World XV: Part One

We at Rugby360 are passionate about rugby. Here is our Dream Team. Think you could do better, let us know in the comments.

1 Cian Healy (Ireland)

The Ireland prop was resurgent last season. At 31 he is in his prime for a prop, expect him to wrestle with Leinster teammate Jack McGrath for the starting berth in the green of Ireland. A monster in the scrum.

2 Malcolm Marx (South Africa)

The most dynamic hooker in world rugby. This season he has also improved his set piece game one hundred times over. One to watch this autumn.

3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Massive for the Lions and he is continuing to improve. Furlong is redefining the role of a tighthead prop. Nobody can match the Irish prop for all round ability.

4 Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)

This man could probably play lock, flanker, centre or out on the wing. He’s quick, powerful, dominant in the lineout. The best second row in the world, a formidable partner to Sam Whitelock.

5 Maro Itoje (England)

Too good to leave out. He was a bit lacklustre for England last term but in his early season games for Saracens he certainly looks to have his swagger back. A future England captain in the making.

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6 Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)

Hugely influential for both his province and country. O’Mahony is great on the floor almost like a second openside but works so hard in the loose too. A real leader.

7 David Pocock (Australia)

The greatest openside in the game. Unrivalled at the breakdown, the turnover king. Pocock has all the attributes needed to be one of the best opensides of all time. Not as quick as Hooper, Todd or Kolisi but so much better in every other department.

8 Kieran Read (New Zealand)

Lucky that Billy Vunipola has had his share of injuries. Read is the quintessential All Black. Gives his all on the field, never settles for second best, a testament to the longevity of the All Blacks and an asset to any team.

There are our forwards picks! Stay tuned for our backs tomorrow!

 

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