With the end of season internationals now finally over we take a look at the current Northern Hemisphere XV based on their form over the last 12 months…
Kearney has become an integral member of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side over the last 18 months as his all round game seems to have improved notably.
Bowe is quite simply a try scoring machine and will be a key man for Ireland to keep fit as they attempt to retain their Six Nations title in the next couple of months.
Injuries have somewhat hampered Tuilagi over the last 12 months, despite this he has still made an impact whenever fit, particularly when turning out for Leicester who he helped into the play-offs.
Fofana has had a difficult year or two in a struggling French side that hasn’t played to his strengths, but he now finally seems to be getting the opportunity to prove his class once more.
The form of Seymour has been overlooked by many recently, but the Glasgow and Scotland man has been in fine try scoring form for club and country and has been a major factor in their improving fortunes.
Sexton may have initially struggled to adapt to life playing in the French capital, however he seems to have put those problems behind him and now looks one of the most complete 10’s in the world right now.
The impressive form of Murray in the last 12 months has been nothing short of outstanding. He has now become one half of a dominant half back partnership for Ireland.
Injuries have somewhat hampered Healy over the last year or two, despite this however, when he does play he looks like one of the very best props in world rugby.
Hartley’s had one hell of a year, having lead Saints to a European and Domestic double, whilst also emerging as a key man for England on the international stage.
Many England fans feared the worst when Dan Cole was ruled out for several months, however Bath tighthead David Wilson ensured his name has barely been mentioned when discussing England recently.
4.Alun Wyn Jones
It has been a tough 12 months for Wales in a number of respects, however Alun Wyn Jones has been one of their most consistent performers and continues to be integral to their pack.
It seems age really isn’t an issue for O’Connell as he continues to produce time after time. His experience and aggression is key in the Irish pack, whilst his leadership skills are of incredible value.
Gorgodze has been one of the most outstanding loose forwards in Europe over the last few seasons and was a key target for big spending Toulon over the summer for his form.
After agreeing to a central contract earlier this year it seems Warburton has finally been able to concentrate on his rugby and get back to the great form that saw him appointed captain of Wales.
For years now Parisse has been one of the most outstanding Number 8’s in the world. He has single handedly kept Italy in games over the years and continues to lead by example
Do you think this Northern Hemisphere XV could beat our Southern Hemisphere XV?