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Stephen Jones 'Best XV' controversy


No Irish, Scots or French as Wales dominate Stephen Jones 'Best XV He's Ever Seen'

Outspoken Sunday Times rugby columnist Stephen Jones has done it again, raising the ire of countless rugby fans with his latest selection.

Jones has never been shy of kicking the hornet’s nest, and the rugby contrarian’s ‘Best XV I’ve Ever Seen’ certainly doesn’t fail to deliver. The selection revealed on his latest The Times’s rugby podcast will do little to dissuade people that his desire to troll New Zealand and Ireland fans is diminishing with age.

Just two All Blacks make the team, while not one Irish, Scottish or French player was deemed good enough to make the starting XV. There was also no room for any Fijians, Samoans or Tongans.

The team however is populated with many of Jones’ pet favourites, as readers of his Sunday Times columns will attest – England lock Simon Shaw and centre Jeremy Guscott make the cut, as does Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez.

The was no room however for Wales’ Brent Cockbain, who Jones championed to lead the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

There were however four Welsh selection, three Argentines, two Englishmen, two Aussies, one Italian and the aforementioned two All Blacks.

15. Chris Latham (Australia)
14. Gerald Davies (Wales)
13. Jeremy Guscott (England)
12. Frank Bunce (New Zealand)
11. David Campese (Australia)

10. Juan Martin Hernandez (Argentina)
9. Gareth Edwards (Wales)

8. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
7. Sam Warburton (Wales)
6. Dan Lydiate (Wales)
5. Patricio Albacete (Argentina)
4. Simon Shaw (England)
3. Olo Brown (New Zealand)
2. Mario Ledesma (Argentina)
1. Garry Pagel (South Africa)

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No Irish, Scots or French as Wales dominate Stephen Jones 'Best XV He's Ever Seen'
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