Your Team Of The RWC 2011: The Results

Over the last few days, we’ve asked you to vote for who you think performed best from 1-15 at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Over 3000 votes later, here is your team:

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. William Servat, 3. Nicolas Mas, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Lionel Nallet, 6. Thierry Dusautoir, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Imanol Harinordoquy, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. Rhys Priestland, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Jamie Roberts, 13. Aurélien Rougerie, 14. George North, 15. Israel Dagg

Of the winners, no one received more votes than the try scorer in the final, Tony Woodcock, with 153.

Meanwhile below, here are our writer’s picks:

Ben:
1. Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2. William Servat, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Lionel Nallet, 6. Thierry Dusautoir, 7. David Pocock, 8. Toby Faletau, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. Rhys Priestland, 11. Cory Jane, 12. Jamie Roberts, 13. Aurélien Rougerie, 14. James O’Connor, 15. Israel Dagg

Hutch:
1. Tony Woodcock, 2. William Servat, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Toby Faletau, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. Rhys Priestland, 11. Digby Ioane, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Jamie Roberts, 14. George North, 15. Israel Dagg

Rachel:
1. Rodrigo Roncero, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Martin Castrogiovanni, 4. James Horwill, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Thierry Dusautoir, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Radike Samo, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. James Alridge, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Jamie Roberts, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 14. George North, 15. Israel Dagg

Stu:
1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 3. Adam Jones, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Imanol Harinordoquy, 9. Mike Phillips, 10, Rhys Priestland, 11. Vincent Clerc, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Jamie Roberts, 14. George North, 15. Israel Dagg

Christine:
1. Gethin Jenkins, 2. Mario Ledesma, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Victor Matfield, 6. Adam Kleeberger, 7. David Pocock, 8. Imanol Harinordoquy, 9. Morgan Parra, 10. James Alridge, 11. Alesana Tuilagi, 12. Berrick Barnes, 13. Manu Tuilagi, 14. Max Evans, 15. Israel Dagg

Paul:
1. Jean-Baptiste Poux, 2. William Servat, 3. Nicolas Mas, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Lionel Nallet, 6. Thierry Dusautoir, 7. Sam Warburton, 8. Toby Faletau, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. Rhys Priestland, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Jamie Roberts, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Vincent Clerc, 15. Israel Dagg

35 thoughts on “Your Team Of The RWC 2011: The Results

  1. I can’t think that any of these selections played badly – looks like the two best packs made it to the final. Maybe Johnno did know what he was doing after all!!!

  2. Yes, I disagree on Rougerie. He was decent in the final with a few decent carries, but until then he contributed very little.

    Same goes for Harinordoquy in my book, who wasn’t even picked to start with (not that that necessarily speaks volumes in French rugby!). I reckon competition at 6 and 7 were too tight, and people felt like they had to have a French back row player in their side.

    A few leftfield selections in your team Christine…particularly the backs!

    1. Yes, a novice selection. I like this one, copied and pasted directly from theroar:

      15) Dagg 14) North 13) Rougerie 12) Roberts 11) Jane 10) Priestland 9) Tanaka 8.) Parisse 7) Pocock 6) Kaino 5) Nallet 4) Charteris 3) Franks 2) Du Plessis 1) Healy

      Generally, on their site, these 2 following players are much more popular with users: Healy, North

      1. and from user ‘Ben S’ of theroar:
        Mr personal choices:

        1. Healy (Ireland), 2. Du Plessis (SA), 3. Figallo (Argentina), 4. Rossouw (SA), 5. O’Connell (Ireland), 6. Kaino (NZ), 7. Warburton (Wales), 8. Faletau (Wales);
        9. Yachvilli (France), 10. Priestland (Wales), 11. Kahui (NZ), 12. Roberts (Wales), 13. Tuilagi (England), 14. Jane (NZ), 15. Dagg (NZ)

        16. Best (Ireland), 17. Franks, Owen (NZ), 18. Gorgodze (Georgia), 19. O’Brien (Ireland), 20. Weepu (NZ), 21. O’Gara (Ireland), 22. Nonu (NZ

  3. You’ll forgive me if I give more credit to SH rugby fans. This list is smeared with bias:
    5 out of their 7 contributors picked Healy at 1. The other two picked Steenkamp at 1.
    Generally, their selections are quite different.

      1. Do you work for the roar? Do you have your own opinion?

        I have to say though, how 6 French players got in given they were absolutely appalling up to the final I don’t know. Could be that they were a team carried by a few outstanding players while NZ didn’t have too many standouts but were a better team across the board.

    1. Healy was in my team at one stage, but swapped him for Woodcock in the end. I’m a big fan of Healy and thought he had a great few matches, the game against Aus, but ultimately I think TW contributed more throughout the RWC.

      1. It crossed my mind :)
        Don’t mind me. I’m still bitter about the manner of Ireland’s defeat to Wales.

        Just to annoy you, I have selected a XV with 3 Irish players! heehee
        Don’t mind me ;)

        1. Healy 2. Du Plessis 3. Franks 4. Horwill 5. Thorn 6. Dusautoir 7. Pocock 8. Samo 9. Murray 10. Steyn 11. Ioane 12. Nonu 13. O’Driscoll 14. Clerc 15. Dagg

        It’s a very Irish-biased combination of youth and experience.

  4. Healy before Jenkins? I know he was only just fit, but even so Jenkins played some blinders.

    My choice
    1. Gethin Jenkins 2. Kevin Mealamu 3. Owen Franks 4.Brad Thorn 5. Lionel Nallet 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Richie McCaw 8. Toby Faletau 9. Fumiaki Tanaka 10. Rhys Priestland 11. Alessano Tuilagi 12. Maa Nonu 13. Jamie Roberts 14. Corey Jane/George North (undecided) 15. Israel Dagg

    Only one I’m completely undecided on is the right wing. Whilst North played some great running rugby, seriously putting his weight around, I think Jane just edges him out. Mainly because he has a little more finesse, and was great under the high balls.
    The reason for Tanaka sneaking in is his outstanding work rate. He was just great to watch.

    1. Healy, Samo, Yashvilli, O’Driscoll, Jane. Honestly, I told some friends of mine to watch out for Cory Jane in the match against Oz, and did he deliver. Uniquely brilliant player. Clerc would be my next pick after that if not before. Might have more bottle than Jane not being from New Zealand :) Phillips is your most dangerous player on the evidence so far. Very underrated player. After that, Faletau. Honestly, Wales are looking pretty good.

  5. Healy played as was expected in this WC – excellent in the loose, especially when the tight was so easy (against the minnows and a 2nd choice Aus front row) that he didn’t have to expend any energy in the scrum.

    Against Wales he was anonymous. This was because he had to concentrate on just about keeping it together in the scrum.

    He’s not a great front rower. He’s a good guy to have on the park in certain games but his scrummaging isn’t up to the standard required to get him into this XV selection.

    1. Healy is better than any one else in the NH, with there possible exception of Poux IMO. He’s much more popular with people that actually know about rugby it seems. No offense.

      1. Sigh, nice little “you don’t know about rugby” dig there. I am from the NH and I stand by what I say, he’s not a good scrummager. He’s pod in the loose but as the Wales game showed of you screw him down in the tight, which isn’t hard, you nullify his loose game as well. All this tosh about “people who actually know about rugby”, you mean people who agree with you obviously. Show some humility and accept that not everyone who disagrees with you is ignorant about rugby.

        1. “Show some humility and accept that not everyone who disagrees with you is ignorant about rugby.”

          No :)

          1. Don’t let Balon wind you up Brighty

            Healy is not a good scrummager. This is clearly demonstrated by the travails that the Irish scrum underwent until Mike Ross turned up and improved it immensely

            As Brighty says, Healy can just about do his job in the scrum. He is very good in the open, but he needs games against weak scrums to shine

  6. That might explain why Healy looked like a flanker in some games and was anonymous in others. Can’t really understand the love for Poux either. He wasn’t bad and held his own in the scrum, which admittedly is what he’s paid to do, but I didn’t think he offered as much in the rest of the game as some others.

    North is good as well but not yet a complete player – would pick Jane over him for this RWC. However watch out in four years time as he will be in his prime and will be experienced.

    1. I agree that North will get better – but at the mo I’d have Halfpenny in this team as well anyway, ahead of North. He was so reliable and sparked a lot of Wales counter attacking play. He knew when to kick and when to run, and when he ran he didn’t cough up the ball.

  7. Think there are some guys who are almost universally accepted as being in the team of the tournament; I’m thinking Mas, Thorn, Dagg, Roberts. Then there are some positions that are the opposite, almost impossible to call; openside flanker, wing, the other second row etc etc. After much umming and ahhing I reckon my team of the tournament would probably be:

    1) Jenkins 2) Mealamu 3) Mas 4) Thorn 5) Horwill 6) Dusautoir 7) Pocock 8) Read 9) Yashvili 10) Priestland 11) Kahui 12) Roberts 13) Ashley-Cooper 14) Jane 15) Dagg

    Was very close to including Kaino and maybe Nonu but I thought that might be a bit NZ heavy. Horwill/Nallet and Pocock/Warburton/O’Brien/McCaw were pretty much toss ups too.

  8. Does no one realise that dusautoir is actually frances openside keeping with french tradition and wearing the number 6?
    The team has two opensides now with no blindside. Jerome Kaino was the standout performer in the 6 shirt anyway.
    The openside choices should have been, Dusautoir, McCaw, Pocock or Warburton.

  9. Oh ok then, seeing as you’re all asking…i’ll throw in my tuppence-worth:

    1. Woodcock 2. Mealamu 3. Castrogiovanni 4. Nallet 5. Charteris 6. Dusatoir 7. McCaw 8. Read 9. Phillips 10. Priestland 11. Jane 12. Nonu 13. Tuilagi 14. Amorosino 15. Dagg

    Seriously though…that team is brilliant. Such balance, so many leaders, look at the combinations! Balon your 9, 10 combo is comedically woeful.

    …and if you’re wondering about my difficult decisions – Tuilagi beat Roberts because Tuilagi was in a ridiculously bad backline and still looked very good; Amorosino scored the best solo try in the most tense scenario and always looked sharp and quick – Kahui was close but not quite as spectacular; 8 was a tough call but only because there weren’t any stand-outs. Read put in some big hits and carries, Parisse was close but never saw him in a properly tense match. Carter almost got the 10 shirt for his first few games but he was never really tested. Priestland played very well under pressure.

    1. “Tuilagi beat Roberts because Tuilagi was in a ridiculously bad backline and still looked very good” – but the question is, would he have looked as good in a good backline as Roberts did? I don’t think so. I think Tuilagi is good but he has not shown anything to suggest he is better than Roberts.

      It’s a bit like the Parisse thing – people keep telling me he’d be the best no 8. in the world if he played for NZ or even Eng/Wal/Ire, I respond by saying that he wouldn’t get into the NZ side and would have some hefty competition for the other 3. Before this tournament he’d have had a good chance of getting 8 for Wales but I’m not sure I’d drop Faleatau for him now.

      It’s amazing (and well deserved) to see all the plaudits Priestland is getting. Nobody would have expected that before this tournament. Fantastic for the lad.

      1. I see what you mean re: Tuilagi/Roberts – it’s easier to shine amongst such bad company but i still think he’d edge Roberts at the RWC. Tuilagi has a better step/swerve and i reckon is a mite quicker. Roberts is better in defence and game management but one other thing also counted against Roberts for me (and i’m a massive fan of his) – he knocked the ball on at the end of the France game and (i think) the end of the Australia game. Very harsh i know but both those knock-ons ended the match.

        1. Just realised the last play of the Wales v Aus match was the try. I have made that up, but he did knock on at the end of the France match…didn’t he?

        2. All I know is Ireland had problems with both of them. Tiulagi against England in the warmup, and Roberts in the WC. Actually, Ireland lost to both teams by similar scores. We have some turnstiles in the tackle department that need to be addressed. Earls – too non-confrontational – and (the hopefully soon to be departing) D’Arcy – too old – are the chief culprits. Ireland are still inconsistent. Italy, and Aus were great performances. Wales, and the USA were not. Ireland were behind for only 5 minutes in all of Pool C. They were behind for 70 minutes against Wales. It was a disastrous game for us. Credit to Wales, but discredit to Ireland for that display.

    2. “Parisse was close but never saw him in a properly tense match.”
      Parisse was great against Ireland in the first half. He was slightly outshone by Heaslip but Italy were well in it at half time. It’s not his fault his team don’t have 80′ in them.

      With that in mind, I have made some amendments to your (admittedly good) selection:

      1. Woodcock 2. Mealamu 3. Castrogiovanni 4. Nallet 5. Charteris 6. Dusatoir 7. O’Brien 8. Heaslip 9. Phillips 10. Priestland 11. Jane 12. Nonu 13. Rougerie (thug) 14. Amorosino 15. Dagg

  10. Talking about centres, I think that it is interesting that a number of people wouldn’t have nonu (although many would). I was really impressed by his kicking in this tournament – he seems to have added that to his game on top of the colossal tackling and bullocking runs.

    As an englishman I’d still have Roberts at this RWC rather than Tuilagi, once again due to his slightly better all round game. In 12 months time that could all have changed as Tuilagi will develop, whereas Roberts has probably reached his peak. Same argument when chossing North or Jane on the wing.

    1. Nonu is half-assed at times. the little kick straight into French hands when the ball was spilled, showed he has off days on the grandest stage. He must have known they were in it with the ref. Sorry NZ fans! We’ll never let you forget about Joubert – worst WC ref in a final EVER. Bring forth robot refs. lol

      1. Nonu’s bad moments occur a hell of a lot less frequently than 3 or 4 years ago thankfully. I think he offers a wider range of attacking tricks than Roberts who can be a bit one-dimensional at times.

        And don’t worry, I am sure you will always be able to find NZ fans complaining about Suzie and Barnes for many more years to come!

  11. 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Bismarck DuPlessis , 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Luke Charteris, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Thierry Dusautoir (c), 8. Imanol Harinordoquy, 9. Mike Phillips, 10. Morgan Parra, 11. Vincent Clerc, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Richard Kahui, 14. Cory Jane, 15. Israel Dagg

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