Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Pete takes a look at his Six Nations team of the tournament.

By Peter Randall
25th March 2015
By Peter Randall
25th March 2015

15: Stuart Hogg

Was always going forward even when Scotland weren’t, and his ability to influence a game regardless of how dominated his team are marks him out as a future legend of the game. 

14: Yoann Huget

Played every minute of the French campaign. A sizeable chap who doesn’t rely on force alone, he oozed control and dependability throughout the campaign. 

13: Jonathan Joseph 

Seems to have made his name the first one on the team sheet – the England centre partnership debate is now who will partner him rather than looking for both centres. 

12: Robbie Henshaw 

A fantastic campaign, the highlight probably being killing England’s Grand Slam hopes in Dublin, he will be one to watch at the RWC later this year. 

11: Anthony Watson 

Admittedly the France game was a bit of a blip, but  he showed his international pedigree by putting in a belter of a hit after missing his first three attempts at a tackle. He has cemented his place in the side and had a great campaign.   

10: Jonathan Sexton

In a campaign where fly-halves were very much a talking point with every team, Sexton once again showed why he is the NH’s answer to Dan Carter as he controlled games with ease and assurance. 

9: Rhys Webb

Bagged a few tries and was very much at the centre of Wales’ picking themselves up after the opening defeat. Nippy, determined and very clever, he is the unsung hero of a star-studded backline. 

1: Joe Marler 

Tackled his way into this side, playing like an extra flanker and winning scrums and penalties whenever England needed him to most. 

2: Rory Best 

A quiet but highly effective Six Nations for the veteran hooker, reliable and strong. 

3: Dan Cole 

A tough and uncompromising shift at the coal-face for the Leicester man. 

4: Alun-Wyn Jones 

Probably one of the best Second Rows of the 21st Century, he does it all and was always a rock for Wales. 

5: Paul O’Connell 

Needs no real qualification, was described by his boss as a man who “doesn’t know when to quit”. 

6: Dan Lydiate 

An unsung hero of Wales’ campaign, there is nothing so useful as a man who can completely take the momentum out of any opposition attack. 

7: Sam Warburton 

While Chris Robshaw does deserve huge plaudits, this one is built on the baseline – Warburton’s first full campaign (if memory serves) and a stonking run against Italy showed his leadership is a very tangible thing. 

8: Billy Vunipola 

Could have been England’s man of the match in every game. A mammoth game against France capped off a tremendous campaign the Saracen. 

The Subs Bench

16: Leonardo Ghiraldini 

17: Martin Castrogiovanni 

18: Mike Ross 

19: Devin Toner 

20: Chris Robshaw 

21: Edouardo Gori 

22: George Ford 

23: Leigh Halfpenny

The Rugby Magazine

Filed under: Six Nations, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Wales
Written by: Peter Randall
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