NZ XV of the 2019 Super Rugby

  • There are a lot of tough choices this year as many positions were filled by journeymen when the ABs were injured or rested.

    LHP : ????? with Moody, Tu'inukuafe, Moli, Perry and Ross out for long periods, it is hard to tell who was the best. Johnstone was the best rookie.
    Hooker : same problem as Coles and Taylor were absent for long periods too. I will go for Makalio with Coltman bubbling under.
    THP : Less injuries there (Laulala and Franks). I think Angus Ta'avao was the most consistent with Tyrell Lomax and Ofa T not far behind.
    Locks : Retallick did not play too much so my choice go to Sam Whitelock and Jackson Hemopo. IWL was very solid during the second half of the competition and is a real prospect.
    Blindside flanker : Luke Jacobson with Tom Robinson not very far behind (incredible workrate during the first two thirds of the rounds)
    Openside flanker : Ardie Savea (NZ forward of the year). He was immense.
    Nr.8 : ????? Akira Ioane went missing during the second half of the competition while Kieran Read was a shadow of his former self. Ardie Savea was the best when he played in this position, usually during the second halfs.
    Half back : TJP by a mile. Incredibly clever and strong. His passing also improved a lot as the competition progressed.
    1st 5/8 : Richie Mounga.
    Left wing : Rieko Ioane.
    2nd 5/8 : ALB (Laumape was sometimes brilliant but was not as consistent as ALB - Crotty was very good too)
    Centre : Goodhue (who else ? Thompson came back strongly though, Ennor was brilliant in attack but not so in defence, Nankivell had his moments too)
    Right wing : Sevu Reece
    Full back : Ben Smith / David Havili : I put them even as Ben Smith spent a rather long time on the sideline while David Havili seemed to beat defenders at will. Great season for him.

  • Banned

    LHP - nobody of note Coltman Lomax

    S Whtelock Hemepo

    L Jacobsen Todd Savea

    TJP Mo'unga

    Laumape ALB

    Stevenson Havilli Reece

  • Moody, Taylor, Franks, Whitelock....

  • 1 Moody (when he was fit)
    2 Coltman
    3 Lomax
    4 Sam Whitelock
    5 Scott Barrett
    6 Jacobson
    7 Todd
    8 A Savea
    9 Weber
    10 Mo'unga
    11 Lam
    12 ALB
    13 Ennor
    14 Reece
    15 Ben Smith

    1. Moody
    2. Coles
    3. Lomax
    4. Barrett
    5. Whitelock
    6. Douglas
    7. Todd
    8. Savea
    9. Perenara
    10. Mo’unga
    11. Goosen
    12. Leinert-Brown
    13. Goodhue
    14. Reece
    15. Havili

  • 1 Moody
    2 Coltman
    3 Lomax
    4 Barrett
    5 Whitelock
    6 Douglas
    7 Todd
    8 Savea
    9 Perenara
    10 Mo'unga
    11 R Ioane
    12 ALB
    13 Goodhue
    14 Reece
    15 Havili

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