REVEALED | David Flatman’s Premiership XV of the season so far

Former Saracens and Bath prop David Flatman has named his team of the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season so far…

It is no surprise to see four Exeter Chiefs stars make the composite team, which has been composed by tallying the most-picked players in each position (including the picks from Matt Banahan, Topsy Ojo and Danny Care during the Rugby World Cup).

15. Charles Piutau (picked four times) Bristol Bears

14. Taqele Naiyaravoro (picked three times) Northampton Saints

13. Malakai Fekitoa (picked three times) Wasps

12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg (picked twice) Sale Sharks

11. Louis Rees-Zammit (picked twice) Gloucester

10. Joe Simmonds (picked three times) Exeter Chiefs

9. Dan Robson (picked once) Wasps

1. Ellis Genge (picked twice) Leicester Tigers

2. Rob Webber (picked three times) Sale Sharks

3. Harry Williams (picked three times) Exeter Chiefs

4. Jonny Hill (picked three times) Exeter Chiefs

5. Jean-Luc du Preez (picked three times) Sale Sharks

6. Jack Willis (picked five times, most picked player) Wasps

7. Ben Earl (picked three times) Saracens

8. Sam Simmonds (picked three times) Exeter Chiefs


Ranked! The matchday experience at all 12 Premiership stadiums

Which ground has the best atmosphere? Amazing architecture? The perfect view? RUCK’s Steven Smith, who recently completed the full set, ranks every Gallagher Premiership ground based on his own personal visits…

12. London Irish – Madejski Stadium (3.92/10)

In five words or less: Archetypal 21st century ground

Most recent visit: 2017

Best feature: Fully enclosed and modern

Worst feature: Always empty and not even in London.

READING, ENGLAND – APRIL 05: Alex Lewington of London Irish is tackled by Tim Visser of Edinburgh during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final between London Irish and Edinburgh Rugby at the Madejski Stadium on April 5, 2015 in Reading, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

11. Sale Sharks – AJ Bell Stadium (4.12)

In five words or less: Comes with free transporter bridge

Most recent visit: 2018

Best feature: Good shop for merchandise

Worst feature: Soulless stadium. Traffic chaos is the only guarantee when watching the Sharks.

SALFORD, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: A general view of the A J Bell Stadium prior to the LV= Cup match between Sale Sharks and Bath Rugby at AJ Bell Stadium on November 08, 2013 in Salford, England. (Photo by David Jones/Getty Images)

10. Saracens – Allianz Park (5)

In five words or less: Athletics transition can be done

Most recent visit: 2019

Best feature: Was adapted well for Rugby and has a terrific main stand

Worst feature: The capacity is too small and three of the stands are not great

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