The Aviva Premiership gains more and more world-class foreign players each season. For example, next season Saracens will benefit from having World Cup winner Schalk Burger in their pack.
There is an attraction that the English top division has that other leagues apart from the Top 14 just cannot compete with. The atmosphere, players and the competitions are all reasons players come from other countries just to strut their stuff in England.
To minimise the hundreds of foreign players to a team of fifteen has been very difficult but this stellar selection could beat any team in the world, let alone in the Premiership.
The front row is full of experience in Richard Hibbard and Ben Franks. While Marcos Ayzera has been stunning for Leicester and Argentina, with some claiming he’s the best loosehead prop in the world.
The second row partnership includes a World Cup winner while the other is a warrior for his team. Victor Matfield hasn’t taken off at Northampton yet but his experience and skill means there’s a place in the team for him. Bradley Davies has been the best lock in the Premiership apart from the obvious and brilliant talents of Maro Itoje and George Kruis.
The back row contains power, skill and plenty of turnovers. George Smith is the king of turnovers and has the most in the league this season. Francois Louw was dominating rucks throughout the World Cup. The prospect of Nathan Hughes running at you is just scary and that’s why he’s made it into this team.
All the selected half backs have had great Six Nations, whether it be from the kicking tee for Greig Laidlaw or the bullet passing of Rhys Priestland. Laidlaw has great goal kicking as well as his sniping around the ruck. Priestland has a superb range of passing and his tactical kicking is superb and merits more game time in favour of George Ford.
In the centres are the two best centres from the Six Nations less than a month ago. At inside centre, Jamie Roberts deserves his place for his destructive running and his brick wall defence where he will hit you harder than you’ve ever been hit before. Duncan Taylor is a natural try scorer whatever position he plays in and has a beautiful mix of strength, pace and skill with ball in hand.
The back three have plenty of tries between them this season and their pace is phenomenal. George North’s try against Scotland was unbelievable and his power as well as his running game means this writer has no choice but to include him within this tremendous side.
Tim Visser has one of the best steps in the Premiership, he’s a ferocious finisher and can score from any situation. Charles Piutau is the perfect player. He has the ability to beat players with his speed and strength or to kick and collect the high ball, while he also successfully offloads in the tackle very often.
Here is the best team of foreign players within the Aviva Premiership:
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