Fans' World XV of the Decade: Vote for your inside centre

International
by RUGBY.com.au staff

It's time to decide on the first of the centre spots in the RUGBY.com.au World XV of the Decade.

We need you to make the tough call from some of the biggest names in the game over the past 10 years.

Strong, dynamic runners and outstanding defenders, inside centres are most often another playmaking option and need to possess silky passing and accurate kicking skills.

Vote now for your pick at no.12.

Ma'a Nonu (New Zealand)

While he made his New Zealand debut in 2003, Nonu faced stiff competition early in his career from outstanding All Blacks Tana Umaga, Aaron Mauger and Dan Carter. but he made his mark in the 2010s, winning World Cups with the Kiwis in 2011 and 2015 as well as beating a host of players - including Carter, Dane Coles and Ben Smith - to be named New Zealand player of the year in 2015 after collecting his 100th Test cap.

Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)

Williams played in two World Cup-winning squads for the All Blacks as well as their bronze medal-winning side at this year's tournament, After switching codes from rugby league in 2008, Williams played 58 Tests for the All Blacks in two stints - around a return to league in 2013 for two seasons - as well as representing New Zealand in sevens at the 2016 Olympics. A second-rower in league, Williams played in the centres for the All Blacks where he was a devastating ball runner.

Owen Farrell (England)

While he is also an outstanding five-eighth, England captain Farrell has played most of his 83 Tests at inside centre, especially since the rise of George Ford, with whom he has formed a great 10-12 combination. A strong ball runner and solid defender, Farrell provides England with an incredible playmaking option at inside centre, with his wide array of kicking skills and moved past 100 World Cup points with his four penalty conversions in the final in Yokohama.

Kurtley Beale (Australia)

The hugely talented Beale can play almost any position in the backline and his playmaking skills mean he has spent many of his 92 Tests at five-eighth or fullback - as he did at the recent World Cup. But Beale has also been a strong presence for the Wallabies in the no.12 jersey over the past decade, where his ability to expose any frailty in the opposition defence has come to the fore.

Jamie Roberts (Wales)

A British and Irish Lions centre as well as playing 85 Tests for Wales, Roberts was a big part of the renaissance of Welsh rugby under Warren Gatland. A feared ball-runner and tenacious competitor, Roberts was part of Wales' 2011 and 2015 World Cup campaigns before playing his final Test in 2017.

Damian de Allende (South Africa)

While the South African World Cup winner possesses the silky skills needed at inside centre, he's most often found tucking the ball under his wing and barging through the advantage line at international level, something he's done very effectively in 47 Tests since making his debut in 2014.,/p>