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Powerade Hero of the Day: Thierry Dusautoir

Powerade Hero of the Day: Thierry Dusautoir

Strange as it may seem to single out a World Cup loser for special praise on such an occasion, the French captain deserves acclaim for a truly inspirational performance in defeat to the All-Blacks.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Aaron Cruden

Powerade Hero of the Day: Aaron Cruden

Cory Jane and Israel Dagg may have been the All Blacks fighting it out for the official Man of the Match award but the one who really caught our eye was Aaron Cruden.

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Powerade Hero of the Day: The Welsh warriors

Powerade Hero of the Day: The Welsh warriors

After captain and star man Sam Warburton was sent off, the rest of the Wales players put in an incredible performance which ended in an agonising one-point defeat to France.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Ma'a Nonu

Powerade Hero of the Day: Ma'a Nonu

The dreadlocked and occasional eyeliner-wearing All-Blacks centre was a key figure in New Zealand's scrappy quarter-final win over Argentina.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Jamie Roberts

Powerade Hero of the Day: Jamie Roberts

As much as it grates to have to honour one of Ireland’s opponents, there was no denying the excellence of Wales’ powerhouse centre Jamie Roberts in Wellington.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Tommy Bowe

Powerade Hero of the Day: Tommy Bowe

Like Keith Earls last weekend, Ireland were served well against Italy by a winger who seems to be coming to the boil at just the right time.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sione Kalamafoni

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sione Kalamafoni

There could have been any number of Tonga players singled out for special praise after their incredible victory over France, but we’ve gone for back row Sione Kalamafoni  after an immense display.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Keith Earls

Powerade Hero of the Day: Keith Earls

Today’s Powerade Hero of the Day is Keith Earls, a man who was back to his scintillating best against Russia in Rotorua.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Richie McCaw

Powerade Hero of the Day: Richie McCaw

There were better All-Black performances than Richie McCaw’s against France, but today was all about honouring the inspirational All-Black captain on the occasion of his 100th cap.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Vincent Clerc

Powerade Hero of the Day: Vincent Clerc

As Ireland have done so often in the past, Canada discovered earlier today that you don’t want to come up against Vincent Clerc on a good day.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sean O'Brien

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sean O'Brien

On a day when there were so many Irish heroes we could have chosen any man in green, but for us, Sean O’Brien stood out above the rest.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Toby Faletau

Powerade Hero of the Day: Toby Faletau

Sadly, our hero of the day is not an Irish player, but a Welsh back row forward who carried the fight to the reigning world champions and was particularly unlucky to come out on the losing side.

Powerade Hero of the Day: James Arlidge

Powerade Hero of the Day: James Arlidge

Midway through the second half of their World Cup opener against France, Japan were in with a shout of one of rugby’s biggest ever upsets, thanks in no small part to the contribution of out-half James Arlidge.

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sonny Bill Williams

Powerade Hero of the Day: Sonny Bill Williams

New Zealand were a few degrees below their ultra-impressive norm in a 41-10 win over Tonga this morning, but Sonny Bill Williams was one All Black who really caught the eye.

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