Rugby World Cup 2011: Ones To Watch - Part 3: Asia and America's


Kosuke Endo is an experienced and accomplished winger for Japan. Last year he scored a remarkable 5 tries in one game in the Asian Five Nations. Endo's ability to get tries is derived from his great movement off the ball and superb tracking of the play. Endo's previous World Cup experience will be crucial to Japan and their chances in this World Cup.

Jamie Cudmore is a towering and seasoned lock. A fearsome leader and a devastating ball carrier, Cudmore is useful in both attack and defence. Cudmore's great work in the line out and at the breakdown will be essential for Canada. His ruthless approach to the game will be something for the rest of the Canada side to look to when trying to produce big results.

Takudzwa Ngwenya is a winger for USA with electrifying pace and a step that will fool almost any player (just ask Bryan Habana about France 2007). Ngwenya also has a strong and well timed hand off and is a powerful, try stopping tackler. He can cover 50metres in approximately 5seconds. His devastating pace could be the key for USA when looking to unlock opposition defences. Regardless of how USA perform you can expect excitement every time he gets the ball.

Felipe Contepomi may well be 33 years old now but he is still the linchpin of this experienced and aggressive Argentina side. Contepomi will pull all the strings from 10 or 12. His accurate passing and goal kicking will be paramount this year. The veteran Fly-half/Centre will be looking for a string of big performances in what is potentially his last World Cup.

Whatever happens at this years Rugby World Cup, whoever wins, whoever stands out and whoever fades away. There is one thing we can be sure of, it is going to be a great ride while it lasts.