It’s that time again! Before demolishing the Christmas turkey, it’s time to reflect on the year gone by and pick your Readers’ Team of the Year.
2017 has been another busy year in the global game with Exeter winning the Premiership, Scarlets the PRO12, Saracens the Champions Cup, Clermont the Top 14 and Stade Français the Challenge Cup in the northern club game.
On the international scene it was England who claimed the Six Nations title while New Zealand cantered to Rugby Championship glory once again, with the Crusaders picking up the Super Rugby title.
Now, it is your time to let us know who makes your Team of 2017. Remember, you are picking the best player in his or her position on form this year, be it at domestic or international level.
You’ve got plenty to think about, so we’re giving you until 12-noon GMT on Thursday, December 14 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 2017.
(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.