The Premiership XV

We decided it would be interesting to take a look at the strongest XV each major league in the world could field, here’s our team for the Premiership…

15.Mike Brown

Brown may not quite be matching his form of early 2014 right now but he is still a regular stand-out performer in the Premiership and a key man for Harlequins.

14.Vereniki Goneva

Leicester’s biggest signing last season was securing Goneva on a new deal after he finished the Premiership’s top try scorer in 2013/14 despite playing large parts of the season at centre.

13.Manu Tuilagi

Injuries may have plagued Tuilagi over the last 12 months, however when fit he is still one of the most powerful players in the Premiership, regularly putting Leicester on the front foot.

12.Kyle Eastmond

One position in the Premiership lacking world class talent is inside centre, however Eastmond has been in great form for Bath this season so deserves an inclusion.

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11.George North

North’s form for Wales may have been a little hot and cold but he has been tearing it up for Northampton over the last year and a half seemingly scoring tries at will.

10.Nick Evans

Evans is still one of the classiest operators in world rugby and regularly proves it in the Premiership where he brings a full compliment of skills to the fore for Harlequins.

9.Danny Care

Care is another international who has struggled somewhat to hit his highs of 12 months ago, but there’s no arguing that when he is at his best he is the stand-out nine in the league.

8.Samu Manoa

Manoa is quite simply one of the finest loose forwards in world rugby right now and will be a huge loss to Northampton when he departs at the end of the season.

7.Francois Louw

Since arriving at Bath Louw has turned himself into one of the finest opensides in the world and has earned a starting place in the current Springbok side.

6.Dan Braid

Braid may be the most unlikely name on this list, however his performances for Sale since arriving from New Zealand have helped lift them out of the doldrums into regular top six contenders.

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5.Courtney Lawes

It doesn’t seem to matter whether Lawes is playing for club or country, even in pre-season games he always brings incredible intensity and his trademark huge hits to the side.

4.Joe Launchbury

Injuries have limited Launchbury’s game time over the last 12 months, however when fully fit he is one of the most impressive second rows in the northern hemisphere.

3.Dan Cole

Cole is yet another player to have struggled with injury recently, however his return for Leicester has been a welcome relief as his dominant scrummaging and tireless work rate is hard to replicate.

2.Dylan Hartley

Hartley may be seen as the pantomime villain, however when he avoids doing something stupid he is one of the very best hookers in the world right now.

1.Marcos Ayerza

Ayerza isn’t just the best loosehead in the Premiership, but possibly in the world and would be likely to walk into almost any team right now.

Who would make your Premiership XV?

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  1. You have got to have Ashley Johnson in there he has a huge impact in every game he has played this season!

  2. Nick Evans over myler,ford and hodgson. That’s a joke.

  3. 01: – Alex Corbisiero – Northampton – England
    02: – Schalk Brits – Saracens – South Africa
    03: – Dan Cole – Leicester Tigers – England
    04: – Joe Launchbury – Wasps – England
    05: – Brad Thorn – Leicester Tigers – New Zealand
    06: – Ashley Johnson – Wasps – South Africa
    07: – Francois Louw – Bath – South Africa
    08: – Samu Manoa – Northampton – USA
    09: – Kahn Fotuali’i – Northampton – Samoa
    10: – George Ford – Bath – England
    11: – George North – Northampton – Wales
    12: – Kyle Eastmond – Bath – England
    13: – Manu Tuilagi – Leicester – England
    14: – Jonny May – Gloucester – England
    15: – Mike Brown – Harlequins – England

    16: – Richard Hibbard – Gloucester – Wales
    17: – Marcos Ayerza – Leicester Tigers – Argentina
    18: – David Wilson – Bath – England
    19: – Courtney Lawes – Northampton – England
    20: – Nathan Hughes – Wasps – England/Fiji
    21: – Danny Care – Harlequins – England
    22: – Danny Cipriani – Sale Sharks – England
    23: – Vereniki Goneva – Leicester Tigers – Samoa

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