With the end of season internationals now finally over we take a look at the current Southern Hemisphere XV based on their form over the last 12 months…
A super season in Super Rugby sees him narrowly edge out Willie le Roux in this side. Folau is almost the complete package now, and continues to be the Wallabies most potent threat in attack.
Ben Smith is quite simply one of the most complete players in world rugby right now. It seems that no matter where or whom he plays he is always capable of moments of magic.
The award for most improved player of the year has to go to Kuridrani who continues to improve for the Wallabies and is now a key man for them ahead of the World Cup.
12.Jean de Villiers
It’s such a shame that de Villiers could potentially miss the World Cup next year after the outstanding year he has had both for club and country where he let his experience and leadership show.
Savea is currently just about the most threatening offensive player in world rugby. Whether he gets the ball five metres out or in his own 22 there’s always a chance he might score.
Foley takes the 10 shirt almost by default given the injuries and poor form of most of his competitors. Despite this he has still had an outstanding 12 months and deserves his spot in the team.
Smith is currently head and shoulders above any other scrum half in world rugby right now. He seems to always be one step ahead of everyone else on the field at all times.
The Beast is another who takes his shirt more as a default option than anything else. He has however been a key man for both club and country as he continues to be a fans favourite.
Los Pumas players are often overlooked in teams such as this, however the recent form of Creevy, particularly in the November Internationals dictates that he takes a place in the side.
Franks has been the best tighthead in the Southern Hemisphere over the last 12 months by some margin and is now a key man for the All Blacks ahead of the World Cup.
Despite missing periods of the last 12 months with injuries, Etzebeth has bounced back well in the end of year tours and showed the Springboks what they were missing whilst he was away.
The fact Rettalick was voted World Rugby Player of the Year is more than enough justification for his inclusion after an outstanding 12 months for the All Blacks lock.
The blindside selection wasn’t the easiest in this side but based on recent performances Kaino just about edges it after breaking back into the All Blacks side.
McCaw is quite simply one of the greatest rugby players to have ever graced the game, and he continues to prove this fact as he leads the All Blacks into next year’s World Cup.
Vermeulen can consider himself extremely unlucky to have missed out on the World Player of the Year award, but he can still be proud of his efforts for the Springboks over the last 12 months.
Do you think this Southern Hemisphere XV could beat our Northern Hemisphere XV?