The Deadliest Wingers At The Rugby World Cup

The Deadliest Wingers At The Rugby World Cup

With many expecting this to be the closest contested World Cup to date, we thought it would be worthwhile having a few of the deadliest wingers in the competition this year. 


 

All these wingers have wonderful try-scoring records for their country and could set this tournament alight at any moment.  

Sevu Reece — New Zealand

 
 
 
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The rise of Sevu Reece has been nothing but phenomenal, as the Fijian born star leapt onto the scene in this year's Super Rugby. The Crusader's flyer posses wonderful ability with the ball in hand and became top try scorer in the Southern Hemisphere competition. 

International Stats: 2 caps — 3 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 16/1

Rieko Ioane — New Zealand

He might have had a dip in form in the past few months, but you write Iaone off at your own peril. The Blues winger has one the most impressive scoring rates in world rugby right now and will certainly be due a few tries, especially in the group stage. 

International Stats: 26 caps — 23 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 13/1

Cheslin Kolbe — South Africa

Standing at 1.71 metre, the Springbok pocket rocket brings a different dimension to the game and could finish as the competition's top scorers. Kolbe is an x-factor player and really has the ability to make something out of nothing no matter where he is on the field. 

International Stats: 10 caps — 5 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 17/1

 

 

Makazole Mapimpi — South Africa

The Sharks winger is a deadly finisher and has arguably made the No. 11 jersey his own in recent months. Mapimpi has blistering pace and with him being quite a stocky lad he is able to use his strength to get him over the try line more often than not. 

International Stats: 8 caps — 8 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 26/1

Jacob Stockdale — Ireland

The Irish winger has had a brilliant past 12 months and has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers in the Northern Hemisphere. Stockdale set the record for the most tries scored in the Six Nations tournament, seven, in his first Six Nations campaign in 2018.

International Stats: 21 caps — 16 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 19/1

Josua Tuisova - Fiji

Tuisova's test career is still in its infancy having only made 9 appearances since his debut back in 2017 but if you have caught a glimpse of the winger during his time with the Fiji 7s or Toulon, you will know that he is more than capable of bagging a few meat pies at the World Cup, no matter the opposition.

International Stats: 9 caps - 4 tries

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer —140/1

Jonny May — England

 

 

There are many that will admit it took May a little while to get settled in international rugby but the last two years he has really been top-notch. England are in a tough pool so chances may be slim but May was the 2019 Six Nations top scorer. 

International Stats: 45 caps — 24 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 18/1

D. T. H. van der Merwe — Canada 

 

 

Daniel Tailliferre Hauman van der Merwe is a Canadian rugby star, who plays for Glasgow Warriors in the Pro14. The winger has an incredible try scoring record in the World Cup, which is six tries in 12 games, and scored in every game in 2015. 

International Stats: 58 caps — 38 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — N/A

Kotaro Matsushima — Japan

The 26-year-old plays rugby for the Sunwolves in Super Rugby and is seen as a bit of utility player, who mostly features on the wing these days. The South African born star has been on a good scoring run in recent weeks and could get a few in this tournament. 

Matsushima has recorded at least one try in five of his last six test appearances (six tries in total).

International Stats: 34 caps — 17 tries 

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — N/A

Bautista Delguy — Argentina

Delguy got his international debut last year and has done tremendously well seeing that he is only 22-years-old. In 2018, he scored 3 tries in 5 games in the Rugby Championship which really pushed up his stock. 

International Stats: 11 caps — 5 tries

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 52/1

 

 

Damian Penaud — France 

Penaud is another promising young talent in the sport and is only 22-years-old’s heading into this tournament. He made his debut for France back in 2017 but has just played 13 matches in total for his country. 

Penaud's try-scoring record at test level may not look as impressive as some of the other names on this list but if you have seen the speedster play you will know just how prolific he is.

With fellow clubmate, Alivereti Raka on the other wing, France certainly looks dangerous out wide.

International Stats: 13 caps — 5 tries

Odds: Top Tournament Try Scorer — 52/1

 

 

 

 

 

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