Opinion: 2010 Rugby World XV

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Opinion: 2010 Rugby World XV
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With the close of the 2010 rugby season, I now look back at the year and choose the 15 men who I feel were best in their position each for the year.

There are many players who make valid cases for being in this team, but at the end of the day I can only choose 15 players and I'm sure others who read this article will come up with a very different 15 to the one I come up with. 

One of the most important things to do before I name the team is outline the criteria I used when picking my team.

Firstly, the team is based purely on 2010 form. How the players have played in the past has no bearing on selections whatsoever.

Secondly, the players are judged mainly on how they performed at the highest level, that being test match level. While the Super 14 and Heineken Cup are both top class competitions, test rugby is another step up and the players who are able to still look good at this level are the ones we know are truly good.

Combinations of players plays no part on selections at all. The players are picked purely on how well they played their own position and how well they would play with the other players means nothing as this is just a paper team.

I know now that many will disagree with my team, but I think that the best teams often are made up of the best players and it can only be expected that these teams will have a dominance over the Best XV of the year.

So without further ado, I present to you who I view as being the best team one could field from the 2010 season.

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