Every Premiership Team’s Best Former XV

The big news in the rugby world this past week was the appointment of former Saracens head coach, Alex Sanderson, as Sale Sharks Director of Rugby. This news, coming almost exactly a year on from former Saracen, Steve Borthwick, being appointed as Leicester Tiger’s DOR, prompted me to say in discord “Saracens are taking over the league”. Which got the whole server thinking, which Premiership team has contributed the most players to the rest of the league? Which team has the most productive academy? Which team has had the best players play for them? In this list Olly Wallace (Twitter: LastWordOlly) and I have gone through all 13 Premiership teams and compiled the best “former XV” for every team.

Bath:

  1. Nick Auterac (Northampton)
  2. Tom Woolstencroft (Saracens)
  3. Kane Palma-Newport (Colomiers)
  4. Dave Attwood (Bristol)
  5. Alafoti Fa’osiliva (Worcester)
  6. Matt Garvey (Gloucester)
  7. Carl Fearns (Rouen)
  8. Leroy Houston (Biarritz)
  9. Rhys Webb (Ospreys)
  10. George Ford (Leicester)
  11. Matt Banahan (Gloucester)
  12. Adam Hastings (Glasgow*)
  13. Ollie Devoto (Exeter)
  14. Olly Woodburn (Exeter)
  15. Tom Homer (London Irish)

Bristol Bears:

  1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
  2. Shaun Malton (Ealing)
  3. Lewis Thiede (Ealing)
  4. Ben Glynn (Northampton)
  5. James Phillips (Sale)
  6. Marco Mama (Worcester)
  7. Jack Lam (NEC Green Rockets)
  8. Nick Haining (Edinburgh)
  9. Alby Matthewson (Ulster)
  10. Ian Madigan (Ulster)
  11. Mat Protheroe (Ospreys)
  12. Tusi Pisi (Toyota Industries Shuttles)
  13. Jason Woodward (Gloucester)
  14. Tom Arscott (Newcastle)
  15. Matthew Morgan (Cardiff)

Exeter Chiefs:

  1. Greg Bateman (Dragons)
  2. Shaun Malton (Ealing)
  3. Greg Holmes (Western Force)
  4. Ed Holmes (Bristol)
  5. Dan Tuohy (Vannes)
  6. Tom Lawday (Harlequins)
  7. Matt Kvesic (Worcester)
  8. Dave Dennis (LA Giltinis)
  9. Nic White (Brumbies)
  10. Will Hooley (Saracens)
  11. Nemani Nadolo (Leicester)
  12. Sam Hill (Sale)
  13. Michele Campagnaro (Harlequins)
  14. Byron Mcguigan (Sale)
  15. Santiago Cordero (Bordeaux)

Gloucester:

  1. Yann Thomas (Bristol Bears)
  2. Franco Marais (Red Hurricanes)
  3. John Afoa (Bristol Bears)
  4. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs)
  5. Franco Mostert (Honda Heat)
  6.  Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors)
  7. Sam Underhill (Bath)
  8.  Sione Kalamafoni (Scarlets)
  9.  Dan Robson (Wasps)
  10. Billy Burns (Ulster)
  11. Marcel Garvey (Castres)
  12.  Bill Meakes (LA Giltinis)
  13.  Matt Scott (Leicester Tigers)
  14. Henry Purdy (Bristol Bears)
  15. Freddie Burns (Toyota Shuttles)

Harlequins:

  1. Lewis Boyce (Bath)
  2.  Dave Ward (Ampthill)
  3.  Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears)
  4.  George Merrick (Worcester Warriors)
  5.  Semi Kunatani (Castres)
  6.  Chris Robshaw (San Diego Legion)
  7. Luke Wallace (Leicester Tigers)
  8. Mat Luamanu (Bayonne)
  9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Exeter Chiefs)
  10.  Ben Botica (Bordeaux Begles)
  11.  Gabriel Ibitoye (Montpellier)
  12.  Jamie Roberts (Dragons)
  13.  Asaeli Tikoirotuma (Fijian Latui)
  14. Charlie Walker (Ealing)
  15. Tim Swiel (Stormers

Leicester Tigers:

  1. Fraser Balmain (Gloucester)
  2. Harry Thacker (Bristol)
  3. Logovili Mulipola (Newcastle)
  4. Ed Slater (Gloucester)
  5. Graham Kitchener (Worcester)
  6. Mike Williams (Bath)
  7. Will Evans (Harlequins)
  8. Pablo Matera (Stade Francais)
  9. Michael Young (Newcastle)
  10. Toby Flood (Newcastle)
  11. Alex Lewington (Saracens)
  12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale)
  13. Peter Betham (Clermont)
  14. Jonny May (Gloucester)
  15. Telusa Veainu (Stade Francais)

London Irish:

  1. Daniel Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
  2.  Rob Herring (Ulster)
  3. John Ryan (Munster)
  4. Matt Garvey (Gloucester)
  5. Matt Symons (Harlequins)
  6.  Jamie Gibson (Gloucester)
  7. Lasha Lomidze (Dax)
  8. Steffon Armitage (Biarritz)
  9. Scott Steele (Harlequins)
  10. Stephen Myler (Ospreys)
  11. Joe Cokanasiga (Bath)
  12.  Johnny Williams (Scarlets)
  13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath)
  14. Alex Lewington (Saracens)
  15. Anthony Watson (Bath)

Newcastle Falcons:

  1. Ben Harris (Wasps)
  2. Ross Batty (Bath)
  3. Kieran Brookes (Wasps)
  4. Tim Swinson (Saracens)
  5. Tevita Cavubati (Harlequins)
  6. Calum Green (Leicester)
  7. Glen Young (Harlequins)
  8. Opeti Fonua (Agen)
  9. Sonatane Takalua (Toulon)
  10. Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)
  11. Marcus Watson (Wasps)
  12. Johnny Williams (Scarlets)
  13. Chris Harris (Gloucester)
  14. Zach Kibirige (Wasps)
  15.  Simon Hammersley (Sale)

Northampton Saints:

  1. Jamal Ford-Robinson (Gloucester)
  2.  Joe Gray (Harlequins)
  3.  Ethan Waller (Worcester Warriors)
  4.  Jordan Onojaife (Ealing)
  5.  Sam Dickinson (Ealing)
  6.  Jamie Gibson (Gloucester)
  7. Callum Clark (Saracens)
  8.  Louis Picamoles (Montpellier)
  9. Cobus Reinach (Montpellier)
  10. Stephen Myler (Ospreys)
  11. George North (Ospreys)
  12. Jamie Elliott (Zebre)
  13. Luther Burrell (Newcastle Falcons)
  14.  Chris Ashton (Harlequins)
  15.  Ben Foden (Rugby United New York)

Sale Sharks:

  1. Simon Mcintyre (Wasps)
  2. Tommy Taylor (Wasps)
  3. Halani Aulika (Grenoble)
  4. George Nott (London Irish)
  5. James Gaskell (Wasps)
  6. Matt Rogerson (London Irish)
  7. TJ Ioane (London Irish)
  8. Sam Moore (Cardiff Blues)
  9. Richard Wigglesworth (Leicester)
  10. Cameron Redpath (Bath)
  11. Paulo Odogwu (Wasps)
  12. Mark Atkinson (Gloucester)
  13. Sam Bedlow (Bristol)
  14. Will Addison (Ulster)
  15. Mike Haley (Munster)

Saracens:

  1. Titi Lamositele (Montpellier)
  2. Jack Singleton (Gloucester)
  3. Christian Judge (Bath)
  4. Will Skelton (La Rochelle)
  5. George Kruis (Panasonic Wild Knights)
  6. Nick Isiekwe (Northampton Saints)
  7. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears)
  8. Sione Vailanu (Wasps)
  9. Ben Spencer (Bath)
  10. Max Malins (Bristol Bears)
  11.  Nathan Earle (Harlequins)
  12. Nick Tompkins (Dragons)
  13. Alex Lozowski (Montpellier)
  14. Chris Ashton (Harlequins)
  15. Alex Goode (NEC Green Rockets)

Wasps:

  1. Jake Cooper-Wooley (Sale)
  2. Antonio Harris (Jersey)
  3. Will Stuart (Bath)
  4. Matt Symons (Harlequins)
  5. Guy Thompson (Ealing)
  6. Nathan Hughes (Bristol)
  7. Nizaam Carr (Bulls)
  8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
  9. Joe Simpson (Gloucester)
  10. Alex Lozowski (Saracens*)
  11.  Elliot Daly (Saracens)
  12.  Siale Piutau (Bristol)
  13.  Kurtley Beale (Racing Metro)
  14. Charles Piutau (Bristol)
  15.  Willie Le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)

Worcester Warriors:

  1. Val Raparva-Ruskin (Gloucester)
  2. Agustin Creevy (London Irish)
  3. Biyi Alo (Wasps)
  4. Will Spencer (Bath)
  5. Tevita Cavubati (Harlequins)
  6. Chris Vui (Bristol Bears)
  7. Blair Cowan (London Irish)
  8. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
  9.  Ben Vellacott (Wasps)
  10.  Ryan Mills (Wasps)
  11. Cooper Vuna (Newcastle Falcons)
  12.  Josh Matavesi (Bath)
  13.  Jackson Willison (Soyaux Angoulême)
  14.  Bryce Heem (Toulon)
  15.  Josh Adams (Cardiff Blues)

Written by Ben Nurse and Olly Wallace with help from discord

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