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Ma'a Nonu - Last year, Nonu managed to put aside his inconsistent play of the past and has cemented his position as New Zealand's top second 5/8. He bulldozed his way to a nomination for IRB player of the year. It was very hard to leave him off this list, but he could prove me wrong once Super Rugby season starts again in a few weeks.
Piri Weepu - Although he became a legend for his beard and his inspiring play, Piri flamed out towards the end of the World Cup. He may have been ill, but he still hasn't shown the ability to consistently play at that high level just yet.
James Horwill - Australia's skipper is definitely one of the better locks, as shown in his strong ball running and leadership abilities. However, he narrowly misses this list due to the stellar play of others, including a few of his teammates.
Fourie Du Preez - Du Preez used to be the No. 1 half back in the world. Unfortunately age and injuries seem to have caught up to him and he was outplayed by his two Tri-Nations rivals last year, Genia and Weepu.
Patricio Albacete - With Victor Matfield and Brad Thorn retiring, Albacete has a chance to stake his claim as the best lock of the Southern Hemisphere. His name may not be as notable because of the fact that he plays for the Pumas, but during the World Cup, he played some outstanding rugby, showing a great work rate and solid line-out work. How age will affect him though remains to be seen.