It’s that time again! With that New Year’s Day hangover looming large on the horizon, it’s time to reflect on the year gone by.
Power to the people! Planet Rugby readers are never shy to share their opinions and – as has become our tradition – we’re giving you the chance to make your nominations for the Planet Rugby Readers’ Team of the Year.
You may recognise the suspects in the picture above from our World Cup team of the tournament, but remember, this team is supposed to represent the whole twelve months of 2015, not just the Rugby World Cup.
In each position try to consider the most influential player for his team(s) over the course of the year rather than the player you consider the best in that position on current form.
The Six Nations and Rugby Championship seem like an age ago, but they count! Super Rugby/Champions Cup/domestic club form too!
You’ve got plenty to think about, so we’re giving you until 12-noon GMT on Friday, December 11 to make your selections.
How do you nominate your team? It’s simple: Use the comments section below to list the XV players that you think were the standout performers in 2015.
(In some countries – like South Africa – the openside flank wears 6, in most other countries he wears 7, so we’ll use the latter convention.)
Use the following format:
15 Fred Full-back, 14 Robert Right, 13 Oliver Outside, 12 Ian Inside, 11 Luke Left, 10 Francois Fly-half, 9 Sam Scrum-half, 8 Norman Eight, 7 Oscar Openside, 6 Bill Blindside, 5 Lance Lock, 4 Larry Lock, 3 Tim Tighthead, 2 Harry Hooker, 1 Leon Loosehead.
DON’T give us explanations for your selections, just the fifteen names please.
In order to make the counting process possible, we will only consider teams sent in the correct format!
Save the banter for when the final team is published, just send us your nominations for now.