Tuesday 12 December 2017

11 Irish players named in Guinness PRO12 Dream Team but no Leinster backs make the XV

Joey Carberry has been a big part of a Leinster team that has scored 90 PRO12 tries this season
Joey Carberry has been a big part of a Leinster team that has scored 90 PRO12 tries this season
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All four Irish provinces are represented in this seasons Guinness PRO12 Dream Team.

Glasgow winger Tommy Seymour is the only player from outside the four Irish teams to make it into the backline.

Tiernan O'Halloran, Connacht's sole representative in the XV, is at full-back. He is joined the Munster centre partnership of Jaco Taute and Rory Scannell, Charles Piatau is also on the wing, Tyler Bleyendaal is selected at flyhalf alongside Ulster's outgoing scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar.

Given that they have scored 90 tries in the competition this year, 20 more than any other side, it seems strange that not one Leinster back makes the side.

The league leaders only representative on the side are back rowers Jack Conan and Dan Leavy, who are joined by the Scarlets openside James Davies.

Munster's Billy Holland is included in the second row with Edinburgh's Ben Toolis.

Munster props Dave Kilcoyne and John Ryan are joined Wales international Ken Owens in the front row.

Rory Sheridan, Head of Sponsorship for Diageo Europe, was Chairman of the media panel, which comprised of journalists and broadcasters from across Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, who voted for the Dream Team.

2016/17 Guinness PRO12 Dream Team:

15 Tiernan O'Halloran (Connacht Rugby)

14 Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors)

13 Jaco Taute (Munster Rugby)

12 Rory Scannell (Munster Rugby)

11 Charles Piutau (Ulster Rugby)

10 Tyler Bleyendaal (Munster Rugby)

9 Ruan Pienaar (Ulster Rugby)


8 Jack Conan (Leinster Rugby)

7 James Davies (Scarlets)

6 Dan Leavy (Leinster Rugby)

5 Billy Holland (Munster Rugby)

4 Ben Toolis (Edinburgh Rugby)

3 John Ryan (Munster Rugby)

2 Ken Owens (Scarlets)

1 Dave Kilcoyne (Munster Rugby)

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