rugby championship

We select a XV based on the best players from South African, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina who will be playing in the 2015 Rugby Championship…

15.Israel Folau

When at his absolute best, nobody is close to Folau, however he did have a disappointing end to the season. His ability to make something from nothing makes him the stand-out option here though.

14.Ben Smith

Impossible not to include Smith given his performances over the last couple of years. May not be as flash as Folau, but he is definitely more consistent in everything he does.

13.Conrad Smith

Much like his brother, he isn’t going to stand-out for length of the field breaks, however his ability to bring others into play and defensive organisation make him a key man.

12.Matt Giteau

Giteau may not have played international rugby for four years, however he has proven himself against the best Europe has to offer time and again for Toulon.

11.Julian Savea

On his day, Savea is virtually unplayable and can almost win games single-handedly. If he fires during the Rugby Championship, then the All Blacks could really dominate.


10.Dan Carter

Despite his recent injury issues, Carter still remains one of the finest players to have ever graced rugby. If he can remain fit throughout the tournament then he could have a huge impact.

9.Aaron Smith

Smith is currently the form player in the Southern Hemisphere and will be looking to carry his Super Rugby form over onto the international stage.

8.Kieran Read

In the absence of Duane Vermeulen, Kieran Read is the stand-out number 8 in the world, especially if he can get back to his form of a few years ago.

7.Richie McCaw

The old master still remains the best in the world at what he does. His ability to disrupt opponents, and lead his side is completely invaluable.

6.Francois Louw

The Springbok flanker has become a key player for his country, especially after another stand-out season for Bath where he narrowly missed out on a Premiership winners medal.


5.Brodie Retallick

The current World Rugby player of the year, Retallick will play a key role in the All Blacks engine room as he tries to help his side retain their title.

4.Eben Etzebeth

The Springboks lock has become a hugely influential player for his team, especially given his age, and will likely play a key part for them this year.

3.Owen Franks

The experienced tighthead is a stand-out option in a position that isn’t exactly overflowing with options.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Argentinian captain has been a stand-out player for Los Pumas over the last 12 months, and will be vital in their bid to claim a scalp this year.

1.Marcos Ayerza

Ayerza remains one of the very best scrummaging props in the world, and will be expected to help the Los Pumas front row battle it out.