Who’s the best left wing?
- 10 Jan 2014
Two of our team members pick their No 11 for the SARugbymag.co.za Fans' World XV.
Savea stole the show in 2013 with his defender-smashing runs and incredible tries. He was the highlight of any Super Rugby weekend, bouncing off defenders, outpacing tacklers and delivering a few headaches (just ask Israel Dagg), but the big winger has also grown tremendously as he's gained experience with the All Blacks.
Savea has strengthened his hold on the No 11 jersey and been the go-to man when things get tough for Steve Hansen’s men. His two tries against England and his score against Ireland were perfect examples of how he never fails to deliver when they need him.
He seems to get faster and stronger with every game, and because of that Savea earns his spot in my World XV.
There's a reason why Toulon are paying Habana a reported €50,000 (R714,000) a month – he is the best winger in the world.
Habana was named Player of the Tournament after the 2007 World Cup before losing his mojo, but he found it again in 2012 and was deservedly named SA Player of the Year.
He was just as good in 2013. In the Rugby Championship, Habana scored three tries and made seven clean linebreaks, proving that he still has the speed and finishing skills needed to perform at the highest level. He also had a good end-of-year tour, memorably breaking away from inside his own half in the match against Wales, which resulted in a try for Jean de Villiers.
Habana may be 30 but he is showing little sign of slowing down and brings 95 Test caps worth of experience to the Boks. Why wouldn't you want him in your World XV?
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