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Rugby Championship: Four players to watch in 2023

Here’s a list players who could potentially fire their respective teams to the 2023 Rugby Championship crown.

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On the eve of the 2023 Rugby Championship, here’s a look at one key player from each of the participating nations.

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Part of a long line of exciting backs in the Los Pumas set-up, Chocobares is likely to feature prominently throughout the Rugby Championship as he attempts to make a case for World Cup selection.

Tipped as a bright prospect since his days at the Jaguares in Super Rugby, Chocobares went on to make his Test debut for Los Pumas in 2020. However, he had only amassed two international caps before he fell out of favour.

Since then, he signed for Toulouse in France and it is there where he has rediscovered his form. This past weekend, the 24-year-old was part of the Toulouse team that pipped La Rochelle in Top 14 final to be crowned French champions.

Showing great awareness and skill, Chocobares scored the first try of the match when he pounced on a loose ball and used his lethal side-stepping prowess to dance past several defenders for a great individual try from the halfway line.

He will now focus on getting some consistent game time for Argentina under his belt and showing what he is capable of on the biggest stage.

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LEN IKITAU (Australia)

Len Ikitau’s emergence as the rock within the Australian backline highlights how shrewd a pick he was as the bolter of Dave Rennie’s first Wallabies’ camp back in 2020.

Still relatively young, Ikitau has sparkled every time he has donned the gold and green of the Wallabies. Although he boasts the ability to play wing and fullback, Ikitau’s top-tier performances for the Brumbies and Wallabies have underlined the fact that his best position is outside centre. 

Besides possessing a rare skill-set and one of the most lethal sidesteps in the game, Ikitau is also a strong man who isn’t afraid to get stuck in on defence. 

By all accounts, he appears to have all the attributes to become the complete package as he continues his rapid progression at Test level.

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Weighing in at 144kg, Williams is in line to become the heaviest All Black ever. The powerhouse prop has been the surprise package of 2023 as he emphatically made his presence felt in Super Rugby, producing one peerless performance after the other for the Crusaders.

If Williams can produce the same sort of dominance during the Rugby Championship (if or when he gets an opportunity), there is every reason to believe he will be on that flight to the World Cup with the All Blacks. 

Boasting immense strength – complemented by impressive athleticism that belies his frightening 144kg frame – Williams is the sort of front-ranker who will continue to strike fear into opposing props. 

At 22, he is a player who is still maturing, and the 2023 season could be another memorable stepping stone in Crusaders strongman’s fledgling career.

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JEAN KLEYN (South Africa)

It was a crying shame that Kleyn missed out selection for Ireland, but the Irish’s loss is South Africa’s gain.

A hard-nosed defender, powerful ball carrier, lineout specialist and equally expert poacher, the 29-year-old lock is also comfortable in the back row.

Kleyn gave a strong account of himself throughout Munster’s title-winning URC campaign, which resulted in his Springbok call-up.

With the Springboks’ lock stocks packed, Kleyn will have to prove he is worthy of the investment for the World Cup and beyond.

That door has now opened for Kleyn as centurion Eben Etzebeth won’t be available for South Africa’s Rugby Championship Test against Australia due to a shoulder injury.


Jean Kleyn trades Ireland for Springboks photo Ball Carrier Twitter. Rugby Championship.
Jean Kleyn is set to officially switch allegiance from Ireland to the Springboks. Photo: Ball Carrier/Twitter.