5 Dec 2013

Scrum names Test 15 of the year

7:51 am on 5 December 2013

The Rugby website ESPN Scrum has named its Test team of 2013 with seven All Blacks selected.

IRB player of the year Kieren Read is at No.8, Liam Meesam at blindside, Sam Whitelock at lock, Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden are in the halves, Conrad Smith is at centre and Ben Smith on the right wing.

The rest of the XV is England prop Alex Corbisiero, Springbok hooker Bismarck du Plessis, Wales hooker Adam Jones, Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, Wallabies openside Michael Hooper, Wales winger George North, French second five Wesley Fofana and Wallabies fullback Israel Folau.