Hi, guys. Nominate who you consider to be the best in their position (Rugby Union) in 2009. Will later add these names to a poll. My picks for a best in the world XV; 15: Juan Martin Hernandez (ARG) Honorable mention: Lee Byrne (WAL), Mills Muliaina (NZL) 14: Tommy Bowe (IRE) Honorable mention: Cedric Heymans (FRA) Shane Williams and Joe Rokocoko have not impressed me this year. 13: Brian O'Driscoll (IRE) Honorable mention: Stirling Mortlock (AUS) Both getting on in years but still the best. Kahui and Fourie are my picks for the future. 12: Matt Giteau (AUS) Brilliant player and although playing at pivot, I reckon he is the best 12 in the world even if upstaged at 10 by Daniel Carter. Honorable mention: Berrick Barnes (AUS), Ma'a Nonu (NZL), Jean de Villiers (RSA), Jamie Roberts (WAL) 11: Bryan Habana (RSA) Getting back to his best one brilliant game at a time. Honorable mention: Sitiveni Sivivatu (NZL) 10: Daniel Carter (NZL) The scary thing is that he hit the ground running after coming back from injury and one can only see him getting better. Honorable mention: Matt Giteau (AUS), Stephen Jones (WAL) 9: Fourie du Preez (RSA) Simply peerless with the likes of Gregan having moved on. Honorable mention: Mike Philips (WAL) 8: Sergio Parisse (ITL) The Italian captain is a one man team and it is a pity he does not have the base to work from on the international stage that he does at club level. Honorable mention: Pierre Spies (RSA) 7: Richhi McCaw (NZL) Honorble mention: George Smith (AUS), Thierry Dusautoir (FRA), Juan Smith (RSA) possibly the most underrated player in international rugby 6: Rocky Elsom (AUS) Honorable mention: Schalk Burger (RSA), Yannick Nyanga (FRA) 5: Victor Matfield (RSA) Sheer class. Honorable mention: Ali Williams (NZL), Alun Wyn Jones (WAL) 4: Bakkies Botha (RSA) I don't think many non-South African realise the impact the donkey work he goes through has on a game. Honorable mention: Paul O'Connell (IRE) 3: Carl Hayman (NZL) In a class of his very own. Honorable mention: Adam Jones (WAL) 2: Bismarck du Plessis (RSA) To displace hooker and captain John Smit to prop speaks for itself. Honorable mention: John Smit (RSA), Kevan Mealamu (NZL) 1: Tony Woodcock (NZL) Honorable mention: Martin Castrogiovani (ITL), Tendai Mtawarira (RSA) There you have it. I have to concede that my picks, as objective as I try to be, will almost certainly be biased in favour of RSA and SH teams as this is what I know best.