We pick the 15 best players in their positions from 2018.
15 Jessy Tremouliere (France)
A stunning 6 Nations where she played a central role in helping France claim a Grand Slam, secured the French star a spot in our team at fullback. Injured for the Autumn Internationals, Tremouliere was still the standout of the year in her position with her try-scoring, kicking and evasive running all making her a pleasure to watch earlier this year. Other notable mentions go to England's Ellie Kildunne, Canada's Elisa Alarie and New Zealand's Selicia Winiata who all excelled at various points of 2018 in the number 15 shirt while Australia's Mahalia Murphy impressed against New Zealand.
14 Lydia Thompson (England)
Is there a better finisher in the women's XV game at the moment? Her hat-trick against Ireland was a high point in the Autumn and if she stays fit, Thompson will be a vital player for England in what promises to be a fascinating 6 Nations. She brings a cool head, a superb nose for the try line and strong leadership and experience to an England team which while being on the cusp of turning pro, is also transitioning with new faces and combinations ahead of the World Cup. Other wingers to standout this year include Wales Jazz Joyce and Jess Kavanaugh while Renee Wickliffe remains a class act for the Black Ferns.
13 Stacey Waaka (New Zealand)
Waaka was outsanding in the midfield for New Zealand this Autumn, having also starred for the NZ 7s team. Her creativity and tough defence make her a rock solid choice in the midfield. Kildunne also impressed for England here in the 6 Nations, while Italy's Michela Sillari also had a fine season in the same spot. Jade Le Pesq was also superb for France in both midfield positions in the Six Nations.
12 Anna Soiluva (Finland)
While there were excellent performances from many more well known players in this position this year, including Ireland's Sene Naoupu, England's Rachael Burford, France's Camille Boudaud and Scotland's Helen Nelson, the lesser known Finnish centre Anna Soiluva has been a try scoring machine for years in Finland (and in Scotland, where she briefly turned out for Broughton in 2010) and she earns her spot this year. In 2018 she scored in practically every game for Tampere at club level, and in Finland's only test of 2018 she was the standout player, scoring the home team's only try and proving a constant threat for the higher ranked and more experienced Swiss - whose own centre Rahel Bosshard was also a strong contender. If we saw Finland more regularly on the test stage, we have no doubt she would be just as well known as many of her international colleagues.
11 Caroline Boujard (France)
Brilliant for France in the 6 Nations earlier this year, Boujard is a classic French player full of great footwork and incisive running. She is a joy to watch and her finishing played a key role in the French Grand Slam win. Special mention should also to go the now retired Danielle Waterman, who was excellent as ever in this unfamiliar position earlier this year.
10 Pauline Bourdon (France)
Comfortable at 9 or 10 and edged into the former for the Autumn tests by the equally brilliant Caroline Drouin, Bourdoin had to be in the team for her versatility, and her role in delivering a Grand Slam. Katy Daley-Mclean is an obvious player to mention here as a consistent force in the number 10 shirt, while the experienced Elinor Snowsill has been key for Wales this season.
9 Kendra Cocksedge (New Zealand)
Another outstanding year for one of New Zealand's most consistent players was rewarded with numerous awards on her return from the Autumn tour. For the early part of her career Cocksedge had to wait patiently in the shadow of Emma Jenson but she has become one of the Black Ferns best and more reliable players with her kicking and all round play-making ability making her one of the most outstanding scrum-halves of the current era.
1 Vikki Cornborough (England)
Another player who is rewarded for her consistency, Cornborough her been a mainstay for England this year and helped to spearhead some highly impressive pack performances which laid the foundations for so many wins this season. New Zealand prop Pip Love also had an excellent season in the loosehead shirt while Ireland's Lindsay Peat has proved herself a powerful ball carrier.
2: Fiao'o Faamausili (New Zealand)
The now retired New Zealand captain will be a huge loss both for the Black Ferns and the test game. She has led her team brilliantly through the ups and downs of recent years and was outstanding this season in leading a dominant New Zealand pack. Elsewhere, Cliodhna Moloney has impressed for Ireland as has Carys Phillips for Wales in the hooker shirt.
3: Julie Duval (France)
The veteran French prop has been the cornerstone of the French pack for years and was Ms Consistent again this season with her set piece work of the highest quality as France dominated the 6 Nations and beat New Zealand for the first time. Other notables include England's Sarah Bern, who will be around for years to come while Wales prop Amy Evans has been strong again this year.
4: Abbie Scott (England)
Having grown into her leadership role this year, Scott captained England this year and played with fine maturity throughout an excellent season where the England pack were so often dominant. With fierce competition for the lock spot from players like Eloise Blackwell, Lenaig Corson and Siwan Lillicrap she and N'Diaye (next) deserve their spots.
5: Safi N'Diaye (France)
The shift to lock means that France can select one of the fastest back rows in the game and still retain N'Diaye's explosive powerful running and tackling game. She has continued to be a huge force again this season, with her strength adding to the French set piece and her leadership vital in a great year.
6: Gaëlle Hermet (France)
The France captain goes from strength to strength. There is rarely a game where she is not contentder for player of the match and she had taken to the captaincy like a duck to water, leading France to a Grand Slam and a first win over the Black Ferns. Other notable mentions include the Italian Giado Franco, the backrow revelation, Wales backrow Alisha Butchers and Linda Itunu who as ever was a powerful force this season.
7 Claire Molloy (Ireland)
Consistently one of Ireland's best players, Molloy has been the best player in green once again this season. Her brilliant work over the ball, her pace and her tackling make her surely the first name on the Irish team sheet and as a former Irish captain, she offers real leadership for Adam Griggs' team. England's Marlie Packer's poweful and determined action packed game also always make her a contender here.
8 Romane Menager (France)
The brilliant French backrow capped her year with a stunning try against New Zealand in the final Autumn game of the season. Although she started the year slowly, coming in and out of the team during the 6 Nations, her final run was stunningly good. Still only 22 years old, she is already a star of the game. Other notables include Wales Sioned Harries, England's Sarah Hunter and New Zealand's Aroha Savage while the USA's Jordan Gray-Matyas looks a real find.