Autumn Internationals: World XV

1 12 2010

As a bit of fun (but primarily due to a lack of other ideas today) we have decided to put together our World XV from the recent Autumn Internationals. We are trying to pick this team from the last four weeks only so please bear this in mind when commenting. This is not, perhaps, a list of the best players in the world – just the best players of the last four weeks!

With that in mind let us know your thoughts – who would you have picked?

15. Mils Muliaina

A shoe in quite frankly. Only Kurtley Beale came close to challenging this remarkable All Black. Never has a bad game and, in his way, is as crucial to the Kiwis as Dan Carter and Richie McCaw.
Honourable mention: Kurtley Beale. After these two – daylight.

14. Chris Ashton
Pace, power and will be part of what should be an excellent back three for some time to come.
Honourable mention: George North

13. Conrad Smith
Another obvious selection and a crucial ingredient to the AB’s back line.
Honourable mention: Adam Ashley-Cooper.

12.  Sonny Bill Williams
We know he was less effective against ireland, we know he played one game at 13… But, still, he was hugely exciting to watch and gets our vote!
Honourable mention: Nonu – another AB 12 which just shows the difficulty that Graham Henry is likely to have over the coming year!

11. Hosea Gear
Surely the AB’s first choice winger for some time to come. Had an excellent trip up north and is a devastating finisher.
Honourable mention: Drew Mitchell

10. Dan Carter
Who else?
Honourable mention: Toby Flood

9. Ben Youngs
Excellent Autumn series barring a slightly stop start performance against South Africa behind a battling pack. Showed he’s here to stay.
Honourable mention:  N0 one else stood out for us – maybe Will Genia?!

8. Kieron Read
Powerful, dynamic and part of the best loose forward combination in the world.
Honourable mention: Jamie Heaslip

7. Richie McCaw
Hardly a surprise!
Honourable mention: Pat Pocock

6. Jerome Kaino
One of the few consistently good Springboks over the last four weeks.
Honourable mention: Juan Smith

5. Victor Matfield
Silenced any critics who suggested he might be getting too old.
Honourable mention: Sam Whitelock

4. Courtney Lawes
Couldn’t resist putting him in… Excellent series and still in his early 20’s Lawes is a serious prospect.
Honourable mention: Brad Thorne

3. Martin Castrogiovanni
A serious prospect for opposing scrums, the Italian sneaks into the mix in a strongly contested spot.
Honourable mention: Adam Jones

2. Bismarck Du Plessis
Excellent work throughout the Autumn from the South African hooker. Carried all before him against England.
Honourable mention:  Kevin Mealamu for want of other options despite his 2 match ban.

1. Tendai Mtawarira
An awesome player who gets our vote against some very strong opposition in this position.
Honourable mention: Tony Woodcock

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1 12 2010
Jonathan

I am just not convinced by Tendai yet. I think Sheridan wins my vote, not only for solid scrummaging but his forays in the open, and that thundering tackle on Giteau(I think?!)

Can’t disagree with your other thoughts. Bismarck just gets better and better, how I don’t know and Kieron Read is just a fantastic player to watch. I think Lydiate is also worth an honourable mention, he was a true stand out in the Welsh line up.

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