Our final part of our World XV, our coaches edition, to boss our fearsome forwards and our brilliant backs. We’ve picked a head coach, backs coach, forwards coach, attack & skills coach and defence coach.
Head Coach- Joe Schmidt
The Ireland head coach has transformed Ireland into the second best team in the world in a post O’Driscoll world building a squad of youthful exuberance and huge talent.
He is also the mastermind behind a very successful Leinster team, the most consistent side in European club rugby. Schmidt is possibly the best man manager in rugby and continues to defy odds with his small pool of players as Ireland continue their run of wins.
Backs Coach- Gregor Townsend
The former Glasgow boss has brought the electric attacking rugby he had there to th international arena with his Scotland side.
He seems to be getting the best out of a talented backline containing the likes of Huw Jones, Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell. Scotland look the real deal under the former fly-half, he knows how to construct an attack.
Forwards Coach- Mario Ledesma
The former Argentine hooker was the man that solved the former joke of world rugby, the Australian scrum. He’s a miracle worker and has had a fairly strong start to his tenure as Argentina head coach.
Wins over South Africa and beating Australia in their own backyard is no mean feat. Ledesma can build a very dominant pack and knows the set piece inside out.
Defence Coach- Shaun Edwards
The defence guru. He has become known for his ability to coach a defence. His long running partnership with Warren Gatland has taken him to the heights of domestic rugby with English side Wasps and international rugby with Wales.
Shaun Edwards is one of the best rugby minds in the world, he is certainly the man to lead our defence.
Attack & Skills Coach- Wayne Smith
The second Kiwi on the list. This man is often mooted as the mastermind behind the All Blacks efficient, slick attacking play that has made them one of the most entertaining sides in the world.
Smith is a wonderfully talented coach and the teams he has bossed always do the basics extremely well, which is vital to any team succeeding.
So our final line-up is below.
1 Cian Healy 2 Malcolm Marx 3 Tadhg Furlong 4 Brodie Retallick 5 Maro Itoje 6 Peter O’Mahony 7 David Pocock 8 Kieran Read
9 Conor Murray 10 Beauden Barrett 11 Rieko Ioane 12 Owen Farrell 13 Jonathan Davies 14 Jacob Stockdale 15 Stuart Hogg
HC Joe Schmidt FC Mario Ledesma BC Gregor Townsend DC Shaun Edwards A&SC Wayne Smith
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