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Team of the Week: It is All Black

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:23
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New Zealand, who again showed why they are the No.1 team in the world, dominate rugby365's famous weekly selection.

Not only do they provide more than half of the members of our starting XV, but there are another five All Blacks in our back-up squad.

That is the result of their emphatic demolition of England at the weekend.

The other team well represented this week is Australia, who have four players in our frontline selection.

Wales (two) and South Africa (one) make up the numbers in our starting XV.

Apart from New Zealand's five players in our back-up squad, England and Australia (three each) are next best in the 'bubbling under' department.

Wales and South Africa (two each) make up the numbers.

Only two players return from last week - flank Michael Hooper (Australia) and lock Brodie Retallick (New Zealand).

Teams of the Week - June, Round Three:

15 - Ben Smith (New Zealand):
He may have missed a few tackles, but was potent with ball in hand.
Bubbling under: Willie le Roux (South Africa)

14 - Cory Jane (New Zealand):
His best performance of the year, by some distance.
Bubbling under: Alex Cuthbert (Wales)

13 - Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand):
Could make it tough for Conrad Smith to get back in if he continues to produce performances like these.
Bubbling under: Jonathan Davies (Wales)

12 - Jamie Roberts (Wales):
The veteran taught his young opponent a few lessons.
Bubbling under: Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)

11 - Julian Savea (New Zealand):
It was not just his hat-trick, he made the England defenders grasp thin air on numerous  occasions.
Bubbling under: Marland Yarde (England)

10 - Bernard Foley (Australia):
Beginning to make the No.10 jersey his own.
Bubbling under: Freddie Burns (England)

9 - Aaron Smith (New Zealand):
Created more than just a few problems for the English.
Bubbling under: Ben Youngs (England)

8 - Taulupe Faletau (Wales):
Maybe he didn't make as many metres as some others, but 18 tackles - without missing one - says all about the value he brought to his team.
Bubbling under: Wycliff Palu (Australia)

7 - Michael Hooper (Australia):
Simply the best No.7 around.
Bubbling under: Richie McCaw (New Zealand)

6 - Francois Louw (South Africa):
His impact on the ground and with ball in hand may have been limited, but on defence he was flawless.
Bubbling under: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)

5 - Will Skelton (Australia):
The find of the international season, living up to the promise he showed in Super Rugby.
Bubbling under: Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)

4 - Brodie Retallick (New Zealand):
The best enforcer around.
Bubbling under: Rob Simmons (Australia)

3 - Owen Franks (New Zealand):
Powerful scrumming, good carries and flawless on defence.
Bubbling under: Jannie du Plessis (South Africa)

2 - Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia):
Still the most reckless, but at the same time effective, defender.
Bubbling under: Dane Coles (New Zealand)

1 - Tony Woodcock (New Zealand):
Probably his best game at Test level in years.
Bubbling under: James Slipper (Australia)

Our individual selections:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Michael de Vries XV: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Darryn Pollock XV: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Previous selections:

Teams of the Week - June, Round Two: 15 Willie le Roux (South Africa), 14 Lucas González Amorosino (Argentina), 13 Conrad Smith (New Zealand), 12 Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand), 11 Bryan Habana (South Africa), 10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), 9 Fourie du Preez (South Africa), 8 Duane Vermeulen (South Africa), 7 Michael Hooper (Australia), 6 Tom Wood (England), 5 Geoff Parling (England), 4 Brodie Retallick (New Zealand), 3 David Wilson (England), 2 Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa), 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp (Springboks).

Teams of the Week - June, Round One: 15 Israel Folau (Australia), 14 Adam Ashley Cooper (Australia), 13 Manu Tuilagi (England),  12 Wynand Olivier (World XV), 11 Nick Cummins (Australia), 10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), 9 Fourie du Preez (South Africa), 8 Duane Vermeulen (South Africa), 7 Chris Robshaw (England), 6 James Haskell (England), 5 Sam Carter (Australia), 4 Bakkies Botha (South Africa), 3 Carl Hayman (World XV), 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau (Australia), 1 Sona Taumalolo (World XV).

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