We have come to the end of a long season for all the guys in the South.
It has been a great End of Year tour for our friends up north and they showed it in the results.
Firstly we want to congratulate Ireland for their performance of 2018 as well as the accolade, as the best team this year.
Johnny Sexton also was named the world player of the year.
A speechless Johnny Sexton gets a helping hand from Rory Best as he receives the World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year 2018 Award in Association with Mastercard #WorldRugbyAwards pic.twitter.com/yveN4gROHh— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) November 25, 2018
And Ireland coach Joe Schmidt the coach of the year.
There are not many that will want to argue that they deserve everything that is coming there way.
With the year closing out for us we decided to ask Jade and Morne to give us their pick for a World Fifteen.
Here is Jade pick for his World Team 2018
15 Willie Le Roux: This will spark plenty of debate, and understandably so. However I don’t think any other fullback has had as big an influence or impact on their side’s fortunes.
14 Rieko Ioane: best finisher in World Rugby. Explosive, strong, intelligent. Say no more.
13 Jonathan Davies: For my money, the best centre in the world. Intelligent and integral to the Welsh rise to third in the rankings
12 Owen Farrell: Another slightly contentious choice, but he’s been superb at 12 this year. Varied kicking game, good passer of both hands. Less said about his tackling technique, the better.
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi: World Rugby breakthrough player of the year. Dynamic, enthusiastic and a fantastic find.
10 Jonny Sexton: World Rugby player of the year. He has been sensational all year, and was instrumental in the Irish victory over the All Blacks
9 Faf de Klerk: outstanding year. So crucial to the Springboks cause and the brand of rugby they’re trying to play. Outplayed Aaron Smith in both games and been superb for his club side as well.
8 Duane Vermeulen: For my money, the best number 8 in World rugby. Thor has been immovable when he’s played, and helps with his leadership qualities on and off the pitch.
7 Pieter Steph du Toit : absolutely magnificent this year. Finally settled on a position and made it his own. Workrate, Tackle count, Metres gained, Surely tops every stat for the Boks
6 Justin Tipuric: Welsh scavenger. Brutal at the breakdowns and strong ball carrier. Been superb this year.
5 James Ryan: breakthrough year for this outstanding Irish lock forward. Workrate exceptional and core lineout skills excellent as well.
4 Brodie Retalick: Best lock forward on the planet. Even though he missed a few games, still head and shoulders above the rest.
3 Tadhg Furlong: absolutely magnificent this season. Strong scrummager, carries ball well, and gets around the park with astonishing mobility.
2 Malcolm Marx: a quiet year end tour aside, he’s the best hooker in World Rugby. Plays like an extra loose forward, wins numerous turnovers and penalties, and a powerful ball carrier.
1 Karl Tuinikaafe: outstanding season from this bolter. Practically unheard of in January, to an All Black in June. Superb.
Morne World team:
This was not an easy task. Team consists of 6 Kiwis, 2 Scots, 1 English, 4 South Africans, 2 Irish.
No Place for any Aussie, Welsh or Argie players, however lots of them feature in my chasing pack.
You might question the number if Irish in the team, I believe what make them good is that they have world class players (not necessarily the best in their position) that works well together as a team.
The selection illustrated again that it is team work that makes a good teams and not just a team of the best players in their position. It is a team sport after all!
Below my selection and let me know what you think.
15 Stuart Hogg, Explosive and Exciting, always looking to create something and make the defenses grab at air! Chasing Pack: Israel Falau (AUS) Willie Le Roux (SA)
14 Ben Smith (NZ) Very lean pickings here, Ben gets the nod on his ability to beat 1:1 defenders and skill under the high ball. Chasing pack: Benjamin Fall (FRA), Liam Williams (WAL)
13 Huw Jones (SCO) No-one really dominating this position, Huw’s ability to break tackles, his running lines in support and his finishing power gets him into the starting 15. Chasing Pack: Mathias Maroni (ARG), Mathiu Batetaraud (FRA)
12 Owen Farrell (ENG) Not the popular choice but his ability to organize, captain and act as backup kicker gets him into the 12 position. Chasing pack: Ryan Crotty (NZ) could’ve been first choice if not injured so much, Damien De Allende (SA)
11 Rieko Ioane (NZ), World player of the year nominee, always dangerous when he touch the ball, this guy know how to finish! Chasing pack: Apihiwe Diyanti (SA), Jacob Stockdale(IRE), Ramiro Moyane (ARG)
10 Beauden Barrett (NZ) Another world player of the year nominee, his ability to make something out of nothing, read the game and his prolific try scoring capability make him a must for my World XV. Chasing pack: Nicolas Sanchez(ARG), Johnny Sexton (IRE)
9 Faf De Klerk (SA) Burst back on the scene this year and left all other 9s in the dust, workrate and ability to see opportunity is a level above the rest! Big hart in a little man. Chasing Pack: TJ Perenera (NZ), Conor Murray (IRE), Craig Laidlaw (SCO)
8 CJ Stander (IRE), Gets his team on the front foot, great defender and strong over the ruck ball. Chasing Pack: Duane Vermeulen (SA) not enough games but same ability as CJ, Sergio Parisse (ITA)
7 Pieter-Steph Du Toit (SA) Surprised that he wasn’t nominated as a player of the year! Extremely high work and tackle rate and on attack he consistently gets his team over the advantage line. Awesome year for PSDT. Chasing Pack: Michael Hooper (AUS), Sam Cane (NZ)
6 Ardie Savea (NZ) versatile, can play Ang position in the backrow, another player that does everything at full throttle and can turn a game with his pace on the ball. (Just ask SA) Chasing Pack: Pablo Matere (ARG) David Pocock (AUS),
Peter O’Mahony (IRE)
5 Franco Mostert (SA) This was a hard one and a real lottery with lots of injuries and change in selection impacting consistency in the 5 lock position. Franco gets the nod on being Mr Consistency, strong in the line outs and open play! Scott Barrett (NZ), Jonny Gray (SCO), Alun Wyn Jones (WAL)
4 Brodie Retallick (NZ) injured for part of the Rugby Championship but was brilliant against the French. He can dummy like a back but it is the basics that he has perfected that make him a certainty for my squad. Chasing Pack: Eben Etsebeth (SA), Sam Whitelock (NZ) Mario Otoje (ENG)
3 Tadhg Furlong (IRE) Solid and part of the Irish frontrow that negated the AB scrum. What more can you say! Chasing Pack: Owen Franks (NZ),
2 Malcolm Marx (SA) dynamic, strong and like a 2nd fetcher on the field, another World Player if the year nominee. Unmatched this year in the no 2 jersey. Chasing Pack: Codie Taylor (NZ), Agustin Creevy (ARG), Rory Best (IRE)
1 Karl Tu’inukuafe (NZ) Toss up between Steven Kitshoff (SA) and Karl but I am going to with the Security Guard from Auckland just because this is an amazing story and his play earned him a nomination for World Breakthrough player of the year. Chasing Pack: Steven Kitshoff (SA), Cian Healy (IRE)
Who will be your World Team for 2018?