Connacht duo Jack Carty and Colby Fainga’a are among seven Irish-based players in the PRO14 Dream Team of the Season 2019.
The nod at fly-half caps off an impressive year for Carty after winning his first international cap against Italy during the Guinness Six Nations while he also became Connacht’s record point-scorer.
In total, 11 clubs are represented in a XV where competition in the voting was incredibly close, and only a handful of positions were selected with a clear majority.
Edinburgh, Munster, Connacht and Ulster were the only teams with more than one player in the Dream Team which includes the Guinness Players’ Player of the Season – Bill Mata of Edinburgh.
Rabz Maxwane of the Toyota Cheetahs is another award winner included, the Toyota Cheetahs winger scored a record-equaling 14 tries in the Guinness PRO14 season – nine of them scored away from home – and was voted in as the left wing.
Only three players from last season’s Guinness PRO14 Dream Team have been selected with the second row pairing of Tadhg Beirne (Munster) and Scott Vardy (Leinster) getting the nod while John Cooney’s impressive performances at Ulster have kept him in the No 9 shirt.
Fardy is the only player selected from last year’s winners, Leinster who face Glasgow in the PRO14 final on Saturday in Celtic Park. Glasgow also have one representative in the form of prop, Zander Fagerson.
The dream team was selected by a media panel of over 75 including former players and coaches from across Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales
- Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)
- Ken Owens (Scarlets)
- Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)
- Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
- Scott Fardy (Leinster)
- Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
- Colby Fainga’a (Connacht)
- Bill Mata (Edinburgh)
- John Cooney (Ulster)
- Jack Carty (Connacht)
- Rabz Maxwane (Toyota Cheetahs)
- Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
- Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)
- Monty Ioane (Benetton Rugby)
- Dan Evans (Ospreys)