The first round of Six Nations fixtures took place over the weekend, and as expected, there were plenty of standout displays and talking points from the three matches. Wales demolished Italy 42-0, Ireland edged out Scotland 19-12 and England fell to a 24-17 defeat in France. So following the opening weekend of action, we’ve decided to name our first Six Nations ‘Team of the Weekend’.
15 - Jordan Larmour (Ireland)
Jordan Larmour is the first name on the teamsheet. He looked solid against Scotland with the ball in hand and always appeared a threat.
14 - Jonny May (England)
Despite England’s disappointing defeat, Jonny May has to be in the side. His two second-half tries were brilliant and he almost pulled Eddie Jones’ side out of trouble single-handedly.
13 - Nick Tompkins (Wales)
Nick Tompkins, who could’ve opted to play for England, marked his Wales debut with a try in the win over Italy. His impressive display from the bench could see him make a first start next weekend against Ireland.
12 - Gael Fickou (France)
Gael Fickou was solid for France throughout during their victory over England and is starting to turn into an excellent centre who can excel in both sides of the game.
11 - Josh Adams (Wales)
Josh Adams simply had to be included in our side following his hat-trick against Italy. Coach Wayne Pivac labelled Adams as one of the best wingers in the world, and the 24-year-old is turning into a try machine.
10 - Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Johnny Sexton accounted for all 19 of Ireland’s points on Saturday and was influential with the ball in hand. His experience was vital in edging out Scotland on the opening weekend.
9 - Tomos Williams (Wales)
Tomos Williams just about pips France’s Antoine Dupont at scrum-half. His energetic display helped punish Italy on numerous occasions in Wales’ five-try triumph.
1 - Rory Sutherland (Scotland)
Rory Sutherland impressed on his return to the international stage for Scotland. After three-and-a-half years away, Sutherland’s physical performance was solid.
2 - Rob Herring (Ireland)
Rob Herring looks like he’s the man to succeed Rory Best in the long term and he did his cause no harm against Scotland.
3 - Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
Zander Fagerson’s powerful display for Scotland was certainly a positive for Gregor Townsend in the narrow defeat to Ireland. He could be key for his country over the next five weeks.
4 - Bernard Le Roux (France)
Bernard Le Roux helped France to a dominant first half against England. Eddie Jones’ side were expected to come out on top physically, however, lock Le Roux repeatedly denied the likes of Tom Curry, Courtney Lawes and Jamie George.
5 - James Ryan (Ireland)
James Ryan and Jonny Gray were involved in a great battle on Saturday, one we feel Ryan won. It was an entertaining clash, with Ryan’s ball-carrying catching the eye.
6 - CJ Stander (Ireland)
CJ Stander was excellent in attack and defence against Scotland, and without him, the result could have been different. He looks back to his best, which is a worry for the opposition!
7 - Charles Ollivon (France)
Josh van der Flier was also excellent, but France captain Charles Ollivon takes the spot. His two tries proved to be the difference in a feisty opener against England.
8 - Gregory Alldritt (France)
The final man to make the XV is Gregory Alldritt. His powerful running game and breakdown work caught the eye and made him a certainty in our side.