Northampton Saints duo named in world team of the year

George North races for the line against Sale Sharks.
George North races for the line against Sale Sharks. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints stars George North and Alex Corbisiero have been named in the International Rugby Players Association World XV.

The pair have been picked by their fellow players, and are the only men to make the side from the Aviva Premiership.

Alex Corbisiero has been named as one of the props.
Alex Corbisiero has been named as one of the props. Credit: PA

Unsurprisingly, there are seven players from World Champions New Zealand named in the team, whilst North's Wales teammates Leigh Halfpenny and Sam Warburton and Adam Jones were also selected.

IRPA Players' World XV of the Year:

15 - Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), 14 - Ben Smith (New Zealand), 13 - Conrad Smith (New Zealand), 12 - Wesley Fofana (France), 11 - George North (Wales), 10 - Aaron Cruden (New Zealand), 9 - Aaron Smith (New Zealand)

1 - Alex Corbisiero (England), 2 - Bismarck du Plessis (South Africa), 3- Adam Jones (Wales), 4 - Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), 5 - Sam Whitelock (New Zealand), 6 - Liam Messam (New Zealand), 7 - Sam Warburton (Wales), 8 - Kieran Read (New Zealand)

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