Who have Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Thinus Delport chosen as half-backs for our Super Rugby XV?
Last Updated: 07/07/14 10:29am
This season our experts will be putting together their Super Rugby Dream Team.
The likes of Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh and Thinus Delport will look at a different position each week and will name their contender for the starting XV.
With 18 years of Super Rugby to look back on, there is sure to be some big names losing out as our experts fight the corner of their chosen players.
15 - The contenders: Percy Montgomery (Thinus Delport), Matt Burke (Michael Lynagh), Christian Cullen (Sean Fitzpatrick)
Winner: Christian Cullen
Sean Fitzpatrick says: "Cullen was quite outstanding, probably one of the greatest players I have ever played with. This kid had natural ability. As strong as any of the forwards, ran like the wind and could sidestep off both feet at full pace. He created so much space and opportunity."
14 - The contenders: Bryan Habana (Thinus Delport), Joe Roff (Michael Lynagh), Joeli Vidiri and Jonah Lomu (Sean Fitzpatrick)
Winner: Joe Roff
Sean Fitzpatrick says: "He could play off both wings; if you were picking an all time Super Rugby player then Joe Roff would be right up there. We are asking him to play on the right wing here, he was an exceptional player."
11 - The contenders: Bryan Habana (Thinus Delport), Joe Roff (Michael Lynagh), Joeli Vidiri and Jonah Lomu (Sean Fitzpatrick)
Winner: Jonah Lomu
Thinus Delport: "Being a South African I really pushed hard from Habanan, but there is only one and that is Jonah Lomu. He was just so difficult to stop. When you have a winger like Lomu you don't need space because he would create space."
9 - The contenders: Justin Marshall (Sean Fitzpatrick), George Gregan ( Michael Lynagh, (Fourie Du Preez ) Thinus Delport.
Winner: George Gregan
Michael Lynagh says: I think he changed the way the game was played for a half-back and for a team. He did a lot of passing around the rucks and mauls and was a great general but when there were breaks to be made he did those. He was a great defender and just one of those players who changed the way the game was played.
10 - The contenders: Andrew Mehrtens (Sean Fitzpatrick), Stephen Larkham ( Michael Lynagh, (Henry Honiball ) Thinus Delport.
Winner: Andrew Mehrtens
Sean Fitzpatrick says: He was an unbelievable kicker but what he could also do was run. he did not get that much opportunity to run at test level but he was a very clever and intelligent player - a world class player.
12 - The contenders: Jean De Villiers (Thinus Delport),Matt Giteau (Michael Lynagh), Aaron Mauger (Sean Fitzpatrick)
Winner: Matt Giteau
Michael Lynagh says: "It was very close but we went for Matt Giteau because of his all-round ability. His attacking ability was probably the best out of the three. He was outstanding for the Brumbies when he came onto the scene as a very young man but boy could we see his talent straight away. He really had an eye for the gap."
No 8 - The contenders: Pierre Spies (Thinus Delport), Toutai Kefu (Michael Lynagh), Zinzan Brooke (Sean Fitzpatrick)
Winner: Zinzan Brroke
Michael Lynagh: Zinzan Brooke was one of the most competitive players I have come up against. You would go and have a beer with him afterwards and there would be a dart board there and he would want to win that as well. He was a great No.8 but he could have played No.10 - I played with him for a club in Italy and he was literally playing No 8, halfback and flyhalf all in one!
No 2 - The contenders:Bismarck du Plessis (Thinus Delport), Stephenj Moore (Michael Lynagh), Sean Fitzpatrick (Sean Fitzpatrick picked Keven Mealamu but was overruled by Michael and Thinus who picked Fitzy)
Winner: Bismarck du Plessis
Thinus Delport: "There has been a brace of great hookers down in South Africa but Bismarck really stands out. The amount of physicality he brings to the game is just immense - he is a one man wrecking ball. he creates a lot of turnovers at the breakdown because he just cannot be moved. I think he has made a massive impact in bringing that physicality to the hooker role and redefining the way that they play.
No 1 - The contenders: Patricio Noriega (Sean Fitzpatrick), Ollie Le Roux (Thinus Delport), Carl Hayman (Sean Fitzpatrick), Sona Taumalolo (Thinus Delport)
Winner: Ollie Le Roux
Thinus Delport: "Larger than life in stature and personality. His basic skillset actually is really hidden behind a big frame. He's got that great balling ability and he's very quick and strong off the mark. Ollie had a long career in South African rugby and made a big impact, and he was ahead of the pack of changing props. He really brought all different skills to the proposition."
No 3 - The contenders: Patricio Noriega (Sean Fitzpatrick), Ollie Le Roux (Thinus Delport), Carl Hayman (Sean Fitzpatrick), Sona Taumalolo (Thinus Delport)
Winner: Carl Hayman
Sean Fitzpatrick: "The first of the really big props. 6'5" - a huge, huge man. He played at tighthead and originally people thought he'd be too big, too long in the back, but really developed into a real scrummager. Unfortunately at international level we didn't really see the best of Carl Hayman, but at Super Rugby time he formed a very, very strong front row with Anton Oliver and Kees Meeuws. And at the line-out too, with the lifting being brought into the game, he was a wonderful lifter."
Super Rugby Dream Team
15 - Christian Cullen
14 - Joe Roff
12 - Matt Giteau
11 - Jonah Lomu
10 - Andrew Mehrtens
9 - George Grean
1 - Ollie Le Roux
2 - Bismarck du Plessis
3 - Carl Hayman
8 - Zinzan Brooke