Rugby World Cup Schedule 2015: Latest Standings, Top Points-Scorers and Fixtures

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2015

Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez during the Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at the Leicester City Stadium, Leicester, England, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez leads the way for the most points scored at the Rugby World Cup 2016, as the Pumas look prepared to take their place in the next round.

South Africa's Handre Pollard is close behind his fellow fly-half—just five points adrift—and with his country's superior chance of progressing to the final, he is favoured to leapfrog the South American.

The pool stage is nearly over, with the hosts England out of the competition. Here are the latest standings in each group, with the top points-scorer totals, and upcoming fixtures: 

Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B
1South Africa430117656416
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool C
1New Zealand330012740214
Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool D
Rugby World Cup 2015: Top Points-Scorers
RankPlayerCountryPoints Scored
1Nicolas SanchezArgentina51
2Handre PollardSouth Africa46
3Ayumu GoromaruJapan45
4Bernard FoleyAustralia41
5Dan BiggarWales36
6Owen FarrellEngland35
7Greig LaidlawScotland34
8Frederic MichalakFrance33
9Nemani NadoloFiji33
10Theuns KotzeNamibia31
Rugby World Cup 2015: Remaining Pool Fixtures
DateTime (BST)Fixture
Friday, Oct. 98 p.m.New Zealand v Tonga
Saturday, Oct. 102:30 p.mSamoa v Scotland
4:45 p.m.Australia v Wales
8 p.m.England v Uruguay
Sunday, Oct. 1112 p.m.Argentina v Namibia
2:30 p.m.Italy v Romania
4:45 p.m.France v Ireland
8 p.m.USA v Japan

Sanchez Kicks Argentina To Success

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina kicks at goal during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty I
Stu Forster/Getty Images

The big points always come from the boots of rugby union's fly-halves and full-backs, and Argentina are no different to any other nation, with Nicolas Sanchez's kicking the difference for the Pumas thus far.

The South American nation have relied heavily on the player to get them through the rigours of Pool C, with Sanchez scoring 51 of their 115. 

He has scored nine penalties, eight conversions and a solitary drop goal to his name during the competition, as well as a try, which takes his average to 17 points-per-game, according to the Rugby World Cup website

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04:  Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina dives over for their third try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by St
Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sanchez has also been one of the driving forces on the pitch, carrying 104 metres with the ball in hand, keeping Argentina going forward. 

The player was the star of the show as his side grabbed a bonus-point win against a difficult Tonga side, with football legend Diego Maradona watching on in the crowd, per Sam Long of the Evening Standard.

Tonga could not deal with Sanchez and the Pumas' play, capitulating 45-16 at Leicester. 

BBC Sport's Iain Carter highlighted the fly-half's immense contribution during the battle with Tonga:

The Argentinians should qualify for the knockout phase with ease in their final game, with the hurdle of Namibia not expected to test Sanchez and his team-mates. 

Pollard Leads South Africa Revival

South Africa's loss to Japan wrote World Cup history earlier in the pool stage, with the former champions humbled by one of the minnows of the tournament.

But the Springboks have recovered in strong fashion, with fly-half Handre Pollard giving his side plenty of extra points from his kicking game.

As Bryan Habana made World Cup history—becoming the joint all-time try scorer—Pollard's boot has supplemented the team to steady the ship.

Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

Pollard's 11.5 points per game has helped bury the embarrassment of the Japan defeat, and South Africa comfortably made the knockouts. 

The shock of the Japanese loss has seen the Springboks burst back into life, proving a bad defeat can be the best tonic in the early phase of a tournament. Pollard and his team-mates look focused and hungry as the latter stages commence, with Habana set to take the undisputed try record for himself. 

The top points-scorer chart looks set to be dominated by fly-halves deep into the competition, with Pollard hoping to add to his 46 points as South Africa eye the quarter-finals and beyond.