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After a huge year for rugby in 2015, we select the top performing players in our team of the year based on club and international performances…

15.Ben Smith

Probably the most consistent full back in the world right now, Smith was absolutely solid for champion All Blacks and Highlanders.

14.Nehe Milner-Skudder

The breakthrough player of the year, Milner-Skudder was sublime during the Super Rugby season and stepped it up for the All Blacks.

13.Ma’a Nonu

Nonu played predominantly at 12 this year, however his form has been too good this year for him to be left out of the team.

12.Matt Giteau

Giteau was brought back into the Wallabies fold to great effect having had another superb season for European champions Toulon.

11.Juan Imhoff

The Argentine winger was one of the stars of his sides World Cup run and looks set for bigger things in 2016.


10.Dan Biggar

Whilst Dan Carter received the plaudits for his World Cup performances, Biggar has been consistently performing all year long for the Ospreys and Wales.

9.Aaron Smith

Smith has not only just been the best scrum half this year, but is arguably the best player in the world right now after a Super Rugby and World Cup double.

8.Duane Vermeulen

Injury somewhat hampered Vermeulen’s season, however he came back strong in the World Cup and is looking good for Toulon.

7.David Pocock

Given his injury problems last year, the way Pocock bounced back this season has been nothing short of sensational.

6.Scott Fardy

Whilst Pocock and Hooper did the flashy stuff, Fardy was busy getting his hands dirty allowing them to do their thing at the World Cup.


5.Leone Nakarawa

The Glasgow and Fijian lock has had a sensational year after winning the Pro12 title and putting in a number of stand-out performances at the World Cup.

4.Brodie Retallick

Retallick followed up on last seasons fine form with another of stand-out performances for both club and country.

3.Sekope Kepu

The turnaround in the Wallabies scrum was unbelievable, and was in large part down to the incredible improvements of Kepu this year.

2.Agustin Creevy

The Argentinian hooker has been the standout player in his position for some time now, and shows no signs of slowing down.

1.Marcos Ayerza

Ayerza has once again proven that he is the best scrummaging prop in the world right now with a series of impressive performances.