BT Sport Names Their Aviva Premiership ‘Dream Team’ XV
Whoever ends up lifting the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy at Twickenham on May 26 will be worthy champions, but even that squad would have a hard time competing against the BT Sport Dream Team named at last night’s Premiership Rugby Awards.
Table-topping Exeter Chiefs have the most representatives with three, while five clubs contributed two players to the star-studded XV, including Wasps who were represented by fullback Willie Le Roux and flyhalf Danny Cipriani.
Le Roux and Cipriani were both on hand at the Royal Lancaster to accept their award and the latter admits it was a huge honour to make the cut.
“It’s brilliant to be named in the Dream Team but the great thing about rugby is it’s the most team-orientated sport in the world,” said Cipriani.
“You literally can’t do it without your team-mates but it’s nice to get the recognition.
“It’s not about bragging rights over other fly-halves but I do feel privileged to get the award because there were probably four or five other worthy winners in my position.
“I’ve really enjoyed this season – there’s a lot I’ve tried to work on and improve this year. That’s all I can keep focusing on, especially over the next couple days leading into Saturday’s semi-final.
“The boys are very excited – we know what a mammoth task it is going to Saracens because they are one of the strongest teams in Europe if not the strongest.”
BT Sport Premiership Dream Team
15. Willie Le Roux – Wasps
14. Vereniki Goneva – Newcastle Falcons
13. Rob Horne – Northampton Saints
12. Matt Toomua – Leicester Tigers
11. Josh Adams – Worcester Warriors
10. Danny Cipriani – Wasps
9. Faf De Klerk – Sale Sharks
1. Ellis Genge – Leicester Tigers
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie – Exeter Chiefs
3. John Afoa – Gloucester Rugby
4. Calum Green – Newcastle Falcons
5. Ed Slater – Gloucester Rugby
6. Jamie Gibson – Northampton Saints
7. Don Armand – Exeter Chiefs
8. Sam Simmonds – Exeter Chiefs