This year’s Super Rugby competition has been unforgettable, and particularly for New South Welshmen, a refreshing reminder of just how enjoyable the game can be.
It is about this time of year that pundits, players and fans begin nailing together a ‘team of the year’. With such a close-fought competition, separating the best from the rest is in actuality, more like picking the best from the best.
Singling out individuals for this kind of recognition is never truly reflective of how the player showed up – i.e. the even an average player will be made to look good in a world-class team.
In saying that though, the best teams are generally made up of the best individuals, and this exercise aims to point these superstars out.
Firstly, the Waratahs’ superb effort in taking home the silverware has been recognised, with a number of key players deservedly in contention for their spot in the Team of the Year. Of particular note are Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale and Michael Hooper, whose names will have been toasted in every one of Sydney’s Northern Suburbs watering holes/country clubs.
Similarly, the Crusaders’ strong team performances (spearheaded by the rampaging Nemani Nadolo) have led to a host of stars from that side being added to the mix.
It must be mentioned that the Brumbies, following up last year’s runner-up finish with a notable semi-finals berth, have a number of players worth considering. The same can be said for the Highlanders, Chiefs and Sharks.
The relatively quiet year for South African teams has not gone unnoticed, although Jacques Potgieter (Waratahs), Jan Serfontein (Bulls) and Marcell Coetzee (Sharks) have flown the flag for the Rainbow Nation.
However, when it comes to etching names in the stone tablets of Super Rugby history, selecting a team of the year from the current crop of Super Rugby campaigners is a nigh on impossible task for one man. So we’re asking you for help.
So pick your team using the form below, and we’ll announce the results on Wednesday morning. Go on, get picking!