Three Boks earn RWC XV nod

2011-10-24 15:15

Sport24 staff

Cape Town - Seven players from the World Cup-winning All Blacks fittingly make the RWC XV chosen by Sport24 after the conclusion of this year’s tournament.

VOTE: Rugby World Cup Team of the Tournament

GALLERY: Sport24 RWC Team of the Tournament

The combination, picked by a panel comprising Tank Lanning (publisher/editor), Rob Houwing (chief writer) and Garrin Lambley (managing editor), also includes three South Africans, despite their controversial exit at the quarter-final stage at the hands of Australia: hooker Bismarck du Plessis, flank Schalk Burger and lock Victor Matfield.

The remainder of the side comprises two Welshmen, two Australians and a lone Frenchman: although the brave losing finalists coming so close to upsetting the New Zealanders at Eden Park, we felt their two prior defeats in the group phase counted against broader French involvement.

Please note that we have employed the South African numbering system for the flanks; thus open-sider Richie McCaw, for example, is given the No 6 jersey here.

15 Israel Dagg (NZ)

There was the distraction at the tournament of veteran Mils Muliaina being awarded his 100th cap against Argentina in the quarters, but then it was Dagg all the way again: the young sorcerer was one of the standout new stars of this World Cup. He is considered to have all the skills required of a top-tier fullback ... and proved it, over and over again.

Next best: Pat Lambie (SA)

14 Cory Jane (NZ)

He’s a free spirit and not exactly averse to a mid-tourney dram or two, either! But the Hurricanes flyer also tended to be on best behaviour come RWC match-days, which must have served as redemption in the eyes of hard taskmaster Graham Henry. Seemed to do everything at exhilarating pace and with commendable purpose.

Next best: George North (Wal)

13 Adam Ashley-Cooper (Aus)

We had some problems getting to our choice here: outside centre was one of the positions perhaps not blessed with an abundance of obvious riches at RWC 2011. In the end the Wallabies’ “Mr Dependable” – always a forceful runner -- cracked the nod, shading the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Conrad Smith.

Next best: Brian O’Driscoll (Ire)

12 Jamie Roberts (Wal)

While it is true that his great physical attributes can make him seem a little one-dimensional at times, Roberts did produce some immense performances in the Land of the Long White Cloud – with none eclipsing the way he tore into the Irish like a man possessed in the quarter-final!

Next best: Ma’a Nonu (NZ)

11 Richard Kahui (NZ)

Fittingly, though unintentionally for purposes of this exercise, the versatile Kahui completes an all-New Zealand back three in this team – his positional play and soundness when tested by the high bomb or chip-through was almost always out of the top drawer.

Next best: Shane Williams (Wal)

10 Dan Carter (NZ)

The tremor that went through New Zealand when Carter got his freak training injury really summed up just what a core component of the All Black game-plan “DC” is. He was playing with customary flair, nous and unflappability until his setback – enough to remind the planet he’s without equal at No10.

Next best: Rhys Priestland (Wal)

9 Mike Phillips (Wal)

Back at his best at this World Cup, amidst a thriving Welsh team generally, the unusually imposing scrumhalf earns this spot even with a bit to spare. Scored fine, instinctive tries against Ireland in the quarter-final and France in the semi, too.

Next best: Piri Weepu (NZ)

8 Imanol Harinordoquy (Fra)

Truth be told, this remained a pretty ordinary French side despite their presence in the final. But one man to look consistently good for them was their lanky No 8: the 31-year-old was busy and creative in open play and always a factor at the back of the lineout. 

Next best: Toby Faletau (Wal)

7 Schalk Burger (SA)

A really close shave as the South African gets the nod over New Zealand’s similarly impressive blind-sider Jerome Kaino: Burger’s work-rate and zeal was simply immense from start to finish of the Boks’ involvement in the tournament.

Next best: Jerome Kaino (NZ)

6 Richie McCaw (NZ)

Few could begrudge this man lifting the Webb Ellis Cup, could they? McCaw truly led from the front in the overdue All Black success, and kept his mantle as best “pilferer” on the planet ... especially after outplaying a key pretender to the crown, David Pocock, in the semi-final.

Next best: David Pocock (Aus)

5 Victor Matfield (SA)

He may have missed out on the last two tourney rounds, and perhaps a questionable pick given that he also missed two games due to injury, but the Bok legend did more than enough in the lineouts and kick-ins when on the park to sneak into our team.

Next best: Luke Charteris (Wal)

4 James Horwill (Aus)

A late call from Australian coach Robbie Deans to install Horwill as captain of the canary yellows seemed to inspire the man to performances not seen from him prior to RWC. Absolutely immense in the tight-loose.

Next best: Brad Thorn (NZ)

3 Owen Franks (NZ)

The “people’s choice” might be the hairy Italian firebrand we have given an honourable mention to, but for an immovable object with a spine cut from titanium and straighter than your headmaster’s cane, look no further than the All Black tighthead.

Next best: Martin Castrogiovanni (Ita)

2 Bismarck du Plessis (SA)

Perhaps a controversial selection in that he started only one game, but on plain playing ability and more importantly the ability to change the course of a match, the Springbok impact player had no peer in the tournament.

Next best: Keven Mealamu (NZ)

1 Tony Woodcock (NZ)

Keeping Cantabrian Wyatt Crockett out of the All Black side is one thing, putting in performances rendering him a Super Rugby memory is extraordinary. His try in the final was the icing on a perfectly baked scrumming cake!

Next best: Cian Healy (Ire)


  • Lionel - 2011-10-24 15:25

    Schalk Burger,SA's player of the tournament...................

      Johan - 2011-10-24 16:39

      ...and Bismarck..?? .....why not John Smit...??? .......he he he he he ..!!

      Barry - 2011-10-24 18:45

      Go see who the scored the most points in this RWC. If Dan Carter is No1 at 10. Why is Morne not number 2

      Chloe - 2011-10-24 19:57

      Ja Pieter, and you could not pick bismark, what an idiot, YOU cost us the world cup, NOT the ref !!!

      Pieter - 2011-10-24 20:05

      Schalk Burger, player of the tournament … Full stop!

      Johan - 2011-10-25 08:32

      ...suggestion... .....the RWC XV can be coached by PDV and captained by John Smit... .......he he he he he he he he he he he he he he ..!!!!

  • Joseph - 2011-10-24 15:33

    what about PAT LAMBIE ?

      Jacqueline - 2011-10-24 15:57

      What about Francios Steyn?

      Jason - 2011-10-24 16:00

      Dagg was by far the best full-back in the tournament, runner up Lambie

      Christo - 2011-10-24 16:04

      What about him joseph?

      Chris - 2011-10-24 16:09

      He was mentioned as "next best player".

      Kevin - 2011-10-24 18:18

      Yes he was great

      Christo - 2011-10-24 20:09

      Lambie next best ahead of Halfpenny, Beal and Medad? You must be smoking your food!

      Gordon - 2011-10-25 11:07

      Ag dont you want the whole BOK team?

  • td.hlatshwayo - 2011-10-24 15:37

    dat team is just K*K......mayb the IRB had too much Heineken

  • nasheenar - 2011-10-24 15:41

    Nice going guys !!!!!

  • Inhlanzi - 2011-10-24 15:47

    Three boks earn RWC XV nod...selected by a panel of "experts" consisting of 3 South Aricans? So they each got to pick one Bok?

      Dale - 2011-10-24 17:02

      This XV selected by "Experts" is as good as yours and mine. Mediocre and expert is not the same thing.

  • Clive - 2011-10-24 16:10

    Dame good side with a great bench too.

  • Epher - 2011-10-24 16:12

    Its only their opinion, They are journalists, not experts.

  • craig.scannell - 2011-10-24 16:15

    Now really - like New24 knows who is the best in the world. Your views really have no influence. The article heading should say..3 boks get nod from new24. For a moment, when I read the heading, I thought this article will have some substance. Once again a useless article.

      Wesley - 2011-10-24 16:25

      haha, fully agree! i rate they didnt even watch any rugga! Carter didnt even play much. Morne Steyn shud have got in there before carter

  • Wesley - 2011-10-24 16:18

    how can they put Carter in? i dont remember him playing much of RWC 2011

      Blip - 2011-10-25 01:14

      Carter played enough RWC pre-injury to clearly stamp his authority, plus he totally commanded the 3N and the S15 in that number 10 shirt against all opponents. He's the best #10 ever - can pass, tackle, run, drop.. the lot.

      Wesley - 2011-10-25 08:27

      its a RWC team, not a S15 or TriNations team! 3 games against minnows isnt enough to stamp anything!

  • Zion - 2011-10-24 16:35

    After the Bokke fiasco playing in the Western Province team I would not trust them on Robbin Island. Just by the way: Kabelo of 7de laan is leaving the show. Keep it open for B. Habana who done sweet fanny adams in the WP side.

  • Frik - 2011-10-24 16:43

    morne steyn highest point scorer in the RWC, frans steyn, francois hougaard, guthrow steenkamp, willem alberts should have been included

      Soetdoring - 2011-10-25 10:23

      Hougaard and Fransie in that order - no to the rest.

  • Tim - 2011-10-24 16:45

    Hey! With both McCaw and Pocock (as "next best") in the squad, you'd better hope Bryce Lawrence is reffing.

  • Jeff - 2011-10-24 16:47

    Not one quota player? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

      Johan - 2011-10-25 08:24

      ......quotas = losers..... proved....

  • Jonny - 2011-10-24 16:49

    people should be saying what about heinrich brussow??? granted he got an injury but the games he played in the RWC and before showed him as a man on fire. his work rate was through the roof every game! just cause we didnt see him towards the end of the tournament people forget how much he did...

  • DieSwartGevaar - 2011-10-24 16:58

    No Dursatoir?? What a joke

      Gungets - 2011-10-24 20:24

      Finally, a valuable suggestion. Man of the tournament for me.

  • ruan.bronkhorst - 2011-10-24 17:05

    Yea I don't agree with this list... but lucky for us its only opinions!

  • Rudolf - 2011-10-24 19:26

    When is people going to realise that Schalk Burger cannot play rugby? There is a billion better flanks in SA alone. And I am a WP supporter.

      henco.swart - 2011-10-24 19:58

      @ Rudolf, why do you say that? You are allowed to have an opinion, I would just like to know the reasons, like many other fans.

      Gungets - 2011-10-24 20:26

      Rudolf - name 5. I know, I know, it's a few less than a billion, but humour me.

      John - 2011-10-24 21:09

      Luke Watson? LOL

      adrian.breda - 2011-10-25 08:15

      @Rudolf Then you know nothing about being a flanker or rugby

      Warren - 2011-10-25 23:55

      @ Gungets: 1) He is a dirty player. 2) He gives away to many penalties. 3) He then proceeds to back-chat the ref, conceding an extra 10 meters. 4) He cannot pass to his left. 5) He cannot pass to his right. 6) He is hardly ever in a winning team (Bokke or VeePee). 7) He cannot fetch. 8) Even though his work rate is high, it never accomplishes anything. 9) He cannot carry the ball more than 3 meters forward at a time. 10) And most importantly, my wife dislikes him. There, I know you wanted 5 but I gave you 10 coz it was easy. And stop pulling your face like that! Lol. Hope you have been humoured.

  • Jerry - 2011-10-24 20:21

    Three Boks earn RWC XV nod.....?????? WTF......that's 3 too many...!!!!! Only 3 would most likely make a world "B" side.....!!!!

  • Waldo - 2011-10-24 21:09

    You are honestly the biggest idiots ever... Bismark started only one game and failed miserably and he is the best hooker? Schalk fancies himself a center and cost us a lot of backline offensive moves! Victor only played 3 matches of the world cup not even featuring during 2 of them and only had one great game! And as everybody knows Richie McCaw is the biggest cheat in world rugby...

  • Jess - 2011-10-25 04:01

    Why is McCaw and Kaino out of position? Shows this list cannot be trusted

  • Haha - 2011-10-25 08:10

    Well, this article would carry more weight if it was from overseas writers..some of the selectionsare a bit iffy..

  • Dustin - 2011-10-25 08:54

    Agree with most, But Schalk Burger ahead of Dusatoire? Never! and AShley-Cooper ahead of O'Driscoll and Steyn?? wouldn't be my picks but the rest seem solid.

  • rknowler - 2011-10-25 09:22

    Can we nationalize Bismarck du Plessis?

  • Hannetjie - 2011-10-25 09:30

    Overall a good team choice. It is also good to see a youngster like Pat Lambie being recignised for his talent and effort on the field. I think a few guys came very close like Shane Williams (11) and I am missing the french captain - just chosen as the IRB Rugby player of the year!!!!

  • Anton - 2011-10-26 13:22

    Keep politics out of SA rugby, choose the best players and nobody in the world will beat us.

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