Following New Zealand's success, skysports.com names its team of a memorable RWC.
By Tony Curtis
Last Updated: 23/10/11 12:38pm
Following the completion of the Rugby World Cup, skysports.com names its team of a memorable tournament.
Understandably New Zealand dominate our selections, although one or two surprise packages played their way into our side.
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15 Israel Dagg (New Zealand)
The full-back was a menace with the ball in hand throughout the tournament and was always looking to exploits gaps in defence. Carried beautifully and constantly put the All Blacks on the front foot.
14 George North (Wales)
The Wales winger really came of age at the World Cup and has a bright future ahead. He is a powerful runner who is hard to stop when in full flow.
13 Conrad Smith (New Zealand)
He was the unsung star of New Zealand's success. He added calmness and assurance to the back division and while he might not have the same tricks as Sonny Bill Williams, he did everything asked of him. He was also a brick wall in defence.
12 Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)
An absolute monster with ball in hand and so difficult to stop. Arguably the player of the tournament, he was simply immense - with a number of opposition players having nightmares about facing him.
11 Vincent Clerc (France)
The French winger certainly knows his way to the try line and he made most of the limited possession that he had. He also bounced back from some tough tackles, including disappearing over the hoardings and Sam Warburton's tip tackle.
10 James Arlidge (Japan)
It wasn't a classic tournament for No.10s, with them simply failing to rise to the occasion or ending up in the treatment room. But while others struggled to make an impression, Japan's Arlidge caught the eye during the pool stages as he made the most of playing on the world's biggest stage.
9 Dmitri Yachvili (France)
The France scrum-half was class throughout. While others among the French team struggled to raise their game at times, Yachvili was quality and he defied injury to take to the field in the semi-final and final.
1 Rodrigo Roncero (Argentina)
The gnarled old prop was the heartbeat of the Argentina side and he was vital to their challenge. His value was underlined by the fact they gambled on his fitness in the quarter-final.
2 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
Might not have been at his best in the final but he was simply awesome throughout the tournament. Loved to take the ball into contact and was steady away in the lineout.
3 Nicolas Mas (France)
While France may have endured their troubles during the competition, there has been little wrong with their scrum - with Mas further enhancing his reputation. He has given every one of his rivals a torrid time, with England's Matt Stevens, in particular, being given a rough ride.
4 James Horwill (Australia)
The Australia captain led by example as he guided his troops to bronze medal at the World Cup. He was the banker option in the lineout, while he matched team-mate David Pocock for being an absolute menace at the breakdown.
5 Luke Charteris (Wales)
The defensive work-rate of Charteris was simply immense. The second row put his body on the line time and time again for the Welsh cause, while he was a class operator in the lineout.
6 Thierry Dusautoir (France)
The France captain is in the running for the IRB Player of the Year for one very good reason, he is the best blindside in the business. He dragged France into the final and was simply fantastic on the biggest stage. So unlucky not to have been the man lifting the Webb Ellis trophy.
7 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
In a tournament where No.7s reigned supreme, McCaw gets the nod ahead of David Pocock, Sam Warburton and Julien Bonnaire. The fact McCaw was struggling throughout with a foot injury but still schooled his rivals in the art of the openside highlights just how good he is.
8 Toby Faletau (Wales)
The young No.8 played in all seven games Wales - and it is no surprise why. Faletau, whose dad represented Tonga in the 1999 RWC, has been superb in defence while his rampaging runs helped put Wales on the front foot.