Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Celtic League 2008/09 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Celtic Rugby
Magners League 'Dream Team' announced
Scrum.com
May 28, 2010
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip celebrates a try, Leinster v Clermont Auvergne, Heineken Cup Quarter Final, RDS, Dublin, Ireland, April 9, 2010
Leinster's Jamie Heaslip once again makes the grade for the Magners League 'Dream Team' © Getty Images
Enlarge

Leinster and the Ospreys have been given a massive pre-Magners League Grand Final boost by having no fewer than seven of their players named in the Magners League 'Dream Team'.

Selected by a panel of 16 media experts from the three Celtic nations, who have been following the Magners League all season, the 'Dream Team' features players from no fewer than seven of the 10 clubs in the competition.

Recently crowned Irish and Welsh Player of the Year, Tommy Bowe, polled the most votes, 12 on the wing and one at centre, while Edinburgh's young flyer Tim Visser, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Saturday, received eight votes in both wing positions.

There are no fewer than three players from the Grand Finalists behind the scrum - Ospreys duo Bowe and centre James Hook are joined by Leinster centre Brian O'Driscoll. Up front, Ospreys prop Adam Jones and flanker Jerry Collins join Leinster No.8 Jamie Heaslip and lock Leo Cullen in the pack.

"It can be no surprise that the top two teams in the Magners League regular season are supplying almost half of the 'Dream Team'. They have both had excellent seasons and are set to provide us with a thrilling end in this weekend's inaugural Grand Final," said Celtic Rugby Director, David Jordan. "It is interesting to see six members of the 2009 British & Irish Lions squad being included in the side and there are also seven Grand Slammers from the Welsh and Irish triumphs in 2008 and 2009.

"That shows the increasing quality within the Magners League and there is no doubt the level of competition has grown dramatically this season thanks in no small measure to the introduction of the Play-Off system. I know the judges had a tough task in selecting their side and as well as the many big names they have included, there are also a host of other stars who have failed to make it this time."

Newly crowned European Challenge Cup Champions Cardiff Blues have Kiwi fullback Ben Blair and loose head prop Gethin Jenkins in the line-up, although No.8 Xavier Rush was pipped by one vote in his position by the outstanding Heaslip.

Beaten Play-Off semi-finalists Glasgow Warriors have record breaking outside half Dan Parks included at No 10 with a massive 11 votes, while openside flanker John Barclay was another outstanding favourite with 11 selections.

This is the fourth season the Magners League 'Dream Team' has been selected at the end of the campaign and there are some familiar names in the 2009-10 line-up. Heaslip is the only player to have appeared every year, while Bowe makes it three in a row and Blair makes the XV for the third time. Jenkins, Jones and O'Driscoll were also included in last year's team.

Magners League 2009-10 Dream Team:
15 Ben Blair (Cardiff Blues)
14 Tommy Bowe (Ospreys)
13 Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster)
12 James Hook (Ospreys)
11 Tim Visser (Edinburgh)
10 Dan Parks (Glasgow Warriors)
9 Tomas O'Leary (Munster)
1 Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues)
2 Ken Owens (Scarlets)
3 Adam Jones (Ospreys)
4 Leo Cullen (Leinster)
5 Ali Kellock (Glasgow Warriors)
6 Jerry Collins (Ospreys)
7 John Barclay (Glasgow Warriors)
8 Jamie Heaslip (Leinster)

© Scrum.com

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Darts - European Championship
    Golf - McGladrey Classic
    Golf - Perth International
    Tennis - Swiss Indoors
    Tennis - Valencia Open
    Tennis - WTA Finals
  • Golf

    Whiteford leads as push to keep Tour card intensifies

    Scotland's Peter Whiteford leads the Perth International, where Englishman James Morrison broke Thorbjorn Olesen's course record after just 24 hours

  • Football

    'It is 100 percent the best goal I've seen live'

    Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says Erik Lamela's stunning "Rabona" strike against Asteras Tripolis should already have won him the Puskas award for the best goal of 2014

  • Football

    Wenger insists there's nothing wrong with Arsenal's training

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted his team do not need to step up their training regime, despite comments from defender Per Mertesacker suggesting extra work may need to be put in to resolve their defensively difficulties this season

  • Football

    Serbia awarded 3-0 win over Albania

    UEFA has awarded Serbia a 3-0 walkover for their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier against Albania in Belgrade but have also deducted the Serbians three points and ordered their next two home qualifiers to be played behind closed doors

  • Football

    Fit-again Walcott not mentally ready for return - Wenger

    Arsene Wenger is waiting to reintroduce fully-fit winger Theo Walcott to Arsenal's first team as the forward "gets used to being kicked again" after his long-term knee injury

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!