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Ayerza named in World Cup Dream Team

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Leicester Tigers prop Marcos Ayerza has been named in the Rugby World Cup Dream Team.Ayerza played a pivotal role in Argentina’s run to the semi-finals of the competition and his contribution to his country’s fourth-place finish has been recognised with a place in the tournament Dream Team.   The team was announced on Sunday during the World Rugby Awards in London.   Dan Carter was named World Player of the Year, world champions New Zealand were Team of the Year while Australia’s Michael Cheika was Coach of the Year.   Societe Generale Dream Team: 15 Ayumu Goromaru (JPN), 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder (NZ), 13 Conrad Smith (NZ), 12 Matt Giteau (AUS), 11 Julian Savea (NZ), 10 Dan Carter (NZ), 9 Greig Laidlaw (SCO), 8 David Pocock (AUS), 7 Schalk Burger (RSA), 6 Mamuka Gorgodze (GEO), 5 Leone Nakarawa (FJI), 4 Eben Etzebeth (RSA), 3 Ramiro Herrera (ARG), 2 Stephen Moore (AUS), 1 Marcos Ayerza (ARG)   Player of the Year: Dan Carter (NZ) Team of the Year: New Zealand Coach of the Year: Michael Cheika (AUS) Breakthrough Player of the Year: Nehe Milner-Skudder (NZ) Referee of the Year: Nigel Owens Try of the Year: Julian Savea (New Zealand v France, October 17) Women's Player of the Year: Kendra Cocksedge (NZ) Vernon Pugh Award for Distinguished Service: Nigel Starmer-Smith Men's Sevens Player of the Year: Werner Kok (SA) Women's Sevens Player of the Year: Portia Woodman (NZ) Award for Character: Pakistan Rugby Union IRPA Special Merit Awards: Nathan Sharpe and Brian O'Driscoll