Heaslip and Visser headline Magners Dream Team
May 2, 2011
Tim Visser has topped the try-scoring charts this season © PA Photos
Fionn Carr Jonathan Davies Richie Gray Jamie Heaslip Alun-Wyn Jones Casey Laulala Isa Nacewa Sean O'Brien Ronan O'Gara Ruan Pienaar Mike Ross Richardt Strauss Iestyn Thomas Tim Visser Sam Warburton
Leinster No.8 Jamie Heaslip and Edinburgh winger Tim Visser have been named in the Magners League Dream Team for the second year in succession.
Heaslip is one of five Leinster players to have made the cut, while Visser is the sole representative from the Scottish capital after breaking the record for most tries in a season.
Despite being runaway league leaders, Munster have only one player on the panel, veteran fly-half Ronan O'Gara.
Joining Visser in the back-three are Leinster fullback Isa Nacewa and Connacht wing Fionn Carr, while in the centre, Cardiff Blues' All Black midfielder Casey Laulala is paired with the Scarlets' Jonathan Davies. Ulster's Ruan Pienaar has been selected at halfback alongside O'Gara.
In the front-row, Scarlets loose-head Iestyn Thomas is joined by Leinster duo Richardt Strauss and Mike Ross, with the second-row comprising Ospreys skipper Alun-Wyn Jones and Glasgow's Scottish international Richie Gray. With Heaslip at No.8, his Leinster team-mate Sean O'Brien has been inked in at blindside, with Sam Warburton of the Blues on the opposite flank.
Magners League Dream Team 2010-11: I Nacewa (Leinster); F Carr (Connacht), C Laulala (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), T Visser (Edinburgh); R O'Gara (Munster), R Pienaar (Ulster), I Thomas (Scarlets), R Strauss (Leinster), M Ross (Leinster), A-W Jones (Ospreys), R Gray (Glasgow), S O'Brien (Leinster), S Warburton (Cardiff Blues), J Heaslip (Leinster)
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