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No Australian in World XV team

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

WELLINGTON - World No.3 Australia has been snubbed by the International Rugby Players' Association (IRPA) with no Wallabies being named in the World XV.

The world players' body handed out its awards for the first time, judged by the players themselves.

In a bright note for the Wallabies, fullback Israel Folau was named newcomer of the year.

However, seven All Blacks were named in team.

New Zealand No.8 Kieran Read was named player of the year, adding to the equivalent IRB honour bestowed on him this week.

"There's no greater honour than to be recognised by the people you play against," Read said.

"Rugby's a tough game — on the field there's no quarter given or expected. So for your opponents to single you out for this sort of attention means an awful lot."

Six other New Zealanders were named in a World XV — winger Ben Smith, centre Conrad Smith, five-eighth Aaron Cruden, halfback Aaron Smith, flanker Liam Messam and lock Sam Whitelock.

Four players from Six Nations champions Wales were selected, along with two South Africans and one player each from France and England.

World XV:

Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Ben Smith (NZ), Conrad Smith (NZ), Wesley Fofana (France), George North (Wales), Aaron Cruden (NZ), Aaron Smith (NZ), Kieran Read (NZ), Sam Warburton (Wales), Liam Messam (NZ), Sam Whitelock (NZ), Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Adam Jones (Wales), Bismarck de Plessis (South Africa) Alex Corbisiero (England)