THE two conference winners from this season’s Guinness Pro14 campaign, who will compete in Saturday’s Grand Final at Celtic Park, have had one player each selected in the competition ‘Dream Team’.
Glasgow Warriors tight-head prop Zander Fagerson and Leinster second-row Scott Fardy have made the prestigious XV, which was selected by a media vote and announced on Premier Sport this evening.
Four clubs have two players represented, including Edinburgh, who finished fifth in Conference B – with loose-head prop Pierre Schoeman and No 8 Viliame Mata (who was also named the PRO14 player’s player of the year at an awards ceremony in Dublin earlier this month) making the cut.
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Munster, who finished second in Conference A behind Glasgow, and lost 24-9 to Leinster in last Saturday’s semi-final, provide second-row Tadhg Beirne and blindside flanker Peter O’Mahony; Ulster, who finished second in Conference A and lost 50-20 to Glasgow in their semi-final, supply scrum-half John Cooney and inside-centre Stuart McCloskey; while Connacht are represented by openside flanker Colby Fainga’a and stand-off Jack Carty.
Six Edinburgh and five Glasgow players made the initial 45-name shortlist for the Dream Team. In total, 11 clubs are represented in the final XV.
Rabz Maxwane of the Toyota Cheetahs is another award winner included. He scored a record-equalling 14 tries in this Guinness PRO14 season – nine of them scored away from home – and was voted in as the left wing.
Only three players from last season’s Guinness PRO14 Dream Team have been re-selected in second-row pairing Beirne and Fardy, and Ulster scrum-half John Cooney’s impressive performances at Ulster have kept him in the No 9 shirt.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 21)
Guinness PRO14 Dream Team 2018-19 –
15. Dan Evans (Ospreys)
14. Monty Ioane (Benetton Rugby)
13. Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues)
12. Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
11. Rabz Maxwane (Toyota Cheetahs)
10. Jack Carty (Connacht)
9. John Cooney (Ulster)
1. Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)
2. Ken Owens (Scarlets)
3. Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors)
4. Tadhg Beirne (Munster)
5. Scott Fardy (Leinster)
6. Peter O’Mahony (Munster)
7. Colby Fainga’a (Connacht)
8. Bill Mata (Edinburgh)