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That time of year where it's a bit of fun to throw around ideas on the hypothetical World XV.

Paul Cully of Sydney Morning Herald gives a fairly decent attempt, with some good explanations too. As always there are areas of debate, for example I think Pocock at 7 and Read at 8 are a bit lucky.

As an aside - most of the players below (and fringe players mentioned in the article) will be involved in the Lions v All Blacks series - exciting times.

  1. Jack McGrath (Ireland)
  2. Dane Coles (New Zealand)
  3. Owen Franks (New Zealand)
  4. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
  5. Maro Itoje (England)
  6. Chris Robshaw (England)
  7. David Pocock (Australia)
  8. Kieran Read (New Zealand)
  9. Conor Murray (Ireland)
  10. Beauden Barrett (...
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I hope they stick with the same team pretty much.

I relaly need an early night so if they can lose the toss and Aus have a bat and get rolled for about 78 and then we clean up the total for the loss of one wicket in 15 over, that would be just great, thanks!

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Nothing like a test series whitewash over the Number 2 ranked side in the word to gee ya up for a ODI series v Australia!

Really looking forward to this!!!

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13 from 14 after missing 800+ caps.

Chuck Bledisloe retained.

Perfect Rugby Championship.

A few noobs introduced.

Continue to fuck with the minds of the northern tinfoil brigade.

The only black spot(s) being the result in Chi town, and perhaps the performances at Eden Park and Dublin (and to a lesser extent Paris) where we won on defence (which is a good thing).

Generally a solid B+ for me.

On review we didn't mess too much with the First XV throughout with the exception of Italy. However injury allowed us some pseudo rotation.

I think we need to confirm a 3rd hooker.

Our top 4 props are good. Next in line needs some looking at. Ofa cops a bit of slack but he held up OK. Laulala and Moli bear looking at next year.

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3 votes as usual.