Cheetahs wing Rabz Maxwane is among the nine South Africans nominated for the official Pro14 dream team following his record-equalling season.
Maxwane will compete with Edinburgh’s Darcy Graham and Leinster’s James Lowe after scoring 14 tries this season – equalling the record set by former Scotland wing Tim Visser.
The 23-year-old is the only player from the two South African franchises to be nominated for a place in the team.
Other nominees include Ulster loose forward Marcell Coetzee, Benetton Treviso’s Dewaldt Duvenage and Braam Steyn, as well as Edinburgh trio Pierre Schoeman, WP Nel and Jaco van der Walt.
The final team will be revealed on Thursday, 23 May.
Pro14 dream team nominees:
Loosehead prop: Dave Kilcoyne (Munster); Eric O’Sullivan (Ulster); Pierre Schoeman (Edinburgh)
Hooker: Epalahame Faiva (Benetton Rugby); Rob Herring (Ulster); Ken Owens (Scarlets)
Tighthead prop: Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Marco Riccioni (Benetton Rugby)
Lock: Tadhg Beirne (Munster), Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors), Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby)
Lock: Scott Fardy (Leinster); Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors); Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys)
Blindside flank: Max Deegan (Leinster); Peter O’Mahony (Munster); Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues)
Openside flank: Colby Fainga’a (Connacht), Braam Steyn (Benetton); Hamish Watson (Edinburgh)
No 8: Marcell Coetzee (Ulster), Bill Mata (Edinburgh), CJ Stander (Munster)
Scrumhalf: Caolin Blade (Connacht); John Cooney (Ulster); Dewaldt Duvenage (Benetton)
Flyhalf: Jack Carty (Connacht); Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors); Jaco van der Walt (Edinburgh)
Left wing: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh); James Lowe (Leinster); Rabz Maxwane (Cheetahs)
Inside centre: Bundee Aki (Connacht); Willis Halaholo (Cardiff Blues); Stuart McCloskey (Ulster)
Outside centre: Tom Farrell (Connacht); Rey Lee-Lo (Cardiff Blues); Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors)
Right wing: Monty Ioane (Benetton Rugby); Johnny McNicholl (Scarlets); Ratuva Tavuyara (Benetton Rugby)
Fullback: Dan Evans (Ospreys); Mike Haley (Munster); Matthew Morgan (Cardiff Blues)
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