One Bok in Woodward's World XV

2016-06-27 14:31
Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former England World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward has named one Springbok in his World XV team.

The 60-year-old, who guided England to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003, picked his World XV in a column he wrote for England's Daily Mail website. 

Lock Eben Etzebeth was the only Springbok in his side. 

Interestingly, Woodward picked just two England players in his side despite their recent 3-0 series win in Australia. 

That was new coach Eddie Jones' first tour of the southern hemisphere as England coach and the performance was a serious warning to the rest of the world that England are on the right track in their bid to become world champions in Japan in 2019. 

But Woodward seems to think that the English still have a long way to go, and he believes that only flyhalf/centre Owen Farrell and lock Maro Itoje from the current crop would make his world team. 

"They are still nowhere near the finished article," Woodward wrote.

"There is still clear daylight between New Zealand and the rest of the world. This England team won’t win the World Cup, although some of those playing in Sydney on Saturday will certainly provide the core of the team at the 2019 event in Japan." 

Clive Woodward's 'Top Team':

15 Israel Folau (Australia), 14 Ben Smith (NZ), 13 Sonny-Bill Williams (NZ), 12 Wesley Fofana (France), 11 Juan Imhoff (Argentina), 10 Owen Farrell (England), 9 Aaron Smith (NZ), 8 Kieran Read (NZ), 7 David Pocock (Australia), 6 Mamuka Gorgodze (Georgia), 5 Eben Etzebeth (SA), 4 Maro Itoje (England), 3 Ramiro Herrera (Argentina), 2 Dane Coles (NZ), 1 Marcos Ayerza (Argentina)

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