The World Rugby team of the decade



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The World Rugby team of the decade

The special edition of the World Rugby Awards made the ideal 15th of the decade. They are: 15 Ben Smith (New Zealand) 14 George North (Wales) 13 Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) 12 Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand) 11 Bryan Habana (South Africa) 10 Dan Carter (New Zealand) 9 Conor Murray (Ireland) 8 Sergio Parisse (Italy) 7 Richie McCaw (New Zealand) 6 David Pocock (Australia) 5 Sam Whitelock (New Zealand) 4 Brodie Retallick (New Zealand) 3 Owen Franks (New Zealand) 2 Bismarck Du Plessis (South Africa) 1 Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa) In the list there are Seven New Zealanders, three South Africans, one Australian, no players for England, France, Scotland and Argentina.

There are two players from Ireland, one from Wales and an Italian. World Rugby has named former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Frenchwoman Jessy Trémoulière respectively player and player for the years 2011-2020.

The best athletes of the Seven are New Zealander Portia Woodman and Fijian Jerry Tuwai, the goal of the decade was scored by Irishman Jamie Heaslip against Italy in the 2016 Six Nations. World Rugby also awarded the rugby players who have distinguished themselves in voluntary acts during the pandemic.

The winner was Maxime Mbandà.

All-Blacks won the Rugby Championships!

In Sydney, on the last day of the tournament, Argentina and Australia drowerd: New Zealand champion. Australia and Argentina drew 16-16. A result which officially hands over the title to the All Blacks, who finished at 11 points: Argentina and Australia close together at 8.

Argentinian Mario Ledesma, after the first victory over the All Blacks, got criticisms at home for not having adequately honored Diego Maradona's death, and then he faced the old racist tweets of Pablo Matera, Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, initially suspended, complete with revocation of the rank of captain at the first, only to reach a hasty rehabilitation in 48 hours.

Australia dominates and in a quarter of an hour collects 93 percent of possession and territory, forces the Pumas to 5 infractions, finally takes advantage of James O'Connor's return to the opening to move the backs better, but for several small errors fails to take home points.

And at 15 'comes the yellow card for the second line Marcos Kremer, who in an attempt to clean the ruck hits O'Connor with a shoulder to the neck. Domingo Miott, at 30 'puts in a place and carries on his team. At 34 'from a possession on a touchline launched in their own 22 meters, Argentina first advances up to 10 meters with the maul, then with Felipe Ezcurra they break the break in the opposing half of the field, with the half offering then the run in goal a Bautista Delguy.

On the last possession beyond the siren the Wallabies look for the big target, but are rejected by the Argentine trench on the goal line, so on the offside they choose to place with Hodge for 6-13. At 60 'difficult decision of the referee and Tmo, who sanctioned the Australian second line Lukhan Salakaia-Loto with the red card for a high, violent and dangerous tackle, on Santiago Grondona, with Miotti, definitively taking over from Sanchez, who slips the consequent placing for 16-9.

At 66 'the situation is rebalanced for the yellow at the second line Lucas Paulos, who crushes an Australian maul two meters from the goal and so a minute later the Argentines can do nothing on the new maul finalized by Hooper, with Hodge transforming for the 16-16.

And in the 79th minute on an Australian throw from touch, an Argentine infraction and recently placed inside the half court, from an angled position for Hodge, who however sent wide.