Your TOP 14 Dream Team
Last week you were the manager. We asked you to vote on our Instagram story and help create your TOP 14 Dream Team. Did you choose Racing’s electric Teddy Thomas or Toulouse’s Springbok superstar Cheslin Kolbe?
Let’s take a look at who made the cut.
This 23 year old French colossus has been the battering ram for Toulouse all season. Weighing in at 110kg there isn’t much that gets past him. There was no doubt that we would see him in the starting line-up.
The break-through superstar Mauvaka is not only one of the first names on the team sheet at Toulouse, but he is also now an established member of the France squad after making his Test debut ahead of the World Cup against Scotland.
No introduction needed. There’s no surprise this World Cup-winning Springbok giant would make the cut. Standing at 6ft8, he is one of world rugby’s most feared men and would walk into any squad.
The second lock on the starting line up is the Clermont powerhouse Sébastien Vahaamahina. At 6ft7 and weighing in at nearly 20 stone, he is able to battle through any backline with absolute force. The definition of a monster.
At blindside flanker, we have no other than Lyon’s Aussie maestro, Liam Gill. Gill has developed a reputation for his exceptional work rate and consistency at both club and national level.
We couldn’t have a Dream Team without including the Toulon and France captain, could we? Ollivon is your chosen openside flanker. Since breaking into the scene as a 21 year old, he has shown such great poise and composure that the idea of being left out of a starting line up is unimaginable.
Arguably the most high profile Kiwi to grace the TOP 14. This New Zealand Rugby player of the year is one of only 20 to win multiple World Cups (legend!). Known for his athleticism and work-rate, Kaino is a player that you always want in your pack. Chances are, you won’t get past this guy and if you do, you better run.
At scrum-half we have one of French rugby’s most prominent young superstars. Antoine Dupont. Dupont consistently tops the charts with the most line breaks and offloads and we are sure it won’t be long until this French magician is the talking point of rugby fans across the world.
At fly-half, we have the Scottish fan favourite Finn Russell. Not only is Russell one of the best number 10’s in world rugby, he’s also proved his versatility performing at the highest level as an inside centre for Racing 92. Who else can’t wait to see this TOP 14 bad boy back in the Scottish line-up?
On the left, we have the electric Fijian Semi Radradra. The 2014 M Dally Winger of the Year is truly a household name in world rugby, he consistently combines a devastating blend of pace, power, agility and sleight of hand. Radradra has recently signed a deal to join the Bristol Bears for the 2020/21 season, so a message to English rugby fans, this is certainly someone to keep your eye on.
Holding the backline at number 12 is Clermont’s Wesley Fofana, also known as 'Le Guépard'. There was no surprise that this world-class French machine came out on top to earn a place in the Dream Team. He is undoubtedly one of the most consistent and exciting players to watch in the TOP 14.
Holding the fort at outside centre we have 23 year old French International Damien Penaud. With his father being French international Alain Penaud, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and there’s no surprise that he has developed into such a phenomenon at a young age.
On the right-hand side we have the Springbok, fan favourite Cheslin Kolbe. Words never quite describe the talent this man has. The World Player of the Year and owner of perhaps the most deadly side-step in rugby, Kolbe would be the first player on the team sheet for most rugby fans across the globe.
Blessed with pace and tremendous ball skills Simon Zebo is the definition of a modern-day full-back. With 33 Ireland caps, this Racing 92 ace has proved he can perform at the highest level internationally as well as at club level.
We’re certain that a team of this calibre would tear any team in world rugby apart. Just the thought of it is mesmerizing. One can only dream of it, hey?