Judging different players for different positions also becomes more difficult because the nature of the game has changed in terms of pace, size and physicality in the 10 years.
INSIDE CENTRE: Rory Scannell. Munster have had many top-class 12s in the 10 years like Lifeimi Mafi, James Downey and Denis Hurley but Scannell is a second five eight in the true sense, has a huge left boot on him and nerves of steel as he showed last season with a winning kick from the halfway line with the last kick of the game.
OUT HALF: Ronan O’Gara. ROG set the standard for Munster out-halves in the professional era, JJ Hanrahan and Tyler Bleyendaal also were in the mix but you can have only one king in a kingdom and the Corkman was it.
BLINDSIDE FLANKER: Peter O’Mahony. Again a close call when you have the likes of Alan Quinlan in the frame but O’Mahony has led by example since his first game for the Reds.