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 Pro12…

15.Rob Kearney

Stuart Hogg deserves an honourable mention here, however Kearney’s continued solid performances for club and country see him edge in just ahead for the time being.

14.Tommy Bowe

Bowe seems to continue to get better with age as he is a regular name on the scoresheet for both Ireland and Ulster.

13.Alex Dunbar

Dunbar’s ability to play at 12 or 13 has seen the Glasgow man become a key player for both club and country where he regularly puts in top class performances.

12.Robbie Henshaw

Henshaw could be on the move this summer, however he has emerged as the likely successor to Brian O’Driscoll having gone toe-to-toe with some of the best in the world.

11.Tommy Seymour

Glasgow’s Tommy Seymour has really come on leaps and bounds over the last 18 months and has been a key component of the recent success of both club and country.


10.Finn Russell

Dan Biggar was a close second here, however for me Russell’s form of late has been just a bit too good to ignore as he goes from strength to strength.

9.Conor Murray

Since the Lions tour in 2013 Murray has really upped his game and must now be considered the outstanding scrum half in the northern hemisphere.

8.Jamie Heaslip

Heaslip is another whose stepped up since the Lions tour and looks like a potential captain for both club and country.

7.Sam Warburton

Warburton has come in for a lot of unnecessary criticism over the last couple of years however is continuing to prove critics wrong for club and country.

6.Sean O’Brien

O’Brien’s injuries have come as a big blow to Ireland and Leinster, however his return will be a welcome boost as he will be looking to re-establish himself ahead of the World Cup.


5.Alun Wyn Jones

Jones continues to get better with age as he has helped Ospreys deal with the loss of a number of key players in the pack.

4.Paul O’Connell

O’Connell is another one who continues to get better with age as his tireless work rate helps inspire Munster and Ireland.

3.Samson Lee

Lee still has years ahead of him to develop, however he is already proving to be one of the very best tightheads in the northern hemisphere.

2.Rory Best

Best regularly puts in top notch performances for both Ireland and Ulster as he looks to continue to develop and establish himself in the Ireland starting XV.

1.Cian Healy

Healy’s injuries have hampered him somewhat over the last 12 months, however his return will be a huge boost for Leinster and Ireland.

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