After a riveting few weeks of international matches, we’ve put together the 15 players we think performed best over the course of the autumn internationals. Unsurprisingly, it has a distinct Southern Hemisphere flavour to it, with Wales’ George North and England’s duo of Tom Wood and Joe Launchbury the only players from the Six Nations sides to make the team.
Ireland and France will feel hard done by, but put simply, they failed to register a win against top level opposition – for some of the Ireland players’ brilliance against NZ, there was an equally abject performance the week before against Australia. The consistency was not there.
TRB’s Autumn 2013 XV:
15. Israel Folau (Australia)
14. Julian Savea (New Zealand)
13. Ben Smith (New Zealand)
12. Jean de Villiers (South Africa)
11. George North (Wales)
10. Quade Cooper (Australia)
9. Fourie du Preez (South Africa)
1. Marcos Ayerza (Argentina)
2. Stephen Moore (Australia)
3. Owen Franks (New Zealand)
4. Joe Launchbury (England)
5. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
6. Tom Wood (England)
7. Michael Hooper (Australia)
8. Kieran Read (New Zealand)
Honourable mentions go to: Mike Brown, Charles Piutau, Nick Cummins, Ma’a Nonu, Wesley Fofana, Bismarck du Plessis, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Richie McCaw, Toby Faletau.
What do you make of our selection? Would you change anything?
By Jamie Hosie
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Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images