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RUCK’s team of the decade | McCaw and Warburton lead the line

11. Wing: Julian Savea

 Julian Savea holds one of the best try ratio’s ever in test rugby with 46 tries in 54 appearances for the All Blacks.

Savea started on the left-wing in the All Blacks 34-17 World Cup final win over the Wallabies and finished the tournament as the tournaments top try scorer with eight scores. 

At his best many fans likened him to New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu for his blistering pace and tremendous power out wide.


12. Inside centre: Johnny Sexton

 For much of this decade, Irish fly-half Johnny Sexton has been considered the best fly-half in the northern hemisphere.

 With a brilliant skillset in all areas of the game – Sexton could turn a game on its head. 

 The skillful playmaker enjoyed huge success with Ireland and the British and Irish Lions – with a Grand Slam in 2018 and a Lions tour victory in 2013. 

 At club level Sexton has also excelled, during ‘the 10’s’ he won the European Cup three time’s with Leinster 

The Dublin born fly-half was named the IRB player of the year in 2018. 


13. Outside centre: Ma’a Nonu

Another New Zealand star who dominated test rugby during this decade. 

 Nonu’s power and pace in the centres was devastating to opposition defences. 

His midfield partnership with Conrad Smith was arguably the best of all time and it was integral to New Zealand’s two World Cup wins.

 The Wellington born powerhouse scored one of the great World Cup final tries in 2015 as he took an offload from Sonny Bill Williams on the halfway line before sidestepping his way to the whitewash.

 Nonu won 103 caps for the All Blacks before joining French side Toulon in 2015. 


14: Wing: Beauden Barrett

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This two-time IRB player of the year has been the beating heart of New Zealand’s success in the second half of this decade. 

 After scoring the World Cup-clinching try in the 2015 final in England, Barrett went on to become the main man in New Zealand’s starting XV.

 With phenomenal speed, world-class handling and a clever kicking game – Barrett has been the worlds most dangerous back in recent years. 

Barrett has already won 83 caps for the All Blacks at just the age of 28. 


15: Full-back: Stuart Hogg

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Despite Scotlands lack of success during ‘the 10’s’ Stuart Hogg has shone for his country at full-back. 

 The Exeter Chiefs flyer was awarded Six Nations Player of the Championship in 2016 and 2017 after stand out performances for the Scots. 

 Hogg’s eye for space and exceptional running game has made him a fan favourite around the world with 19 tries for his country. 

 Hogg has been unlucky to miss out on test match selection for the British and Irish Lions due to injury – but at the age of just 27, he will look to change that in 2021 in the Lions tour of South Africa. 

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