Tuesday, 07 September 2010 08:26

ScrumQueens All Star World Cup Team named


(Image: Danielle Waterman makes our team at fullback)

By Ali Donnelly

The ScrumQueens World Cup All Star team features players from nine countries.  There are eight players from the winning side New Zealand, four from England, two Australians and two French players plus a representative each from USA, Canada, Ireland and Scotland.

Picking a team was a ridiculously tough ask as so many players put their hand up for selection - and in each position we had at least four very viable options!

Having watched every game between us, the ScrumQueens team has come up with the players below plus a bench of seven players.

We also chose England flanker Maggie Alphonsi as our Player of the Tournament.

 

1 Rochelle Clark (England)

A peerless front rower – Clark is an immense scrummager and she led England’s impressive forward charges throughout the tournament.

2 Fiao'o Fa'amausili (New Zealand)

Accurate at the line-out and great around the park, Fa'amausili was like a loose-forward at times charging through tackles and making great ground for her side.

3 Jamie Burke (USA)

A lynchpin in the USA scrum which really impressed throughout the tournament, especially in games against Ireland and Canada. She was a standout in the final match.

4 Victoria Heighway (New Zealand)

Very much one of the senior leaders in the Black Ferns side, she bosses the Black Fern lineout expertly and got through a mountain of hard work in the tight.

5 Jo McGilchrist (England)

An unbelievably quick lock – her amazing tackle on Carla Hohepa in the final deserves her spot here alone! But she had a superb overall tournament. She never stops running.

6 Casey Robertson (New Zealand)

Would probably prefer to be at number 8 but her versatility means she can play anywhere in the backrow and still play brilliantly. A hard ball carrier and a strong tackler, she made life very hard for opposing backrows.

7 Maggie Alphonsi (England)

Our player of the tournament. She can do everything well – tackle, run, score, turnover you name it, she does it. Quite simply outstanding and the iconic face of the entire tournament.

8 Debby Hodkingson (Australia)

Last year’s World Player of the Year lived up to her billing and she was a standout when her team needed it most. Very hard to stop, she’s also got skill to burn and some of her linking play with Cheryl Soon at scrumhalf was superb.

9 Marie Alice Yahe (France)

A consistent player in an up and down French team. Her pass was immaculate and she’s a great kicker from the base. Made life very hard for fringe defenders.

10 Katy McLean (England)

Not up to her usual standards in the final but throughout she was the most consistent ten at the tournament. Pretty accurate with the boot and her distribution was excellent throughout the competition.

11 Nicole Beck (Australia)

The outstanding image of the tournament will forever be her tackle on Fiona Pocock but she was more than about just one tackle. Her kicking was excellent from the tee, and her all round defence and pace made her a real star.

12 Kelly Brazier (New Zealand)

Brilliant in the final despite struggling with her kicking early on. Brazier can play in almost any backline position but it was at 12 she shone. Very hard to bring down, she’s got all the skills needed to be a world class player for many years to come.

13 Lucy Millard (Scotland)

Makes the team ahead of more celebrated players simply because she managed to standout even when her side were being pummelled in a couple of games. Dazzling steps and blistering pace as well as a super defence make Millard an all round centre any team would love to have in their side.

14 Carla Hohepa (New Zealand)

The top try scorer at both the 7s and 15s World Cup – her finishing is superb and she shone from the first day of action when her side hammered South Africa.

15 Danielle Waterman (England)

A brilliant tournament from a player who only just made the squad after damaging her ACL last October. Despite her size she is tough as nails and some of her tries were just outstanding. A great defender to boot.

Replacements:
Catrin Edwards (Wales)
Laetitia Salles (France)
Joy Neville (Ireland)
Kelly Russell (Canada)
Emma Jenson (New Zealand)
Victoria Grant (New Zealand)
Huriana Manuel (New Zealand)

 

 

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