South Africa were crowned champions of the world with the best player on the planet this weekend but not even Pieter-Steph du Toit could make the Opta team of the Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks overpowered England at International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday and lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time after a commanding 32-12 victory.
Outstanding lock Du Toit was crowned World Rugby Player of the Year the following day and Rassie Erasmus was named the top coach in the world at a ceremony in Tokyo.
Yet there were no Springboks in the Opta team of the tournament, with Japan’s South Africa-born back-row Pieter Labuschagne in at number seven ahead of Du Toit.
There were four New Zealand players and as many from the host nation Japan in the Opta XV.
Players had to have been on the field for at least 320 minutes, or 240 for props, to be eligible for selection, with tries, carries, metres carried, offloads, turnovers assists and tackle success contributing to earn points.
New Zealand playmaker Beauden Barrett, twice named the best player in the world, claimed the most points in the competition.
XV – Based on our unique scoring system here is @OptaJonny‘s ‘Team of the Tournament’ for #RWC2019, the scores are based on a per 80 mins rate with a minimum of 320 mins required to make the cut (240 mins for props); @beaudenbarrett had the highest score of any player. Selected. pic.twitter.com/gzueGzcRfl
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 4, 2019
Opta’s Rugby World Cup team of the tournament: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand), Kotaro Matsushima (Japan), Manu Tuilagi (England), Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand), Semi Radradra (Fiji), Richie Mo’unga (New Zealand), Gareth Davies (Wales); Joe Moody (New Zealand), Shota Horie (Japan), Kyle Sinckler (England), Maro Itoje (England), Kane Le’aupepe (Samoa), Chris Vui (Samoa), Pieter Labuschagne (Japan), Kazuki Himeno (Japan).
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