Autumn Nations Series 2022: Team of the Tournament

TRU's ANS Dream Team
TRU's ANS Dream Team

As the Autumn Nations Series 2022 comes to an end, the TRU team pick their Dream XV from the 2022 tournament!

1. Andrew Porter (Ireland) - Ireland had a strong showing throughout the tournament, helped by there solid foundation at the scrum, spearheaded by Porter, who's becoming the in-form loosehead.

2. Malcolm Marx (South Africa) - The man mountain is huge in defense and the turnover king at the breakdown, an immovable giant limpet when it comes to jackaling. Beast.

3. Tadhg Furlong Ireland) - Another stellar tournament from one of the most consistent players in the game, the world class tighthead was impressive all over the park, as usual.

4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa) - The enforcer was on fire throughout the ANC, leading from the front wife his physicality, but also showing there's a decent pair of hands on the other side to his game.

5. James Ryan (Ireland) - With wins against South Africa, Fiji and Wallabies, you need that front foot ball, Ryan is your go to man, as well as being dominant at lineout time.

6. Ardie Savea (New Zealand) - Player of the tournament in many people's eyes, currently at the top of the world game, an absolute machine in both defense and attack.

7. Josh van der Flier (Ireland) - Winner of Player of the Year at the World Rugby awards, and put in some epic performances against the Southern Hemisphere sides.

8. Grégory Alldritt (France) - The big French number 8 carriers for fun, deceptively fast for such a large man. A great all-round game with turnovers and tries a plenty.

9. Aaron Smith (New Zealand) - At well over 100 caps for the All Blacks and at 34 years old the veteran scrum-half is such a experienced and savvy operator he's in line for many more.

10. Damian Willemse (South Africa) - Playing out of his usual position of full back, he took to it with ease, looked made for 10 with attacking threat, distribution and kicking options.

11. Emiliano Boffelli (Argentina) - Boffelli was at times unplayable when Argentina took the field, kept them in the fight with his boot and his arcing try-scoring runs. Darcy Graham had a fine tournament too.

12. Stuart Mccloskey (Ireland) - Had some of his best performances in a green jersey, a bruising ball carrier in the middle of the field with the ability to bring in defenders and release the rest of the Irish backline.

13. Rieko Ioane (New Zealand) - Speed for days, and makes the outside break look easy. Making that 13 shirt his own having moved in from the wing. Also showed how handy he is in defense.

14. Damian Penaud (France) - Penaud is a constant threat on the wing, effortlessly carving through defenses and touching down. Kurt-Lee Arendse deserves a shoutout as the top try-scorer with 5.

15. Ange Capuozzo (Italy) - Capuozzo has continued his Six Nations form in this tournament, he can create moments of magic from nothing, and finished up with 3 tries to his name.