Pocock named in rugby’s team of the decade

Pocock named in rugby’s team of the decade

Former Wallabies captain David Pocock is the sole Australian selection in World Rugby’s team of the decade.

The openside flanker, who played 78 Test between 2008 and 2019, was picked at No.6 in the team that was voted on by the world governing body’s expert panel.

New Zealand’s twice Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw was named Men’s 15s player of the decade at the World Rugby Awards on Moday.

McCaw, who led the All Blacks to back-to-back World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015, saw off competition from former teammates Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick and Beauden Barrett.

Other contenders were France’s Thierry Dusautoir, Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and South African Pieter-Steph du Toit.

Seven New Zealand players, including Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock and Ma’a Nonu, featured in the team of the decade, which boasts a total of 1,637 test caps.

France fullback Jessy Tremouliere, who was part of the team that won their fourth Six Nations title in 2014, was named Women’s 15s Player of the Decade.

Black Ferns’ Portia Woodman took home the Women’s Sevens Player of the Decade award while Fiji’s Olympic champion Jerry Tuwai claimed the men’s prize.

“The rugby heroes featured in the ceremony and all the others that provided outstanding service during the pandemic are an inspiration to us all,” World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said.

“I would like to congratulate all tonight’s recipients for their outstanding contribution to our game over the last decade, and for some of them, for many years to come.”

Men’s 15s Team of the Decade: Tendai Mtawarira (RSA), Bismarck du Plessis (RSA), Owen Franks (NZL), Brodie Retallick (NZL), Sam Whitelock (NZL), David Pocock (AUS), Richie McCaw (NZL), Sergio Parisse (ITA), Conor Murray (IRE), Dan Carter (NZL), Bryan Habana (RSA), Ma’a Nonu (NZL), Brian O’Driscoll (IRE), George North (WAL), Ben Smith (NZL)

Women’s 15s Team of the Decade: Rochelle Clark (ENG), Fiao’o Faamausili (NZL), Sophie Hemming (ENG), Eloise Blackwell (NZL), Tamara Taylor (ENG), Linda Itunu (NZL), Maggie Alphonsi (ENG), Safi N’Diaye (FRA), Kendra Cocksedge (NZL), Katy Daley-Mclean (ENG), Portia Woodman (NZL), Kelly Brazier (NZL), Emily Scarratt (ENG), Lydia Thompson (ENG), Danielle Waterman (ENG)