The Autumn Nations Series produced some sparkling rugby auguring well for next year's Rugby World Cup in France.AFP Sport picks out some new faces whose displays suggest they could be major players in the sport's showpiece:Mark Nawaqanitawase (Australia)From the wreckage of their historic defeat against Italy, he emerged as one enormous positive.
Easy to spot with his mop of curls, the 22-year-old impressed against world ranked number one side Ireland. Then with so many experienced players missing against Wales, and trailing 34-13, he shone in what was only his third Test.
He scored two tries and was pivotal in the game-winning one to cap an extraordinary comeback.Nawaqanitawase is not just a finisher.
Something of a free spirit, it is his ability to drift in from his wing and pop up in the centres that caused mayhem in the Welsh defence. "The boys never lost belief," he said - he turned that belief into reality and it could be the turning point for Dave Rennie's side. Jimmy O'Brien (Ireland)The Leinster man looked immediately at home in Test rugby when he replaced injured centre Stuart McCloskey in the first-half of the 19-16 win over world champions South Africa.More crucially for both his and Ireland's Test future, the 25-year-old showed he can play in several positions as he started at fullback against Fiji then the wing against Australia.O'Brien, who like his provincial and international team-mate Hugo Keenan, came through the sevens set-up, showed himself strong in defence, and his powerful left foot kicked the Irish out of trouble on several occasions.Whether his strength of being able to play several positions is also his weakness in gaining a regular starting spot head coach Andy Farrell is delighted to haveRead more on news24.com