3 Springboks named in World Rugby’s Team of the Decade

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Three Springboks have been named in World Rugby’s men’s Team of the Decade.

The awards took place virtually on Monday evening.

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Loosehead Beast Mtawarira, hooker Bismarck du Plessis and wing Bryan Habana all cracked the nod for the Best XV of the past 10 years.

In other awards, All Blacks legend Richie McCaw was named Player of the Decade, Fiji star Jerry Tuwai scooped the men’s Sevens Player of the Decade award and Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip beat – among others – Habana and Francois Hougaard to the Try of the Decade honour.

The women’s Sevens Player of the Decade and the women’s Try of the Decade both went to the only double-winner of the awards, Black Fern Portia Woodman.

In total there were eight awards.

Six were decided by fan vote, while the two Teams of the Decade were decided by an awards panel.

AWARD WINNERS:

Men’s 15s Player of the Decade – Richie McCaw (New Zealand)

Women’s 15s Player of the Decade – Jessy Trémoulière (France)

Men’s Sevens Player of the Decade – Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)

Women’s Sevens Player of the Decade – Portia Woodman (New Zealand)

Men’s 15s Try of the Decade – Jamie Heaslip (Ireland)

Women’s 15s Try of the Decade – Portia Woodman (New Zealand)

Women’s 15s Team of the Decade

1.Rochelle Clark (ENG)

2.Fiao’o Faamausili (NZL)

3.Sophie Hemming (ENG)

4.Eloise Blackwell (NZL)

5.Tamara Taylor (ENG)

6.Linda Itunu (NZL)

7.Maggie Alphonsi (ENG)

8.Safi N’Diaye (FRA)

9.Kendra Cocksedge (NZL)

10.Katy Daley-Mclean (ENG)

11.Portia Woodman (NZL)

12.Kelly Brazier (NZL)

13.Emily Scarratt (ENG)

14.Lydia Thompson (ENG)

15.Danielle Waterman (ENG)

Men’s 15s Team of the Decade

1.Tendai Mtawarira (RSA)

2.Bismarck du Plessis (RSA)

3.Owen Franks (NZL)

4.Brodie Retallick (NZL)

5.Sam Whitelock (NZL)

6.David Pocock (AUS)

7.Richie McCaw (NZL)

8.Sergio Parisse (ITA)

9.Conor Murray (IRE)

10.Dan Carter (NZL)

11.Bryan Habana (RSA)

12.Ma’a Nonu (NZL)

13.Brian O’Driscoll (IRE)

14.George North (WAL)

15.Ben Smith (NZL)

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