Our Rugby World Cup favourite XV’s – Wales.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 is a mere 3 days away!
As we are so excited we have been picking our “favourite fifteens” of players past and present for a different country going to Japan.
So far, we have covered current World Champions New Zealand and double World Cup winners South Africa.
This time we bring you Wales! A mixture of past and present greats have made our favourite fifteen this month, remember its only our opinion but please let us know who you would pick?
1. Gethin Jenkins.
129 caps for Wales and 5 Lions caps, 3 Grand Slams, former most capped Welsh player ever and current most capped prop forward. This was an easy choice for us. Jenkins epitomised the modern-day prop by being a strong scrummager and quick around the pitch with good hands.
2. Ken Owens.
We have gone for modern over historical for the hooker berth. Owens is rock solid for Wales at number 2 and has won Grand Slams and been on Lions tours. Wales are looking for a successful World Cup in Japan and Owens will be crucial for them.
3. Graham Price.
Price was part of a Welsh front row in the 1970’s who were feared across the world. He also holds the record of 12 Lions tests for a prop, we doubt this amazing stat will ever be beaten! A tough, hard front row who will hold up the scrum forever.
4. Alun Wyn Jones.
The current Wales captain and modern-day legend. Jones would probably walk into most people’s “World fifteen”. 9 Lions caps, 125 Wales caps and counting, three Grand Slams and he has been captain for the majority of these. A born leader and an immense lock, we can’t wait to see him at the World Cup.
5. Bob Norster
Hard to pick who would join Wyn Jones in the second row. We went for Norster as he was an athletic player who was known for his outstanding lineout skill, a perfect match. With this second row the team are guaranteed to win all the ball at this set piece.
6. Martin Williams
Williams was a mercurial openside flanker who managed an incredible 100 caps for Wales. We have moved him to 6 as we had to have Warburton in at 7 and we figured that Williams would be just as good at blindside. He was great at everything. Also went on 3 Lions tours!
7. Sam Warburton
His career was cut short due to injury but is still considered one of the best number 7’s ever to have played for Wales. Warburton made “the Jackal” his own and this probably contributed to his injuries. A true leader with skill, strength and a ton of rugby knowledge. We had to push Martin Williams to 6 because of him!
8. Taulupe Faletau.
A number 8 with it all. Faletau is a hard, strong ball carrier who also possesses amazing passing and offloading skills, he walks into most back rows in the world. He has struggled with injury this season but will hopefully be back to his best soon. His cousins Billy and Mako Vunipola aren’t bad either!
9. Gareth Edwards.
Sir Gareth Edwards we should say. Often referred to as one of the greatest players ever he is also credited with scoring one of the greatest try’s ever, simply called “that try”. He played 53 times for Wales scoring 88 points. He also pulled the Lions jersey on an amazing 10 times!
10. Steven Jones.
A tough choice at 10 but we went for Jones over the kicking skills or Neil Jenkins and the silky skill of Barry John. Over 104 tests for Wales and two Lions tours, Jones was sometimes written off by pundits for supposedly more skilled players. His record speaks for itself though and he is without doubt a worthy fly half in our team.
11. Shane Williams.
Wale’s top try scorer has to be in the team. Williams scored a huge 58 try’s in his 87 games for Wales. An electric winger he could also play at scrum half and started his career there. He was once told he was too small to play rugby, but rightly ignored this and finished as a Welsh legend!
12. Jamie Roberts.
At 1.93 metres and 110 kg Roberts is a huge centre who runs straight hard lines and ties up defenders. His direct style of rugby has earned him 94 Welsh caps and a place on 2 Lions tours. A qualified doctor he has brains and brawn.
13. Scott Gibbs.
Gibbs makes our team due to his involvement in numerous great Welsh rugby moments. One of the toughest centres to play for Wales, his big tackles and unstoppable runs were a thing of legend. His tough rugby style earned him the nickname “car crash”. Also played league for St Helens.
14. George North.
Despite there being many classy Welsh wingers to choose from we went with North. Already a star it feels like he has been around forever. Still only 27 he has already notched up 180 points in 83 tests and been on two Lions tours. Watch out for him at RWC 2019!
15. JPR Williams
Another Welsh great from the golden era of the 1970’s JPR was distinctive with his big sideburns and rolled down socks. Also a Lions legend having won a impressive 8 caps. He retired from international rugby after 55 caps but carried on playing rugby into his fifties! He even switched to playing flanker in his last few years of rugby.
Finishers: Jonathan Davies, Ryan Jones, Barry John, Bobby Windsor.