With the 2023 Rugby World Cup getting underway with France against New Zealand on Friday, we take a look at some of the top finishers who will be competing to be the top tryscorer at the global tournament.
From the great Jonah Lomu to the scintillating Bryan Habana, some huge names in the sport have taken the accolade at previous competitions.
Let’s see which players are in contention to finish top of the tryscorer standings this time around.
|What||2023 Rugby World Cup|
|Where||Various venues across France|
|When||Friday 8th September - Saturday October 28th, 2023|
|How to watch||ITV|
|Odds||New Zealand 11/4, France 3/1, South Africa 10/3, Ireland 5/1|
Ranked as the favourite in the Top Tournament Tryscorer market leading into the 2023 World Cup, it’s little surprise to see New Zealand winger Will Jordan as a serious contender.
Jordan has been a revelation in an All Blacks jersey since making his international debut in 2020.
The winger, who has also impressed at full-back, has made 25 appearances for New Zealand, with 21 of those being starts.
In that time Jordan has managed to score an impressive 23 tries, and that is the reason why he’s the shortest price to score the most tries at this World Cup.
With matches to come in Pool A against the likes of Italy, Namibia and Uruguay, there should be plenty of opportunities for Jordan to add to his tryscoring tally on French soil.
Damian Penaud (France) - 13/2
The player to finish top of the tryscorer standings in the Six Nations this year, France finisher Damian Penaud is another wing to look out for in this market.
With 29 tries in 44 appearances for his country, Penaud has emerged as one of the best wingers in the game.
Tremendous support lines, vast individual skill and a knack of being in the right place at the right time, Penaud has the lot and is worth considering to score the most tries at this World Cup.
Mark Telea (New Zealand) - 8/1
The man potentially on the other wing to Jordan for the All Blacks, Mark Telea has made an impact despite coming to the international scene slightly later than some.
Making his debut for New Zealand just last year, the 26-year-old from Auckland has made a bright start to his time with the All Blacks.
Scoring three tries in his first five matches for his country, Telea’s speed and finishing ability make him a real threat in the wide channels.
Telea is deservedly in the mix and is certainly capable of bagging a few tries in a reasonable pool for the All Blacks.
Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa) - 14/1
A player who helped South Africa to World Cup glory at the last tournament in 2019, Cheslin Kolbe will be looking to have another major impact in this competition.
The diminutive winger has the same frame as some of the great smaller wingers of the past, with the likes of Shane Williams and Jason Robinson springing to mind.
With electric pace and footwork that has the ability to bamboozle defenders, Kolbe has ways of scoring tries seemingly out of nothing.
Deceptively strong also, Kolbe has scored 12 tries in 27 matches for the Springboks. Perhaps not as good as the return of some of the other contenders in this market, he is still a player worth considering.
A joint-top tryscorer in the 2022 Six Nations, James Lowe will be hoping to add to his tally of 10 tries for his adopted country at the Rugby World Cup.
The New Zealand-born winger has a somewhat loose way of play about him which stands out in the structured game that has served Ireland so well in recent years.
The Irish are one of the main contenders to go far into the latter stages of the competition and, if they do progress from their pool, which contains South Africa and Scotland, then Lowe should have more opportunities for tries.
Lowe has been a prolific finisher for club side Leinster and has continued the trend he started by impressing at his former team the Chiefs back in New Zealand.
The 31-year-old has growing international experience and will be determined to make his mark in what will be his first World Cup appearance for the Irish.