TSF Teams of the Decade



January 28th, 2020

The voting results for the best teams of the decade. An All Blacks XV and a Foreigner XV

Team of the decade

All BlacksForeigner
1T Woodcock (71%)T Mtawarira (62% SA)
2D Coles (81%)B du Plessis (50% SA)
3O Franks (100%)T Furlong (41% Ire) / A Jones 41% Wales)
4B Retallick (100%)A Wyn Jones (39% Wales)
5S Whitelock (85%)E Etzebeth (24% SA)
6J Kaino (96%)S Burger (50% SA)
7R McCaw (100%)S Warburton (33% Wales)
8K Read (100%)D Vermeulen (63% SA)
9A Smith (100%)W Genia (46% Aus)
10D Carter (100%)J Sexton (41% Ire)
11J Savea (82%)G North (54% Wales)
12M Nonu (96%)M Giteau (41% Aus)
13C Smith (96%)J Davies (61% Wales)
14C Jane (80%)B Habana (92% SA)
15B Smith (86%)I Folau (38% Aus)

All Blacks

Voting for the AB team of the decade was a bit of an anticlimax. Unusually for the Fern there was consensus on almost every position.

Look at the lowest vote share: Woodcock with ‘only’ 71%

Six position were unanimous (two didn’t even warrant a second nomination)

Sure if you were picking your own XV you might move Ben Smith to accomodate Dagg etc but we had to have a one player one position rule. Otherwise we could’ve had Ben Smith as right wing and fullback.

It’s almost the same team as the one the Stuff website came up with. The differences from their team:

  • They had Thorn ahead of Whitelock
  • Ben Smith was a winger
  • They moved Barrett to fullback

A special mention goes to @ARHS for claiming Meesam was the best 6, Crotty the best 12 and ALB the best centre

Foreigner XV

A lot more competition in the voting here. Only Habana really dominated the voting for a position

This side is dominated be the Saffa’s and Welsh. A handful of Aussies and Irish but the big surprise is no Poms.
So soon after the semi final result I was expecting the (mostly) kiwi voters to rate the English.

There were a few more in the 2nd XV…

2nd XVs

I added in the players with an * because there was no 2nd option on the poll

All Blacks B TeamForeigner B Team
1J Moody (21%)M Vunipola (14% Eng) / G Jenkins (14% Wales)
2K Mealamu (19%)A Creevy (27% Arg)
3C Faumuina *T Furlong (41% Ire) / A Jones 41% Wales)
4B Thorn (15%)V Matfield (20 % SA)
5S Barrett (0%)P O’Connell (13% Ire)
6L Meesam (4%)J Smith (32% SA)
7S Cane (0%)D Pocock (29% Aus)
8V Vito *B Vunipola (17% Eng)
9TJ Perenara (0%)C Murray (42% Ire)
10B Barrett (0%)H Pollard (32% SA)
11R Ioane (14%)N Nadolo (21% Fiji)
12R Crotty (4%)J Roberts (32% Wales)
13A Lienert-Brown (4%)M Tuilagi (21% Eng)
14N Milner-Skudder (13%)A Ashley Cooper (8% Aus)
15I Dagg (11%)L Halfpenny (19% Wales) / L Williams (19% Wales)

It’s probably a bit redundant asking a mostly kiwi website who would win a match between the sides…

Are you happy with the selections?

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