Team of the week: Emerald gems

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:44
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OPINION: It has been a weekend of records - especially the Irish, who embarrassed the bumbling Springboks in Dublin.

It is not a surprise the men from the Emerald Isle dominate rugby365's famous weekly selection.

There are six Irishmen in our starting XV.

This is double the next best - with Australia and England both producing three starters.

New Zealand (two) and Scotland (one) make up the numbers.

There is plenty of reward for the All Blacks in our back-up squad. Four Kiwis are bubbling under, followed by Australia (three), Ireland and Scotland (two each).

Wales, Italy, Samoa and Georgia (one each) make up the numbers.

Team of the week - November, Week One:

15 - Kurtley Beale (Australia):
He is everything that is good about the Wallaby attack. And they thought the Wallabies would struggle without Israel Folau.
Bubbling under: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

14 - Andrew Conway (Ireland):
Showed South Africa what a world-class wing should be able to do.
Bubbling under: Waisake Naholo (New Zealand)

13 - Huw Jones (Scotland):
No sure if his constant commuting this past year - between South Africa and Scotland - will catch up with him, but he remains world class and a form centre.
Bubbling under: Tevita Kuridrani (Australia)

12 - Bundee Aki (Ireland):
The Springbok midfielders' reputations lie in tatters in Dublin.
Bubbling under: Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

11 - Rieko Ioane (New Zealand):
It was to be expected - a dominant forced against quality opposition.
Bubbling under: Halom Amos (Wales)

10 - Johnny Sexton (Ireland):
It was a tough call, but the way he dictated terms against the Springboks saw him edge a good collection of flyhalves.
Bubbling under: Ian McKinley (Italy)

9 - Conor Murray (Ireland):
The avalanche if aerial bombs cause the Springbok backs plenty of problems. They will have nightmares about it for some time to come.
Bubbling under: Will Genia (Australia)

8 - Nathan Hughes (England):
The powerful loose forward is settling in nicely as a regular in the England squad.
Bubbling under: Christiaan Stander (Ireland)

7 - Sam Underhill (England):
Not flash, but does all the hard work that allows other players to be flash.
Bubbling under: Michael Hooper (Australia)

6 - Peter O'Mahony (Ireland):
He made it looks as if the Irish had an extra loose forward on the field.
Bubbling under: Piaula Fa'asalele (Samoa)

5 - Samuel Whitelock (New Zealand):
He is another player who is not flash, but gets through a tremendous amount of work.
Bubbling under: Iain Henderson (Ireland)

4 - Adam Coleman (Australia):
Powerful carries and made a mountain of tackles.
Bubbling under: Luke Romano (New Zealand)

3 - Tadhg Furlong (Ireland):
His meteoric rise in the international game is continuing.
Bubbling under: Levan Chilachava (Georgia)

2 - Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia):
There is life left in them old legs.
Bubbling under: Stuart McInally (Scotland)

1 - Mako Vunipola (England):
He does so much more than just scrumming.
Bubbling under: Kane Hames (New Zealand)

Our individual selections:

Leezil Hendricks XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Will Genia, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 George Kruis, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Kane Hames.

Ian Cameron XV: 15 Kurtley Beale , 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Halom Amos, 10 Ian McKinley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Piaula Fa'asalele, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Peter O'Mahony, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Mako Vunipola.

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