Pick Your RWC 2011 Team of the Tournament: The Forwards

With the tournament now finished, we want you to pick your team of the Rugby World Cup from the nominees below. Today, pick your forwards. What’s more, leave your email address at the bottom and you could win a copy of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Video Game, either on Xbox or PS3.

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23 thoughts on “Pick Your RWC 2011 Team of the Tournament: The Forwards

      1. If Sean O’Brien had played as a blindside, I’d imagine he might well be listed but whilst he didn’t embarass himself at openside, he is certainly not up there with the best

        1. That’s funny. He’s listed as one of the elite 5 IRB players of the tournament.
          I agree that McCaw and Pocock were a bit better, but not Warburton.
          As captain, you need to know the rules intimately – what you can and can’t do. I think it should have been yellow, but it was in 50/50 territory or 40/60 however u call it. Even if there was a 20% chance he could have seen red it was rash, and a bad move as captain, a reckless gamble. In that moment, we also saw the great leadership of Dusaoutoir who calmed down the French players rage, right after.

  1. Some players who aren’t listed in the poll but that I might well choose above those that are…

    1. Gethin Jenkins
    2. Bismarck du Plessis
    3. Adam Jones
    7. Jacques Burger / Mamuka Gorgodze / Maurie Faasavalu
    8. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe / George Stowers

    Honourable mention goes to the entire Tongan pack for their performance against France

    1. Welsh props were seen off when it mattered, stowers ok in patches and Lobbe injury blighted his efforts.

      1. Steve R, when were the Welsh props seen off when it mattered?

        No Welsh bias here but the only time they were in trouble was when Jones went off injured and that was against the French, one of the best scrums in the tournament

        Jenkins may be a very good prop but he was never going to make up for the deficencies of Paul James on his own (and even then they only lost 1 out of 7 scrums)

  2. Can someone please tell me why Richie McCaw was not up for IRB Player of the Year?

    I realise that he has already won it three times, and is currently a back-to-back holder of the award. That’s no reason to be out of the mix though!

    Surely he has been immense as ever this year, not to mention the small accolade of raising the Webb Ellis trophy and being the stand-out back rower of the tournament.

    1. Didn’t he spend some time off for injury? I think the number of tests a person played will help accumulate points.

  3. Would have liked to be able to vote for Charteris alongside Thorn. Don’t think any of the looseheads were particularly impressive… but then what would I know, as a poncey back

  4. 1. Tony Woodcock
    2. William Servat
    3. Juan Figallo
    4. Patricio Albacete
    5. Dani Roussouw
    6. Thierry Dusatoir
    7. Sam Warburton
    8. Kieran Read

  5. Have to say that I think the Welsh props are a bit hard done by not to be in the mix. Adam Jones was a rock for their pack until his injury and Gethin Jenkins had a great campaign. This comes from an Englishman!

    Also tend to agree that Thorn and Charteris were probably my pick of the best two locks.

    Healy was excellent at times, but not consistent enough for my mind.

  6. I went for Pocock for two reasons. the first was his performance in the south africa game, simply one of the best individual performances i’ve ever seen. the 2nd reason was how bad the aussie pack was without him vs ireland, if he had played aus would have one that game.

    1. It’s won, not ‘one’ and you don’t know that Aus would have won. I might give you the benefit of the doubt if Aus got within 7 but they didn’t and you’re obviously English – so 2 reasons NOT to give you the benefit of the doubt..
      Depth in squad is also very important. Aus were missing Beale (best FB in the world with Dagg) and Quade against Wales, as well as half their first choice forwards!! You still have to go out and win. It’s not handed to you. And when England host the WC in 2015, you’ll still have to go out and win it (hopefully without ref support, media propaganda etc.) It shouldn’t be handed to you..

  7. Here’s ‘manalien’s ( http://www.theroar.com.au/2011/10/21/my-2011-rugby-world-cup-dream-team/ )
    team for the rugby world cup.
    Also, he picked it before the final, so it’s less fish-brained:

    15. Israel Dagg
    Honourable mentions: No real competition here, maybe had Leigh Halfpenny had more game time he could have challenged, same goes for Francois Steyn.

    14. Chris Ashton
    Honourable mentions: Cory Jane, Vincent Clerc.

    13. Jamie Roberts
    Honourable mentions: Manu Tuilagi, Jacques Fourie.

    12. Ma’a Nonu
    Honourable mention: Maxime Mermoz.

    11. Alesana Tuilagi
    Honourable mentions: Digby Ioane, Richard Kahui, Shane Williams.

    10. Felipe Contepomi
    Honourable mentions: Rhys Priestland, Morne Steyn.

    9. Mike Phillips
    Honourable mentions: Piri Weepu, Taniela Moa.

    8. Toby Faletau
    Honourable mentions: Kieran Read, James Haskell, George Stowers, Imanol Harinordoquy.

    7. Sam Warburton
    Honourable mentions: David Pocock, Sean O’Brien, Richie McCaw; Thierry Dusautoir.

    6. Jerome Kaino
    Honourable mentions: Schalk Burger, Dan Lydiate, Stephen Ferris, Julio Caballas.

    5. Danie Rossouw
    Honourable mentions: Luke Charteris, James Horwill, Lionel Nallet.

    4. Brad Thorn
    Honourable mentions: Patricio Albacete, Donnacha O’Callaghan.

    3. Owen Franks
    Honourable mentions: Adam Jones, Juan Figallo, Martin Castrogiovanni.

    2. Bismarck Du Plessis
    Honourable mentions: Marius Tincu, Mahonri Schwalger, Keven Mealamu; William Servat.

    1. Cian Healy
    Honourable mentions: Gethin Jenkins; Jean-Baptiste Poux.

  8. 1-Gethin JENKINS-WALES 2nd Choice-1-Tony WOODCOCK-NZ
    2-William SERVAT-FRANCE 2-Bismarck DU PLESSIS-FRA
    3-Owen FRANKS-NZ 3-Adam JONES-WAL
    11-Shane WILLIAMS-WALES 11-Richard KAHUI-NZ
    12-Conrad SMITH-NZ 12-Ma’a NONU-NZ
    14-George NORTH-WALES 14-Cory JANE-NZ
    15-Israel DAGG-NZ 15-Leigh HALFPENNY-WAL

    Team of the tournament-WALES
    Player of the tournament-ISRAEL DAGG (Would of been Warbuton if it had not been for that red card against France which for the record I don’t think was even a Yellow just a penalty.)

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