Four England stars make it onto Autumn Nations Series 'Best XV'
Over half a million votes were tallied, and yet some folks will still complain.
The votes have been tallied and a pretty impressive 'Best XV" for the Autumn Nations Series has been selected.
Following the final weekend of Autumn Nations Series games, which saw excellent wins for France and Ireland and closer-run victories for England, Wales and France, the call went out to help select the 'Best XV'.
Our team debated over the best two players in each position - fullback and outhalf were hotly contested positions - and then put it to a public vote. In the end, after more than half a million votes were tallied, we had our multi-national team of the series.
Emphasising the winning runs for England, Ireland and France, the Best XV is made up of 11 players from those nations, while four Springboks made the cut. No All Blacks feature, which would normally be a surprise, but the Kiwis did lose badly to Ireland and France over the final seven days of the series.
The pack is dominated with Irish forwards. Anyone that saw how dominant they were against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina would not argue their healthy selection, while hooker Ronán Kelleher was beaten out by Malcolm Marx.
Another Bok in the pack - and winner of the closest poll - is Eben Etzebeth. The Toulon lock edged out Maro Itoje by just under two thousand votes - 52 to 48%. Rounding out the pack are Thibaut Flament (France) and Tom Curry. The England back-row got in there ahead of Gregory Alldritt.
There are two English players and three from France joining South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi in the backline. The most one-sided of the votes went to Antoine Dupont at scrumhalf. He was up against Ireland's Jamison Gibson-Park and ended up with 92% of the vote.
AUTUMN NATIONS SERIES - Best XV
15. Freddie Steward (England)
14. Damian Penaud (France)
13. Henry Slade (England)
12. Damian De Allende (South Africa)
11. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)
10. Marcus Smith (England)
9. Antoine Dupont (France)
1. Andrew Porter (Ireland)
2. Malcolm Marx (South Africa)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
5. Thibaut Flament (France)
6. Caelan Doris (Ireland)
7. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)
8. Tom Curry (England)
*The final vote tally can be checked out here on Rugby JOE