top 14

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 Top 14…

15.Scott Spedding

Many outside of France probably hadn’t heard of Spedding before the 2014 end of year internationals but he made a name for himself in a French shirt and now looks set for a huge 2015.

14.Sitiveni Sivivatu

Sivivatu has been the stand-out winger in France over the last couple of years as the former All Black continues to impress with his physicality.

13.Wesley Fofana

Fofana is more likely to be found at inside centre but the possibility of him interchanging with Giteau was too tempting to ignore so the impressive French centre slips in.

12.Matt Giteau

Giteau has been one of the best signings by Toulon during their ‘Galacticos’ era and has regularly outshone even Jonny Wilkinson during his time in the Top 14.


11.Rene Ranger

Ranger was a huge loss to the All Blacks when he decided to depart for Montpellier and has continued to demonstrate why this is the case over the last year.

10.Johnny Sexton

Sexton may be on his way out of France at the end of the season, but his form over the last 12 months has continue to improve as he prepares for the World Cup.

9.Rory Kockott

Kockott has been a stand-out performer in the Top 14 for a number of years now and rightly received a call up to Les Bleus at the end of 2014.

8.Sergio Parisse

Parisse continues to be one of the classiest forwards in world rugby as he leads his Stade Francais side at the top of the Top 14 going into 2015.

7.Steffon Armitage

Since his move to Toulon, Armitage has developed into one of the very best loose forwards in the northern hemisphere resulting in continued calls for him to return to the England fold.

6.Thierry Dusautoir

Captain of both club and country, Dusautoir is the heartbeat of both sides as he looks to help them bounce back from the disappointments of last season.


5.Bakkies Botha

Botha may be set to retire at the end of the season, however he continues to be a key player in an impressive Toulon pack.

4.Mamuka Gorgodze

Gorgodze is more regularly found in the back row, however he has been too good in the Top 14 over the last few years to leave out of the side.

3.Carl Hayman

Hayman is another Toulon star set to retire at the end of the season, however his performances for the Top 14 side have seen rumours emerge of a shock return to the All Blacks side for the World Cup.

2.Benjamin Kayser

France have somewhat struggled in the hooking department over the last year or two, however Kayser looks to be the best bet on this front based on current form.

1.Thomas Domingo

Domingo may be rapidly approaching his 30’s, however like many good props he seems to be getting better with age and has become a key player for club and country.

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