In 2017, we will celebrate the 15th year that the Premiership Rugby Final has decided the champions of England at Twickenham Stadium and to commemorate this important milestone we are compiling the Greatest XV team.
The team will be released position by position from 1 December with the final XV being announced on the day that the tickets for the 2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final will go on sale at 10am on Thursday 15 December. For all of the details head to premiershiprugby.com/Final
• The 15th Premiership Rugby Final will be staged on 27 May 2017
• Tickets go on sale at 10am on 15 December from premiershiprugby.com/Final
Some of the biggest names in the world game have graced the 14 Premiership Rugby Finals to date with thousands of caps under their belts so we have enlisted some of the people who have been involved in English rugby in the last 15 seasons to adjudicate. From the playing side David Flatman and from the world of media BT Sport’s Nick Mullins and the Press Association’s Rugby Correspondent, Andrew Baldock, on a panel chaired by the former editor of Rugby World Magazine Paul Morgan, who is now Communications Director at Premiership Rugby.
The list of players to have featured in a Premiership Rugby Final reads like a Who’s Who of World Rugby. Just the list of half-backs alone includes players like Matt Dawson, Julien Dupuy, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Nick Evans, Rob Howley, Charlie Hodgson, Peter Stringer, Mike Catt, Toby Flood, George Ford and Ludovic Mercier. That list alone shows you how difficult this job is going to be!
The terms of engagement will look at their performances in the Finals so ultimately their career at the top level will win them a place in the Greatest Premiership Rugby Final XV.
Here is the team so far:
- Marcos Ayerza – Leicester Tigers
- Schalk Brits – Saracens
- Petrus Du Plessis – Saracens
- Simon Shaw – Wasps
- Ben Kay – Leicester Tigers
- Martin Corry – Leicester Tigers
- Jacques Burger – Saracens
- Lawrence Dallaglio – Wasps
- Richard Wigglesworth – Sale Sharks/Saracens