Pro12 producing stars in bucket loads

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 10:25
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: combined total of 84 players from the Pro12 were involved in victories over 2015 World Cup semifinalists in November.

Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales all scored impressive wins against Southern Hemisphere opposition. 

Victories over Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa were achieved with the bulk of players selected playing their rugby in the Pro12.

In addition, 17 new caps were awarded among the four competing unions in the Pro12 during November as the Championship continues to produce elite international talent.

Ross Ford of Edinburgh nd Rory Best of Ulster also achieved two significant milestones. Ford won his 100th cap for Scotland against Australia on November 12 while Best also became an international centurion against the Wallabies during Ireland's victory on November 26.

Martin Anayi, Chief Executive for the Pro12, has hailed the efforts of both players who have played their entire careers in the Championship.

"Ross and Rory have both captained their clubs, their countries and toured with the British and Irish Lions and on behalf of everyone across the Pro12 I offer my congratulations on a truly phenomenal achievement," Anayi said.

"Both players have made incredible contributions to club and country while showing impeccable character. As they have forged their careers in the Pro12, you can only admire the qualities displayed by Ross and Rory as they set the highest of standards on and off the pitch."

New caps won by home-based players in the Pro12:

Italy: 

Giorgio Bronzini (Benetton Treviso) v New Zealand, November 12
Simone Ferrari (Benetton Treviso) v South Africa, November 19
Nicola Quaglio (Benetton Treviso) v South Africa, November 19

Ireland: 

Joey Carberry (Leinster) v New Zealand, November 5
Garry Ringrose (Leinster) v Canada, November 12
Dan Leavy (Leinster) v Canada, November 12
James Tracey (Leinster) v Canada, November 12
Luke McGrath (Leinster) v Canada, November 12
Billy Holland (Munster) v Canada, November 12
Jack O'Donoghue (Munster) v Canada, November 12
John Ryan (Munster) v Canada, November 12
Niyi Adeolokun (Connacht) v Canada, November 12

Scotland: 

Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) v Argentina, November 19
Allan Dell (Edinburgh) v Australia, November 12
Ali Price (Glasgow) v Georgia, November 26

Wales: 

Cory Hill (Cardiff Blues) v Australia, November 5
Sam Davies (Ospreys) v Australia, November 5

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