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# Skills
MacGinty, Nadolo and even a bit of SBW in our 9 plays of the Rugby World Cup week
Here’s a selection of our favourite passes, breaks and big hard boshes from the World Cup’s first eight games.

AT THE VERY highest level, which is where we are with the Rugby World Cup, matches are made up of hundreds if not thousands of actions and interventions that can swing the flow of a game. (NOTE. There are gifs ahead, so you may feel the need to connect to Wifi)

Every Monday during England 2015 we’ll pick out some of our favourite flashes of skill, inspiration and straight-up boshfulness that made us ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’.

Opening night jitters? Not for Nemani Nadolo

The Fijian wing showed brilliant athleticism to get his near-20 stone frame off the ground to score his side’s opening try, but when on terra firma he was seriously tough to put down.

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Sonny Bill puts it on a plate for Milner-Skudder

Of all people, to drop a perfect offload! We expected more from you, Nehe.

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U.S.A! U.S.A! U.S.A!

Dubliner Aj MacGinty’s thrilling break brought the Eagles back into the game against Samoa.

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Big Sam Burgess gets England over the gainline

England’s rugby league import shows his big game nous by resisting the temptation to either fling the pill wide or run over the tired defender. Instead, he checks his stride and makes sure his hands are free to offload to Brown.

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Nice to have you back, Juan Martin Hernandez!

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Alesana Tuilagi goes all Lomu on Chris Wyles

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Niko Matawalu (almost) gives an early try-of the-tournament contender

Astounding pace from the former Glasgow scrum-half, and he would have gotten away with it had it not been for that pesky replay on the big screen.

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Opening minute BOSH from Thretton Palamo

The one-time youngest man to play at a Rugby World Cup is all grown up.

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History created by a hand-off

Lelei Mafi created the space and gave the pass to allow Karne Hesketh create the shock of all shocks.

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What were your favourite moments of the weekend?

See a full analysis of Japan’s other crucial second half try here

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