Sunday, December 25, 2011

Patricio Albacete named in L´Equipe team of 2011

Argentine international secondrower, Patricio Albacete was named in the Top 14 Orange team of the year by the source commonly regarded as the authority of French rugby - L´Equipe. The award comes just days after Albacete won the prestigious Olimpia de Plata  for being Argentina´s best rugby player in 2011. The Puma was the only Argentine who made the ideal lineup for 2011 and the only non-Frenchman named in the tight-five. The players named in the side come from five of France´s Top 14 Orange clubs with Albacete´s Toulouse being  highest contributor with six players joining him in the team. Of Toulouse´s six players five started for France in the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite not making the World Cup squad, veteran centre, Yannick Jauzion was named as the best inside centre of the year.

Albacete was a part of the Top 14 Championship winning Toulouse team in 2011 and also a part of the Toulouse side which were beaten Semi Finalists in the Heineken Cup after going down 32-23 to Irish province Leinster who went on to defeat the Northampton Saints to win the European title. France´s second best team from the 2010-2011 season has been rewarded with three players making L´Equipe´s team. Clermont have also been given three places while Perpignan and Racing Métro each have one player in the side. In total twelve of the fifteen players are French. Albacete is joined by two players from second tier countries with the Montpellier pair of winger Fijian Timoci Nagusa and Georgian backrower Mamuka Gorgodze making the side. Curiously, Nagusa was overlooked for Fiji´s team and squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 and the team had a nightmare as after defeating Namibia  the Pacific Island country was badly defeated by South Africa and Samoa before being utterly outplayed and lopsing by over 65 points to Wales.

L´Equipe 2011 Ideal XV

15 Maxime Medard (Toulouse)
14 Vincent Clerc (Toulouse)
13 Aurelin Rougerie (Clermont)
12 Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse)
11 Timoci Nagusa (Montpellier)
10 François Trinh-Duc (Montpellier)
9 Morgan Parra (Clermont)
8 Julien Bonnaire (Clermont)
7 Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier)
6 Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse)
5 Patricio Albacete (Toulouse)
4 Lionel Nallet (Racing Métro)
3 Nicolas Mas (Perpignan)
2 William Servat (Toulouse)
1 Jean-Baptiste Poux (Toulouse)

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