Six Nations Team of the Weekend – Round Two
There was no Six Nations action last weekend, but there were plenty of impressive performances from the second round of fixtures the weekend before. Ireland continued their unbeaten start with an excellent win over Wales, England edged out Scotland to claim the Calcutta Cup and France saw off Italy in a high-scoring encounter. Here’s our Six Nations ‘Team of the Weekend’ from Round Two.
15. Jordan Larmour (Ireland)
Larmour helped Ireland continue their unbeaten start with a solid performance against Wales. He opened the scoring with a brilliant try and looked assured throughout.
14. Andrew Conway (Ireland)
Another Irishman who got his name on the scoresheet against Wales was Conway. The Munster-man looked strong in defence and backed up his impressive display against Scotland. He’s a contender for the Player of the Tournament at this stage.
13. Arthur Vincent (France)
French centre Vincent was solid in the win over Italy. He made 16 successful tackles against a resolute Italian outfit.
12. Sam Johnson (Scotland)
Both England’s Owen Farrell and Ireland’s Bundee Aki could’ve had this spot, but we’ve handed it to Johnson. He was arguably the Scot’s best player in the narrow defeat at Murrayfield.
11. Matteo Minozzi (Italy)
Wasps winger Minozzi scored a try for Italy in the defeat to France and did everything he could for his country. His awareness and handling also caught the eye.
10. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Several fly-halfs struggled in the second round due to the adverse weather conditions, but Ireland’s Sexton gets the nod from us. He used all his experience to help his country record another victory.
9. Antoine Dupont (France)
Dupont was incredible once again for France, and he’s a serious contender for the Player of the Tournament award based on his recent form. Had a major influence in another French win and always looks like he’s going to make something happen when on the ball.
1. Ellis Genge (England)
Genge only came on as a replacement against Scotland, but his late try was crucial in the win at Murrayfield. He’s improved Eddie Jones’ side from the bench twice already, so he could be in line for a start before the competition finishes.
2. Julien Marchand (France)
Young Frenchman Marchand has to be in our side. The hooker’s carrying, tackling and overall defensive showing was excellent against Italy.
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
Irish tighthead Furlong was brilliant against Wales. He appears to be getting back to his best and proved that with a powerful try to put Andy Farrell’s side back in front.
4. Maro Itoje (England)
Storm Ciara caused havoc up north, but England’s Itoje was up to the task in horrendous conditions. The Saracens star put in a remarkable 23 tackles in the narrow win.
5. James Ryan (Ireland)
Ryan is the last Irish star in our side. He carried 50 metres from 14 attempts while also making an impressive 18 tackles. He had to be in.
6. Paul Willemse (France)
Willemse’s display against Italy was arguably one of his best in a France shirt. He appears to be getting better and better on the international stage – a scary prospect for upcoming opponents!
7. Sam Underhill (England)
Flanker Underhill made 16 successful tackles against Scotland and was excellent in all defensive aspects of the game. A much-improved display from his opener in France.
8. Tom Curry (England)
The final inclusion in the side is Curry. France’s Gregory Alldritt and Ireland’s CJ Stander were serious contenders for the No 8 role, but Curry answered his critics by bouncing back with an excellent display up north.