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Fullback – Jason Robinson (Sale Sharks)Despite meriting close attention from opposition defences, Robinson consistently managed to find gaps for himself and his team-mates to create plenty of scoring opportunities for the Sharks.

Wing – Josh Lewsey (London Wasps) While Lewsey has taken possession of the No.15 shirt in England colours, he has also starred for Wasps on the wing where his powerful counter-attacking and fine-angled running has brought him many tries.

Centre – Will Greenwood (NEC Harlequins)Pressed into service as an emergency No.10 during the Quins' mid-term injury crisis, Greenwood still managed to impress, although it was when wearing the No.13 shirt that he really excelled to steer his team to a respectable mid-table finish.

Centre – Graeme Bond (Sale Sharks)The former Wallaby has looked extremely sharp since arriving at Sale Sharks mid-season, quickly becoming a cult hero amongst the Heywood Road faithful who have delighted in his sleight of hand and vision in the midfield.

Wing – Richard Haughton (Saracens)One of the stars of the England Sevens team, Haughton has also been in devastating form for Saracens, his uncommon pace and swift change of direction making him a key attacker for his club.

Fly-half – Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle Falcons)That the England No.10 still managed to rack up 205 points during Newcastle's fairly average Zurich Premiership campaign speaks volumes about the abilities of Wilkinson. Without their captain, the Falcons would in all probability have been relegated.

Scrum-half – Rob Howley (London Wasps)How Wales must wish they still had Howley performing in the No.9 shirt given the 32-year-old's integral role in Wasps' march to the Zurich Premiership title.

No.8 – Lawrence Dallaglio (London Wasps)Well known for his ability to peak at exactly the right times, the England and Lions No.8 got better and better as the season progressed, leading by example in the title-clinching showdown with Gloucester.

Flanker – Richard Hill (Saracens)England's Mr Consistency, Hill maintains his own high standards no matter whether in international or club colours and his mighty influence helped Sarries turn around their fortunes markedly during the tailend of the season.

Flanker – Andrew Blowers (Northampton Saints)Unquestionably Northampton's player of the season, the former All Black is a thoroughbred amongst backrowers and was badly missed during his mid-season injury lay-off.

Lock – Chris Jones (Sale Sharks)Definitely not the finished article quite yet, but the versatile forward has been marked down as a player of real class during an excellent season for the Sharks where he has bagged a number of his trademark long-range tries.

Lock – Simon Shaw (London Wasps)Some six years after he represented the Lions, the giant second row is still doing the business on the pitch, his huge bulk belying a highly skilled pair of hands and fair turn of pace.

Prop – Laurent Gomez (NEC Harlequins)The 32-year-old Frenchman has been one of the unsung heroes of the Quins side this season, combining solidity in the set-piece with a real willingness to take the ball forward in what has been a difficult 12 months for the Londoners.

Hooker – Trevor Leota (London Wasps)An inspirational character, the hooker rounded off a superb season with an excellent all-round performance against Gloucester in the Zurich Premiership Final at Twickenham, his strong running up the middle of the paddock gaining huge yardage for his side.

Prop – Craig Dowd (London Wasps)As you'd expect from a former All Black who earned 59 caps during his career, Dowd's scrummaging technique is rock-solid and he shows no signs of slowing down around the pitch, even at the relatively advanced age of 33.


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