Six Nations Team Of The Competition

Six Nations Team Of The Competition

It's been one of the strangest Six Nations season since the competition was impacted by the outbreak of foot and mouth back in 2001. 

The 2020 edition of the Championship may not have concluded due to the postponements but with the games unlikely to be played until October, we pick our team of the tournament (so far).

We saw a consistent France for three rounds before they fell to a defeat to Scotland, Italy showed signs of improvement, Joe Marler made the headlines for his own field antics with Genge doing the same for his brilliant post game interview while Wales and Ireland started their campaigns under new leadership.

So let's turn our attention to who made our team of the tournament, so far for 2020.

15. Anthony Bouthier - France

It's uncommon for a fullback to make the step up to Test rugby as seamlessly as France fullback Anthony Bouthier but if you have heard his back story, you will know he has had far from the continental route to the International stage.

Bouthier showed the calmness of a veteran test fullback and was exceptional with his boot putting a memorable spiral from his own 5m line.

Leigh Halfpenny was solid for Wales while if you don't include his errors Stuart Hogg actually had an excellent tournament.

14. Andrew Conway - Ireland 

 England and France rotated and changed their wingers throughout the tournament with Anthony Watson's single performance on the wing deserving a notable mention.

However, the right-wing goes to Conway who enjoyed some of his finest performances in the Green jersey during the Six Nations.

Sean Maitland was solid all round for Scotland but Conway beats him and Teddy Thomas to a place in the side.

13. Nick Tompkins - Wales

Virimi Vakatawa and Manu Tuilagi certainly came close to making the side but Tompkins stellar start to his test career earns him a place in our side.

Tompkins was elusive on attack and although he did have some faults on defence he was brilliant overall.

He shined on his test debut against Italy and was described as Wayne Pivac's swiss army knife by pundits during the competition.

There is certainly more to come from Tompkins at test level.

12. Owen Farrell - England

Gael Fickou was a real contender for the position before he was moved to the wing but in the end Farrell nicks the jersey with Hadleigh Parkes and Bundee Aki not too far behind.

Farrell recovered from a below average performance against France to star in the wins over Ireland and Wales.

11. Jonny May - England

By some distance England's best player in the win over France scoring a double. May backed that up with a great display against Ireland before suffering an injury in the win over Wales.
It was hard not to pick May who has consistently put in strong showings for England in the recent past and this Six Nations was no different.
Again Fickou was excellent, even on the wing for France, while Josh Adams' tournament was cruelly cut short after a hattrick in the opener.
10. Romain Ntamack - France
Dan Biggar and George Ford had superb campaigns during the Six Nations and can feel incredibly hard done by in not making the team but the sheer brilliance of Romain Ntamack was hard to ignore.
The youngster who is still just 20-years-old made test rugby look effortless and was sorely missed when he left the field injured in the loss to Scotland.
Slick, effective and just oozing with confidence Ntamack was simply outstanding when he was on the pitch.
9. Antoine Dupont - France
While other halfbacks had their moments during the competition this was by some way the easiest call to make.
Dupont dictated play well, he was excellent in everything he did sniping at the right times, producing flawless passes, smashed players backwards and produced moments of magic.
1. Rory Sutherland - Scotland
Scotland's scrum was superb during the competition and that was largely down to the impact Sutherland had.
His carries and tackles were also top-notch and was a welcomed returnee for Gregor Townsend's side.
Joe Marler also enjoyed an excellent campaign for England while Cian Healy also had a solid run.
2. Julien Marchand - France
Jamie George was his usual accurate and solid self without setting the competition alight while Ken Owens comes in an incredibly close second to the young Frenchman.
Marchand was all over the pitch in all of France's games and was accurate with his set-pieces. 
Again it was insanely close between the Welshman and Frenchman with the latter just taking the spot.
3. Kyle Sinckler - England

Furlong and Fagerson made a good run for the jersey but the Englishman takes it as he continues to change the way we think of the modern day tighthead prop.
He carried, tackled and distributed well throughout the start of the competition without forgetting his primary role of scrummaging well.
4. Maro Itoje - England
James Ryan painfully misses out to Itoje with the pair looking more and more destined to start in the Lions pack come 2021.
Ryan racked up incredible stats on both attack and defence averaging over 10 tackles and carries a game.
But Itoje's work rate was just as if not more impressive. He landed more tackles (64) than any other player from the six competing nations, equalled the highest tally of 8 turnovers won and was sublime in the rucks overall.
5. Bernard Le Roux - France
At the forefront of France's suffocating defence, Le Roux sent bodies flying backwards in all of France's games.
He was a menace for the opposition's attack spoiling numerous promising attacks and averaged over 15 tackles a game.
6. CJ Stander - Ireland
There were three standout number 8s during this year's Six Nations, to date, making it incredibly difficult to leave even one of them out. However, we have made a compromise for Stander who was man of the match in Ireland's opening two games of the competition and put in a hefty shift against England.
Courtney Lawes was certainly excellent for England on the side of the scrum as too was Francois Cros for France but Stander was overall one of the top players in the competition.
7. Justin Tipuric - Wales
There was always going to be a tough call at openside with Charles Ollivon, Hamish Watson, Jake Pollerdi and Sam Underhill all making huge pushes for the jersey. 
Honestly, it could have gone to any of the above mentioned but Tipuric's performances in all of Wales' games was enough to convince us.
He was brilliant in everything he did, he tackled well, distributed, carried and won turnovers for the side.
Possibly our most difficult call to make.
8. Gregory Alldritt - France
Another pivotal player in France's excellent run in the competition. Alldritt, like Stander, won the man of the match award in the two opening games and was robust and effective against Wales and Scotland.
A real front-runner for player of the tournament, Alldritt pips Tom Curry to a place in the side while also forcing Stander to the side of the scrum.

The 22-year-old cracked the top 10 in tackles, carries, defenders beaten, turnovers won, running metres and offloads before the competition was postponed.


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