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It's that time of the year again. I know you've all been waiting for it!!

The 12th (Usually*) Annual The Silver Fern Dot Com Team of the Year !!

yay! yay!

Nomination threads are set up in the TSF Competitions Forum coz I don't know where the Team of the Year forum went.

Rules are pretty much the same as usual:

  1. Nominate players by position. Include your reasons for doing so. Only in the odd minority of cases will nominations be accepted without supporting argument (i.e., Beauden Barrett).

  2. This is your opportunity to argue against other nominations as well. Feel free to pile in.

  3. Nominated players must have played at least one test match this year. Regardless of that form in competitions below international level is still admissible as evidence in support of a nominee.

  4. The Judging Committee (me) reserves the right to accept, reject or laugh hysterically at any or all nominations.

  5. Any situation not covered by the above rules will be dealt with by making up further rules on the spot.

A full* list of TSF ToTYs since 2005 follows (edit: in a later post ... this one takes up too much room).

  • except for 2014 which inexplicably I did not summarise and publish. D'oh.
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Australia batting first...for a change.

Finch gone cheaply (Boult got him).

Smith and Warner at the crease. This could get ugly - again.

Nicholls is in for Neesham who is still recovering from the Starc ball he copped on the forearm, and Ferguson is in for Henry.

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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 (New Zealand)
  11. Liam Williams (Wales)
  12. Owen Farrell (England)
  13. Jonathan Joseph (England).
  14. Israel Dagg (New Zealand)
  15. Ben Smith (New Zealand)

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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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