Here is rugby union’s team of the year for 2016 according to French newspaper L’Equipe. The team is predictably dominated by New Zealand, with no less than eight All Blacks named in L’Equipe’s best 15. Four English players and one from Ireland, Scotland and France make up the 15.
South Africa have no representatives, not surprisingly after their horror year, but former Baby Bok skipper CJ Stander (Ireland) and Cheetahs prop WP Nel (Scotland) are in the list
New Zealand (8)- Dane Coles, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Ben Smith
England (4)- Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell
Ireland (1)- CJ Stander
Scotland (1)- WP Nel
France (1)- Virimi Vakatawa