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Rugby World Cup 2019: The two Gloucester Rugby players left at this year’s tournament in Japan

Gloucester Rugby will continue to be represented at the semi-final stage at this year’s Rugby World Cup.

England’s Willi Heinz and South Africa’s Franco Mostert have played their part in getting their national teams into the critical match-ups of the competition.

Both players could yet find themselves battling each other in the final if their respective national sides manage to advance on the weekend with England pitted against New Zealand and South Africa facing Wales.

Willi Heinz

Position: Scrum Half
Age: 32
Nationality: England
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 89 kg

The New Zealand-born player qualifies to represent the England through his Hampshire grandmother and has featured in every game in the side’s journey to the semi-finals.

The player is only one of two scrum-halves in the England squad alongside Leicester Tigers Ben Youngs, who himself is the most capped scrum-half ever for the national team.

Heinz has so far made a total of 112 passes, nine carries and four tackles when coming off the bench at the competition and will undoubtedly feature in the next fixture against his home-country.

However, his tackling success rate stands at 57% and the 32 year-old has a single handling error against his name whilst also failing to register any points.

Before the tournament began former England international Danny Care accused the national side of ‘picking someone from another country’ after Heinz was selected ahead of him.

The Kiwi convert responded to the comments by saying: “Do I feel like I have to defend myself to the team? No, because no one in the team is asking questions about me on that side of things and at the end of the day the rules are the rules.”

Heinz has featured 63 times for Gloucester Rugby after his switch from he Crusaders in Super Rugby, scoring eight tries.

He also has a win percentage of 48.41% when playing for the Cherry and Whites, winning 30, losing 34 and drawing once in the games he has played in.

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Franco Mostert

Position: Lock
Age: 28
Nationality: South Africa
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 112 kg

After signing for Gloucester last season, Mostert found himself as the only pick from the team’s South African contingent.

The player is currently at his first ever World-Cup, where he boasts an impressive 83% tackling success rate during the five matches he has played.

Despite not scoring any points so far, Mosert has made 20 runs, 19 carries and only three handling errors.

He also featured in their recent quarter-final victory tussle over tournament holders Japan, where South Africa eventually won 26-3.

After arriving at Kingsholm from the Golden Lions, the lock has played in 14 matches, nine of which were victories, with the remaining five being losses, leaving the player with a 64.28% win percentage when performing in the Premiership.

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