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The All Blacks XV of their French based players is probably good enough to win the World Cup

So… much… talent.

WITH THE WORLD Cup less than one year away, many antipodean veterans are holding talks with northern hemisphere teams to secure one last mammoth pay check to end their careers. Just this week, DC10 signed up with Racing Metro for an estimated €1.5 million per year.

The New Zealand Herald did this great graphic selecting a team from the All Blacks who are based in France. What is truly depressing from an Irish rugby perspective is that this selection is still good enough to beat Ireland.

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You know you have a lot of attacking flair when every single member of your backline has their own Youtube highlights compilation.

In order…

Source: Helen Bedford/YouTube

 

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Source: Munster Rugby/YouTube

 

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Source: Lachie Munro/YouTube

Just for fun, here is an Irish XV of guys who play outside of Ireland.

15. Gareth Steenson

14. Niall Morris

13. Eoin Griffin

12. Eamonn Sheridan

11. Shane Monahan

10. Johnny Sexton

9. Peter Stringer

1. Tom Court

2. Denis Fogarty

3. Denis Coulson

4. Ryan Caldwell

5. Eoin Sheriff

6. Neil Best

7. Conor Gilsenan

8. James Coughlan

We should get a Kickstarter campaign together to organise a friendly between the two teams.

The French All Blacks would start as 24 point favourites though.

H/T to reddit.

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