & Extra, check out the full schedule here so you won’t miss a moment!
Here are our player picks that you won’t want to miss:
Antoine Dupont, the French captain and Toulouse scrum half is a player you’ll want to keep an eye on this World Cup. With a reputation that places him among the all-time greats, Dupont has clinched the World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year title and the Six Nations Player of the Championship title three times! Renowned for his French flair, he possesses the skill to break defensive lines and execute precise cross-field kicks. Undoubtedly, he will be integral to the French squad in this highly anticipated home World Cup.
Antoine Dupoint | France
At just 22 years old, Freddie Steward is one of England’s brightest young talents. The fullback, who plays for Leicester Tigers in the Premiership, was a standout performer in their Six Nations campaign earlier this year. Despite his age, the youngster has demonstrated endless talent in driving England’s offensive plays throughout the year. Despite debuting in 2021, he is now on the cusp of participating in his inaugural World Cup. He boasts numerous accolades, such as twice being named England's Young Player of the Year! As anticipation builds for the upcoming tournament, all eyes will be on him to deliver in his performances, and what better place to showcase his talent!
Freddie Steward | England
Josh van der Flier
Riding the wave of their Grand Slam win at the Six Nations, Ireland are a team to pay close attention to in this forthcoming World Cup. Standing out prominently is Josh Van de Flier, a pivotal player in their historic home-soil win. The Flanker who plays for Leinster is renowned for his relentless tackling and ability to disrupt play, establishing himself as a key member of the Irish defence. Having won the prestigious title of World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in 2022 and heading towards his second World Cup, Van de Flier’s talent and experience make him a key asset to this Irish team.
Josh van der Flier | Ireland
At 6ft 8 and 280lbs Eben Etzebeth will be pretty impossible to miss at the Rugby World Cup! Playing club rugby for the Sharks, the lock is one of the most imposing players on the pitch. Etzebeth gives the South African team a dominating edge in lineouts and is also persistent in winning turnovers for his team. By winning the 2022 South African Rugby Player of the Year, he continuously proves himself as one of the World’s Best.
Eben Etzebeth | South Africa
Another young talent is Australia’s Jordan Petaia, despite being a mere 23 years old, this will be his second World Cup. Petaia burst onto the international scene during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, making history as the youngest player to start in a major tournament. His debut against Uruguay showcased his blazing speed and dynamic playing style, leaving rugby enthusiasts worldwide in awe of his abilities. Not many players can boast such talent and experience at such a young age. Having scored his first try on his debut, he’ll be looking to add more to his tally and is set to be an integral player for the Wallabies.
Jordan Petaia | Australia