Corbisiero and North are in both IRPA World XVs for 2013 © Getty Images
Rugby News Saints duo the supporters’ pick, too
Having been named in the Players’ IRPA World XV of the Year earlier this month, George North and Alex Corbisiero have also earned inclusion in the fans’ selection for 2013.
Brilliant All Black Kieran Read did the same double on a solo level after the public vote and is joined by the Saints pair and three more members of the British and Irish Lions squad that won so impressively in Australia.
The Saints are the only Premiership club represented in the team, while only New Zealand’s Crusaders are home to more of the world’s best, namely Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and IRB World Player of the Year Read.
Prop Corbisiero is also the only Englishman to make the cut, with New Zealanders predictably best represented with a third of the team.
So, who fancies a game against this lot then?!
IRPA Fans’ World XV of the Year: Leigh Halfpenny (WAL); Israel Folau (AUS), Conrad Smith (NZ), Jean de Villiers (SA), George North (WAL); Dan Carter (NZ), Will Genia (AUS); Alex Corbisiero (ENG), Bismarck Du Plessis (SA), Adam Jones (WAL), Eben Etzebeth (SA), Alun-Wyn Jones (WAL), Liam Messam (NZ), Richie McCaw (NZ), Kieran Read (NZ)