The Planet Rugby Team of 2009!

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Bullitt, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest,25883,1...5813357,00.html

    So here's the big one! As voted for by you, by hundreds of emails, here is the Planet Rugby XV of 2009 - replete with bench.

    15 Rob Kearney
    - Leaving aside a peculiar performance against the Scarlets in the Heineken Cup right at year's end where he trebled this year's spilled high ball count, Kearney has been fantastic. A siege gun boot has helped him through ELV issues, while once given the licence and freedom to roam and attack on the Lions tour he showed just what he can do. High point of the year was that try in the Lions' second Test.

    14 Tommy Bowe - It's not often you become a folk hero and have songs made and sung about you. But such was Bowe's form on the Lions tour (on and off the field), that he became the focal point of much of the affection of the touring hordes. All together now: Tommy...Tommy Bo-oooowwwwe!'

    13 BOD - It is a vast injustice that, in the year when he sealed his 100th cap for his country by sailing through a gap for a last-minute equalising try and led the Lions once again to victory with every sinew, Brian O'Driscoll missed out on the IRB Player of the Year award. But some scant consolation may come from the fact that he is the captain of this year's team...

    12 Jamie Roberts
    - One of those who skipped the 'Newbies' list and made it straight into the senior XV, Roberts deservedly took the Lion of the Tour' gong for his destructive running power in the middle of the park.

    11 Bryan Habana
    - This one was a close one, with Sitiveni Sivivatu less than 20 votes behind. But - and once again, probably courtesy of the Lions tour and his team's success - Habana clinched it on account of his ability to be a little more reliable at the back.

    10 Matt Giteau - While Australia have floundered, Giteau's sparkling form - with on glaring exception - never let up. At times early in the year, it occasionally seemed like Giteau taking on the entire opposition. But once Australia did gel in that final game against Wales, we saw just how devastating Giteau's maverick talents can be.

    9 Fourie du Preez - Our Player of the Year (when there's no sentimentality taken into account anyway), Du Preez is a shining example of how to execute a game-plan down to it's final crossed 't', as well as adding to it along the way.

    8 Jamie Heaslip - An old school rumbler of a number eight who eschews video analysis and dieting for a heck of a lot of hard yards and work, Heaslip had a fantastic year.

    7 Heinrich Brüssow - Pushed up from the 'Newbies' list after Schalk Burger's moments of injury/idiocy* and thrust into the limelights of a Lions tour, Brüssow is now South Africa's top openside in his own right. There can be no greater compliment than this fact: Brüssow so eclipsed Richie McCaw this year that the Kiwi did not get enough votes to even feature on the bench!

    * - delete as applicable

    6 Rocky Elsom - How many people can say they won a continental championship, headed to the other side of the world and became captain of a top eight country, all within a year? Rocky Elsom can...

    5 Victor Matfield
    - The vote for second-row was a close-run thing between all the people vying for a spot to partner a man who is surely now deeply ensconced in South African rugby folklore.

    4 Bakkies Botha - That race to partner Victor Matfield mentioned above? Bakkies won it by eight votes, the tightest call of the entire team.

    3 Martin Castrogiovanni
    - Italy and Leicester's cornerstone had a comparatively quiet year, but his was the performance that helped dismantle an All Black scrum in Milan in November.

    2 Bismarck du Plessis
    - Light years ahead of all others in this position, Du Plessis had hooker after hooker come his way and leave with tails between legs. And a couple of tighthead props for that matter. And we've not yetmentioned his line-out throwing.

    1 Gethin Jenkins
    - The world's most athletic prop, with the ability to play either side of the scrum if need be. Could you ask for any more? Indicative of Jenkins' success was the number of South Africans who gave him the nod ahead of their very own 'Beast'.

    The Bench
    - These were the players in their respective positions who garnered the second-highest number of votes - but for Smit, Robinson and Parisse, it was also a case of tallying up the total votes from the two positions people had voted them in for, which allowed us scope to factor in a degree of versatility to our pine-riders.

    16 John Smit
    17 Benn Robinson
    18 Paul O'Connell
    19 Sergio Parisse
    20 Will Genia
    21 Morne Steyn
    22 Sitiveni Sivivatu
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  3. Jer1cho

    Jer1cho Guest

    No Dan Carter? ROFL. Otherwise, spot on!
  4. King_D'Arcy

    King_D'Arcy Guest

    I wonder what the New Zealanders will think of this
  5. monkeypigeon

    monkeypigeon Guest

    Dunno why Will Genia is on the bench. No doubt a great player (to be) but he only took the place of Burgess at the very end of the tri-nations and then only played 1 particularly impressive game.

    Thought Phillips was better throughout the year.

    Besides that (and it's not that big a deal) I'd agree. And Giteau wasn't particularly great at outhalf this year. So like Jericho said....where's Carter?
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Monkeypigeon @ Dec 31 2009, 01:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    Mostly injured at USAP and doing between little and f*** all for the rest of the season.
  7. Charles

    Charles Guest

    This list is bullshit coz no French or Argie took part in the poll. Anglo bias...
  8. Bullitt

    Bullitt Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Charles @ Dec 31 2009, 02:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
  9. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Honestly though guys like Barcella, Harinordoquy, Lobbe, Servat, Roncero wouldn't be out of place in this list. The bench is a joke. Benn Robinson ?
  10. Prestwick

    Prestwick Guest

    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie..lay off that Suntory gut rot and take another look!

    Thats a great list!
  11. Charles

    Charles Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Prestwick @ Dec 31 2009, 03:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    I'm not sayin it's a bad list I'm sayin no french guys or Argies took part in the poll hence France and Argentina are not represented.
  12. feicarsinn

    feicarsinn Guest

    How do you know none took part?
  13. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Well I can't speak for Argies but the french rugby fans are not the most curious and english spoken guys in the world, you know...
  14. jawmalawm24

    jawmalawm24 Guest

    Ranked no.1 in the world and we can only get 1 player in the list on the subs bench we must be useless. No Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and maybe Corey Jane he's been playing awesome in the Anz Cup, Super14 and the All Blacks I think he at least derserves a mention maybe on the bench somewhere.
  15. candybum

    candybum Guest

    I second that on Cory Jane, he's been the mantis this year.
  16. Nickdnz

    Nickdnz Guest

    ...Wow. One New Zealander, on the bench.

    Just wow.
  17. durbutter

    durbutter Guest

    Look NZ, let us have our fantasy teams, while ye go on winning everything thats going.

    Except the world cup. ~

    Pressures on.

    Bet Oz will do it. the pricks, as if they won't win some other sporting event in that year. swimming or some ****. at least the ire will have the horses and jockeys. and gambling addicts.

    "Oh the hills are groaning with excess, like a table ceaselessly being set" Name the Artist ( i know i'll fell like an awful cock in the morn)
  18. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    Gethin Jenkins over Benn Robinson?

  19. QLD

    QLD Guest

    Matt Giteua was terrible this year yet he continues to get praise for his poor efforts

    Crap team
  20. Charles

    Charles Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Fushitsusha @ Jan 1 2010, 04:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>


  21. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Charles @ Jan 1 2010, 02:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>



    I gather you don't watch rugby?
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