In the latest of our ‘Best XV’ series, England International and World Cup winner Vicky Fleetwood takes us through the best XV she has played against. Now at Saracens, Fleetwood took time out of 15s to go onto the world sevens circuit. The 30-year-old flanker has been to two World cups, winning one, has a bronze medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and has already amassed 76 caps.
The XV that Vicky Fleetwood selected is:
- Toka Natua (New Zealand, 2015-present) – Difficult to stop, played a huge part in their win over us in the World Cup Final in 2017 scoring 3 tries.
- Cliodhna Moloney (Ireland, 2015-present) – Really tough competitor and always a battle to play against, whether it’s for club or country.
- Sarah Bern (England, 2016-present) – Best prop in the world whose running game is unbelievable. She’s so big and mobile, and still so young.
- Zoe Aldcroft (England, 2016-present) – Another young pup with an unbelievable work rate, outstanding defender and quite rightly got a couple of POTM awards during the Six Nations.
- Abbie Scott (England, 2015-present) – Great operator in the line out and works tirelessly with her fiancé on getting those double tops spot on!
- Linda Itunu (New Zealand, 2003-2018) – Hard-hitting player that always made her presence known in both 7s and 15s.
- Maggie Alphonsi (England, 2003-2014) – Changed the game in many ways and was a great role model for me.
- Romane Ménager (France, 2016-present) – Skilful and pacey back row that always puts a big shift in.
- Kendra Cocksedge (New Zealand, 2007-present) – Creates something out of nothing, a general within the Black Ferns team.
- Katy Daley-McLean (England, 2007-present) – Centurion with a cool head that makes things happen. Battling it out with Scaz [Emily Scarratt] for England’s all-time top point scorer!
- Portia Woodman (New Zealand, 2013-present) – Powerful runner who scores tries for fun on the 7s circuit.
- Kelly Brazier (New Zealand, 2009-present) – Pushed her out to 12 where I know she has played before because I wanted Katy at 10. She’s the full package: a silky runner, kicker and passer that causes all sorts of problems in both formats of the game.
- Emily Scarratt (England, 2008-present) – The best player in the world for me. I’ve played with her since I was 15 and have always had a much better chance of winning if she’s playing! She makes everything look so easy.
- Lydia Thompson (England, 2012-present) – Rapid and unreal acceleration, still can’t get over her finish in the 2017 World Cup! [Stunning 50m try, gathers the ball on halfway, beats three defenders and paces it down the win to score.
- Nolli Waterman (England, 2003-2018) – My old hot-stepping roommate. Awesome finisher turned commentator.