Rugby World Cup 2011: The All-Minnow Team

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Rugby World Cup 2011: The All-Minnow Team
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With the pool stages of Rugby World Cup 2011 out the way, attention now moves to the playoffs, where the eight remaining teams will do battle to decide who will be crowned world champions.

Before we do this, let us take a look back at the past four weeks and appreciate some of the talent that was on display during rugby's biggest tournament.

2011 marked the first World Cup where minnows were truly competitive with the top teams, with every team being pushed by a minnow at some stage. And indeed there was some good talent exposed in the minnows that was largely unknown before the tournament.

This article looks at the best of this talent, naming an All-Minnow Team based on how these players played at Rugby World Cup 2011.

Note that only players from teams that finished in the bottom two of their pool were considered. 

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