6 Nations 2017 Team of the Tournament

March 21, 2017

15. Stuart Hogg

What a tremendous tournament for Scotland’s high flying full back (apart from perhaps the England match but he went off injured). No man influenced his nation’s performances more than Hogg in this year’s 6 Nations and his 3 assists in the final game against Italy proved just that. Must be nailed on to start at full back for the Lions…

Honourable Mention: At times Liam Williams (admittedly on the wing) was scintillating but just wasn’t quite for Wales, what Hogg was for Scotland.

14. Tommy Seymour

An accomplished finisher and extremely consistent. Seymour was a vital player for a resurgent Scotland and continues to look like a real test match player.

Honourable Mention: George North sparked into life against the Irish but failed to produce the goods in the earlier rounds. Likely to still start for the Lions though.

13. Garry Ringrose

The real find of the tournament. Consistently solid in defence and explosive in attack. Robbie Henshaw was labelled as BOD’s boot filler but in Ringrose the Irish have another star.

Honourable Mention: Jonathan Joseph produced some footwork that wouldn’t go amiss on Strictly Come Dancing, however he seemed to go missing against the Irish. A game where he really needed to be more influential. Remi Lamerat was also very good. 

12. Owen Farrell

A metronomic boot, defensively defiant, beautiful vision and that pass to Elliot Daly was just sublime. Blip against the Italians but Player of the tournament and one of the first names on the Lions team sheet.

11. Elliot Daly

This guy just keeps getting better and better and his versatlity will do him no harm. Like Farrell, he reads the game wonderfully and has phenomenal footballing skills. Blossoming by the second.

Honourable Mention: Vakatawa is an accomplished Slick Rick, but Daly was the real standout player in an unfavoured position.

10. Finn Russell

Bare with me; this was a tournament that was plagued with inconsistent performances at fly half. Sexton showed his true class when he returned for the Irish, however due to two man of the match performances and his tournament longevity, I've gone with Finn Russell. He’s got a long way to go but with Gregor Townsend on his case, he could be someting special.

Honourable Mention: The void between Sexton and the others is, in my opinion, vast. When he’s on it, he’s unplayable. He just didn't feature enough. Ford’s passing was exemplary when he had time but missed tackles, such as that one against Campagnaro, are still too existent. Camille Lopez also had a decent campaign. 

9. Rhys Webb

The little terrier from Wales was brilliant and has proved he possesses all the attributes to become a world class 9. The scrum half jersey is far from decided with regards to the Lions but he’s given himself a good shot!

Honourable Mention: Baptiste Serin is certainly a star of the future for Les Bleus; Noves, please give him time!

8. Louis Picamoles

Absolute juggernaut: No 8 was more devastating than Louis Picamoles this tournament. His running with ball in hand is truly ferocious constantly making vital yards for his team. If only he was eligible for the Lions..?

Honourable Mention: Ross Moriartey had a wonderful tournament and was culpable for a number of shuddering hits – he has a bright future. Sergio Parisse always deserves a mention.

7. Sam Warburton

Yes he played 6 the whole tournament but he looked like a new man without the pressures of the Welsh captaincy and had to be included. A rejuvenated Warburton can only be a good thing for both Wales and the Lions. He remains immovable at the breakdown and a real work horse.

Honourable Mention: Hamish Watson had a brilliant tournament for Scotland and was unlucky not to start every match. That said, when he did come on he was thrilling, and a nuisance to his opposition. Could he make the Lions plane?

6. C J Stander

This guy ran Owen Farrell close for player of the tournament. A real brute with ball in hand and has all the attributes of a world class flanker – his ability to play at 8 may unsettle team mate, Jamie Heaslip as far as Lions selection goes.

Honourable Mention: Kevin Gourdon had a terrific, yet rather under the radar type tournament. There were murmurings of his class from start to finish but he didn’t do quite as much as Stander.

5. Joe Launchbury

It was a very, very strong tournament when it came to 2nd rows but no one was better over the 5 rounds than Joe Launchbury. This guy has it all, yet may still find it difficult making that Lions XV. A sensational 6 Nations nevertheless.

4. Jonny Gray

Another fantastic set of test performances by this guy, chucking himself into tackles once again; seriously does anyone get past this guy? It’s fierce competition for the Lions spots but he’s given himself an excellent chance.

Honourable Mention(s): Courtney Laws has been a revelation whilst Maro Itoje is leading his own second row/back row revolution. Alun Wyn Jones also had some big performances, especially against the Irish. The Lions certainly aren’t lacking locks.

3. Tadhg Furlong

Put simply; he’s one of the best  tightheads around and his scrummaging ability is spine tingling (literally).

Honourable Mention: Zander Fagerson and Dan Cole were both strong throughout but no one reached the lofty heights of Furlong. 

2. Ken Owens 

In a tournament that wasn’t blessed with wonderful hooker performances, Ken Owens edges it for me. 

Honourable Mention: Whenever Jamie George came off the bench he looked energetic and pumped to be out there. It’s just a shame the England captain is the man keeping him out of the team.

1. Joe Marler

Won his 50th cap against Scotland for a reason; he’s a regular fixture in this England team now and deservedly so.

Honourable Mention: Jack McGrath and Scotland's Gordon Reid both gave great accounts of themselves throughout the campaign. 

There you have it; my 6 Nations team of the tournament. Do you agree with my selections?

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