BOD and a Noughties XV

13 01 2010

God of Centres?

There is news this morning that Brian O’Driscoll has been honoured with yet another award to go with his burgeoning collection. The (succinctly named) English Rugby Union Writers Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award will be awarded to him tonight although BOD won’t be present due to his preparations for Leinster’s Heineken Cup game against Brive this weekend. This is to go with the Rugby World Magazine accolade announced last week, in which BOD was named player of the decade.

BOD has been one of the true stars of the decade and this award is thoroughly deserved. If BOD was the best 13 of the decade who was the best 12 or 9 or 4 for that matter? In an attempt to answer these questions please have a look at the team selected below and see if you agree! (13 days in to the new decade is a bit late for this so please forgive us!)

15. Mils Muliaina (NZ)
14. Jason Robinson (Eng)
13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ire)
12. Tana Umaga (NZ)
11. Doug Howlett (NZ)
10. Jonny Wilkinson (Eng)
9.  Justin Marshall (NZ)
8. Lawrence Dallaghio (Eng)
7. Richie McCaw (NZ)
6. Richard Hill (Eng)
5. Victor Matfield (SA)
4. Martin Johnson (Capt) (Eng)
3. Carl Hayman (NZ)
2. Keith Wood (IRE)
1. Martin Castrogiovanni (Ita)

Honourable mentions to: Dan Carter, Bakkies Botha, Fourie Du Preez, Bryan Habana, Augustin Pichot, Serge Betsen, Damien Traille.

This selection was very difficult and was full of tricky decisions across the board. Carter and Wilkinson are virtually inseparable, scrum half was difficult with few stand out performers (our first choice of Van de Westhuizen didn’t play enough in the 2000’s to be considered), and there are many brilliant wings to choose from.

Do you disagree with any of the selections? Leave comments below.

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