Lovell Rugby Team Of The Year 2009

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Lovell Rugby Team Of The Year 2009

Here in the office, much debate has gone into picking the Lovell Rugby World Team Of The Year 2009. It really has been a great year for Rugby. After much deliberation, here is our team of the year:

15- Rob Kearney- Ireland

The Leinster Full Back (who wears Nike Laser 3 Rugby Boots) with a siege gun left boot. He helped Ireland win the Grand Slam, Leinster win their first Heineken cup and played outstanding for the Lions in South Africa.

14- Corey Jane- New Zealand

The Hurricanes man is more happy at Fullback, although has had a great year on the wing. He played the majority of games for the All Blacks this season and scored some really important tries. Is as good going forward as is going back, which is vital in the modern game.

13- Brian O’driscoll- Ireland

Again another Irish player to win the Heineken cup, the grand slam and have a wonderful Lions tour. Before the start of the seaon there had been doubt as to whether O’driscoll would rediscover his form that made him one of the worlds best. In 2009 He bounced back with a great season attacking with great vision and pace and defending like a world class 7. His combination with Jamie Roberts in the centre for the Lions was outstanding.

12- Jamie Roberts- Wales

A great breakthrough season for the giant Cardiff Blues centre. Originally seen as a winger or Full Back he has now established himself as a force in the centre, with his power and great off loading skills. He is endorsed to wear Under Armour Dominate Rugby Boots

11- Byran Habana- South Africa

A Lions series win, Tri Nations series win and Super 14 and Currie Cup. Another vintage season from the eletric Habana who is set to move to the Western Provence/Stormers from the Bulls next season. Scored some crucial trys in big games this season and has improved again as an allround player. Still one of the quickest and best finishers the game has seen.

10- Morne Steyn- South Africa Africa

Like Habbana, a Lions series Win, Tri Nations series win along with Super 14 and Currie Cup. A great break through season for the metronomic goalkicking ten. A prolific Super 14 saw him force his way into the Springboks squad and then Ruan Pienars poor goalkicking enabled him the chance to make himself a legend by beating the Lions with a penalty from inside his own half in injury time to win the second test. Form dipped slightly during the European tour but still a great year. Morne Steyn currently wears Nike Vapor Rugby Boots

9- Fourie du Preez- South Africa

For our money the IRB player of the year. Controls game with his great service and kicking game. Never looks flustered. His battle with Mike Phillips was a classic in the summer.

8- Sergio Parisse- Italy

A great year for the Stade Francais number 8 and Italy captain. Has great hands and is a great lineout forward. Some say his Stade Francais form outshines his Italian because he has better players around him.

7- Heinrich Brüssow- South Africa

A metronomic rise for the young Cheetahs flanker. Impressed against the Lions in one of the opening tour matches so much so that he made his Boks debut in the first test against the Lions. His small but powerful frame have made him the new king of the breakdown area.  A great debut season. Will be looking to build again for next season wearing His Adidas Predator X Rugby boots

6- Rocky Elsom- Australia

On his one year Sabbatactal to Europe with Leinster helped them win the Heineken cup. After returning to the Wallabies has been made captain and put some big performances in for the Wallabies with his powerful running.

5- Victor Matfield- South Africa

The Blue Bulls second row has put in another big season winning the currie cup, super 14, tri nations and Lions series. Superb in the Line out and gets around the park well.

4- Simon Shaw- England

Shaw is currently the stand out forward in English Rugby. He was fantastic for the Lions in the summer. The second test was the best performance from a second row we had seen in the office. Despite his age he is surely the first name on Martin Johnson’s teamsheet currently. We would love to see Courtney Lawes given the chance to play with him to help him develop.

3- Benn Robinson- Australia

The Wallabies front row was once the source of great humour amongst world Rugby, as they always had brilliant teams but questionable scrummaging, No longer! with the help of Former Bath Coach Michael Foley the Wallabies have turned themselves into a great scrummaging team. Robinson along with Ben Alexander and Stephen Moore have been a massive part of this.

2-Stephen Moore- Australia

A tough one between Moore and Andrew Hore Wellington and the All Blacks. In the end Moore got the nod because of his solid lineout work and great scrummaging. Will be looking for an equally impressive year next season with teams looking at the Wallabies scrum with a lot of respect!

1 Gethin Jenkins- Wales

The world’s most athletic prop, with the ability to play either side of the scrum if need be. A great season for Jenkins., will be looking for a big year to help the Blues and Wales fight for Trophies.

What would be your team?

This is just our choice, but what would be yours? Use the comment form below to let us know!

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19 Responses to Lovell Rugby Team Of The Year 2009

  1. Colm says:

    Leaving O’Connell out of the second row is a joke!

  2. alex says:

    here is my view on the team of 2009

    15 – Rob Kearney (Ireland)
    14 – Tommy Bowe (Ireland)
    13 – Brian O’driscoll (Ireland)
    12 – Jamie Roberts (Wales)
    11 – Bryan Habbana (South Africa)
    10 – Matt Giteau (Australia)
    9 – Will Genia (Australia)
    8 – Sergio Parrisse (Italy)
    7 – Heinrich Brussow (South Africa)
    6 – Thierry Dusautoir (France)
    5 – Victor Matfield (South Africa)
    4 – Simon Shaw (England)
    3 – Gethin Jenkins (Wales)
    2 – Bismarck Du Plessis (South Africa)
    1 – Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)

  3. Ben says:

    Hi Colm/Alex,

    O’connel was close, but you have to agree both Shaw and Matfield have been outstanding this year?

    Good team Alex, The beast possibly deserved a look in after destroying Vickery in the first Lions test. Will Genia is certainly playing well, came on slightly late on scene for this team of the year though!


  4. Jake Lloyd says:

    I think this is a very good team
    But i would perhaps put Pocock on instead of Elsom?
    Also i’m not sure Simon Shaw would be the best second row choice and perhaps move Lobbe from eight to second row because he can play both and is a fantastic all around player with great vision for a forward.


  5. Tom Biggs says:

    my 09 team – (not easy took some thinking!)

    15)Malili Muliaina
    14)Ugo Monye
    13)Brian O’driscoll
    12)Jamie Roberts
    11)Bryan Habbana
    10)Matt Giteau
    9)Fourie du Preez
    8)Sergio Parrisse/Pierre Spies
    7)Heinrich Brussow
    6)Tom Croft
    5)Victor Matfield
    4)Simon Shaw
    3)Gethin Jenkinns
    2)Schalk Brits
    1)Tendai Mtawarira

  6. Dave says:

    15. Corey Jane (New Zealand)
    14. Shane Williams (Wales)
    13. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)
    12. Conrad Smith (New Zealand)
    11. Brian Habana (South Africa)
    10. Dan Carter (New Zealand)
    9. Forie Du Preez (Soth Africa)
    8. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Argentina)
    7. Ritchie McCaw capt (New Zealand)
    6. Heinrich Brussow (South Africa)
    5. Brad Thorn (New Zealand)
    4. Victor Matfeld (South Africa)
    3. Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
    2. Stephen Moore (Australia)
    1. Euan Murray (Scotland)

    Notable mentions; Zach Guildford, Pierre Spies, Marco Ayerza, The Beast,Lee Halfpenny, Mathieu Bastereud, And Thom Evans!!!!

  7. Ben says:

    Hi All,

    Thanks for posts.

    Good shout on Pocock Jake, was a close shave has done really well this year, although George Smith still played majority of games this year.

    Good teams Tom and Dave- Interesting Monye choice! great player- if he would have scored the two chances in the first Lions test would definately been in! expecting big six nations from him.

    Carter would have been in but missed first half of international season through achilles injury but came back and showed how good he is!

    Lobbe is a great shout, playing really well at Toulon, is not raved about but one of the best in the world.

    Keep the posts coming.


  8. Gents,

    I think I speak for the world of front rowers aghast at the selections above. Picking Tight-Heads at Loose Head and vice-versa is astonishing. Gethin Jenkins is a Loose Head, which, for the backs amongst you is No1. Euan Murray plays tight head or No.3.


  9. Dave says:

    Good front rowers can play loose or tight as gethin jenkins proved.

  10. Tom Biggs says:

    TOM CROFT come on!!!!

  11. Mark says:

    15. Rob Kearney
    14. Tommy Bowe
    13. Brian O’Driscoll
    12. Jamie Roberts
    11. Bryan Habana
    10. Matt Giteau
    9. Fourie Du Preez
    8. Sergio Parrise
    7. Thierry Dusatoir
    6. Rocky Elsom
    5. Paul O’ Connell
    4. Victor Matfield
    3. Euan Murray
    2. Stephen Moore
    1. Gethin Jenkins

    we al have our preferences but to pick a team of the year, you have to pick across all competitions and all round consistent performaces during the year . for that reason i feel the xv above best represents this , shaw played maybe 4/5 quality games rest were well below par . picking morne steyn is a joke imo, he is so limited as a fly half all he has is a boot and was found out in the northern hemisphere as being a high veldt player/kicker. players unlucky not to be included are mils muliania,richie mccaw, brussow,and benn robinson

  12. jack tracey says:

    my team of the year (including performances at club level that may not of been noticed on the international stage)
    starting line up:
    1.genkins 2.du plessis 3.hayman 4.matfield 5.o’connell 6.elsom 7.mccaw 8.parrise 9.du preez 10.carter 11.sivivatu 12.roberts 13.o’driscoll 14.bowe 15.muliaina
    16.hore 17.mtawarira 19.spies 20.phillips 21.giteau 22.tagicakibau
    others to mention:
    stephan moore, euan murray, bakkies botha, jamie heaslip, will genia, jonny wilkinson, rob kearney, rikki fluety

  13. Ben says:

    Hi Guys,

    Good shout, including players that have played well in club comps this season. Not debating Hayman is not best prop in the world, but hasn’t played Heineken cup even this season so on just League Rugby didn’t get the nod.

    Tagicakibau is a fantatic player but Habanna has had a massive year and Corey Jane has scored in some big test matches. Muliana was close as is such a good attacking full back, good choice.

    Mark, good pick. Although have to disagree on Steyn, if you look at the year he has had, have to argue he is not a ltd fly half, not all the great fly halfs were the best attackers Andrew Merhtens, (Wilkinson in his pomp) Agree on Mccaw should be in, but wanted to give Brussow a chance as had such an impressive debut season and shows size is not always key.


  14. byrne for full back !! average game saturday , but awsome in 09 six nations and lions tour :)

  15. elliot says:

    15. Kurtley Beale
    14. shane williams
    13. brian o’driscall
    12. Sonny Bill Williams
    11. brian habana
    10. danial carter
    9. danny care
    8. andy powell
    7. richie mcaw
    6. lewis moody
    5. alun wyn jones
    4. keian reid
    3. euan murray
    2. kevin mealamu
    1. adam rhys jones

  16. Jordan says:

    2010 Team?
    15. Mils Muliaina(NZ)
    14. Chris Ashton(ENG)
    13. Conrad Smith(NZ)
    12. Seilala Mapasua(SAM)
    11. Andrew Trimble(IRE)
    10. Dan Carter(NZ)
    9. Ben Youngs(ENG)

    1. Gethin Jenkins(WAL)
    2. Stephen Moore(AUS)
    3. Dan Cole(ENG)
    4. Courtney Lawes(ENG)
    5. Victor Matfield(SA)
    6. Jerome Kaino(NZ)
    7. Richie McCaw(NZ)
    8. Jamie Heaslip(IRE)

  17. dakuitoga says:

    15.mills mulliaina
    14.brian habana
    13.brian odriscoll
    12.sonny billy willians
    10.daniel carter
    9.will genia

    6.kele leawere
    5.victor matfield
    4.kieren read
    3.tony woodkock
    2.sunia koto
    1.ben robinson



  19. APISTO says:

    06.KAI NO-NZ
    05.CRIS JACK
    03.Gethin Jenkins- Wales
    02. Stephen Moore- Australia
    01. Benn Robinson- Australia

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