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The42's international rugby dream team for 2015

Unfortunately no Irishmen make the cut.

ANOTHER YEAR OF international rugby has come to an end so there is no better time to unveil The42′s best XV of the last 12 months.

Obviously in a World Cup year more weight was given to performances in the autumn showpiece but we took the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship into account too.

Just a word of warning: many All Blacks feature.

15. Ben Smith

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2015 - Semi Final - South Africa v New Zealand - Twickenham Stadium Source: PA WIRE

14. Santiago Cordero

Britain Rugby WCup Argentina Australia Source: Associated Press

13. Jonathan Joseph

Rugby Union - 2015 RBS 6 Nations - England v Scotland - Twickenham Source: Mike Egerton

12. Ma’a Nonu

Britain Rugby WCup New Zealand Australia Source: Tim Ireland

11. Julian Savea

Britain Rugby WCup New Zealand Georgia Source: Associated Press

10. Dan Carter

Rugby Union - Dan Carter File Photo Source: David Davies

9. Aaron Smith

Britain Rugby WCup South Africa New Zealand Source: Associated Press

1. Marcos Ayerza

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2015 - Quarter Final - Ireland v Argentina - Millennium Stadium Source: Andrew Matthews

2. Dane Coles

Rugby Union - Team File Photos Source: David Davies

3. Sekope Kepu

France Rugby Australia Source: Associated Press

4. Alun-Wyn Jones

Britain Rugby WCup South Africa Wales Source: Matt Dunham

5. Brodie Retallick

Britain Rugby WCup New Zealand France Source: Christophe Ena

6. Schalk Burger

Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2015 - Bronze Medal Match - South Africa v Argentina - Olympic Stadium Source: PA WIRE

7. Richie McCaw

Richie McCaw Retirement File Photo Source: PA WIRE

8. David Pocock

Britain Wales Australia Rugby Source: Associated Press

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