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A Northern Hemisphere XV Perfectly Suited To Playing Super Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Elliot Daly (R) of England celebrates with team mate Owen Farrell after scoring the match winning try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In a recent article published on Wales Online, Simon Thomas revealed Leigh Halfpenny holds ambitions of playing Super Rugby at some point in the future.

Of course, the Welsh fullback wouldn’t be the first northern hemisphere player to make an impact south of the equator. In recent years, Huw Jones, Danny Cipriani, Jamie Hagan, James Haskell, Frédéric Michalak and Andy Goode have all tried to their hand to differing levels of success in Super Rugby.

Nevertheless, the financial firepower at the disposal of European clubs has ensured that the dominant migration pattern sees players move from south to north. However, as has often been argued in the past, northern hemisphere players could benefit from being exposed to Super Rugby.

South of the equator, power isn’t the only required attribute, no matter the number on their back, players must possess soft hands, a quick turn of pace, speed of thought, and most of all an appreciation of space.

Although these attributes are not associated with traditional northern hemisphere rugby, there exists a group of players who could very easily make the transition to Super Rugby.

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1. Mako Vunipola (England)

Italy v England - RBS Six Nations

2. Jamie George (England)

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 22: Jamie George of England throws the ball during the International match between France and England at Stade de France on August 22, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 19: Tadhg Furlong of Ireland is tackled during the international rugby match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

4. Jonny Gray (Scotland)

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Jonny Gray of Scotland takes part in the captains run at Murrayfield Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

5. Maro Itoje (England)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

6. Sean O’Brien (Ireland)

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Sean O'Brien with Stuart Hogg of Scotland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

7. Sam Warburton (Wales)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

8. Louis Picamoles (France)

France v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

9. Rhys Webb (Wales)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

10. Owen Farrell (England)

Italy v England - RBS Six Nations

11. George North (Wales)

Italy v Wales - RBS Six Nations

12. Ben Te’o (England)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

13. Elliot Daly (England)

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Elliot Daly of England is tackled iby Jonathan Davies (L) during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

14. Liam Williams (Wales)

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

France v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

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On this week’s Oval Office Podcast, Rob Henderson tells us about Ireland’s 12 potential Lions, Paddy Butler identifies weaknesses in the French game plan, Mako Vunipola discusses the challenge of facing Tadhg Furlong and historian David Toms relives Ireland’s 2007 clash with England in Croke Park.

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