What starts with a random question will descend into a sad sop story.

First, the question: Who is best player not attending this Rugby World Cup?

This poser doesn't solely cover those not selected. Rather consider those missing through injury, and even those retired from international duties who could still make an impression.

Take your pick, possibilities are extensive.


From a New Zealand perspective alone there's no shortage of candidates.

Luke Jacobson's flared up concussion is a cruel blow for the 22-year-old prospect before the opening match, though it is pleasing such symptoms are now being identified and treated with