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Teams of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan

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There are several so-called "RWC2019 Teams of the Tournament” lists doing the rounds but we found two that were interesting and seemed largely based on real performances.

Perhaps the most representative from a Springbok perspective, was Ultimate Rugby’s World Cup Team of the Competition, which featured five Boks as first choice, another six (Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Faf de Klerk, Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am) as second choice and one third choice - Cheslin Kolbe. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Here is the full list (without the second and third choices or the rationale behind the choices):

Tendai Mtawarira, South Africa Bongi Mbonambi - South Africa Kyle Sinckler - England Maro Itoje - England Alun Wyn Jones - Wales Pieter-Steph du Toit - South Africa Tom Curry - England Duane Vermeulen - South Africa Aaron Smith - New Zealand Handre Pollard - South Africa Josh Adams - Wales Damian de Allende - South Africa Manu Tuilagi - England Semi Radradra - Fiji Beauden Barrett - New Zealand

 

Stuff New Zealand has a similar “Best XV”: Beauden Barrett, Cheslin Kolbe, Manu Tuilagi, Damian de Allende, Semi Radradra, Handre Pollard, Yutake Nagare, Duane Vermeulen, Sam Underhill, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Maro Itoje, Kyle Sinckler, Ken Owens, Tendai Mtawira. The magazine also has some other interesting best takes from the tournament.



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