With the second round of the Six Nations behind us, it is a good time to continue the speculating on the composition of the team that will take on the Aussies later this year. Again, I base my selection on this past weekend’s performance only, so bear that in mind before you start baying for my blood!
Allow me to apologise for never posting the round 1 forwards selections – I suddenly found myself having my hands full with a sick youngling…
8. In round 1 I selected Jamie Heaslip for the back of the scrum after a great performance against Wales but this week’s performance necessitated a rethink. I am sure he will be on tour but based on round two, I have to select Tom Wood for his warrior’s performance.
7. Round 1 I selected Sean O’Brien for the constant threat at the breakdown and for his ball carrying. Justin Tipuric gets the nod in Round 2 as one of the most influential players on the park against the French.
6. My round 1 selection was Chris Robshaw (out of position, I know), which brings me to the biggest headache of all: Chris Robshaw or Ryan Jones? I reckon that both stands a good chance to go on tour with Robshaw even in with a chance at the captaincy. I must go with Ryan Jones this week though, as he put in a performance alongside Tipuric that may very well keep Warburton on the bench for Wales.
5. Apart from Coombs (see no 4) and maybe Richie Gray, the bulk of the locks will come from the English. Geoff Parling gets the nod both weeks, with Courtney Lawes as his backup.
4. Andrew Coombs have done enough to be selected in both round 1 and round 2. He tackles like a man possessed and he carries very well too. Honourable mention to Joe Launchbury, who will most certainly go on tour. An outside bet for this position is Richie Gray, although it might be a case of me wishing to see what a good coach can do with this giant.
3. Dan Cole got my vote in round 1 but I loved seeing Euan Murray back in form against Italy. He was at the heart of a titanic battle but in the end it was the Scottish scrum that had the greatest forward momentum.
2. Rory Best was the pick of the bunch in round 1 but round 2 belonged to Ross Ford. Honourable mention for Tom Youngs with two steady performances.
1. Cian Healy had a helluva game in round 1 but he made a complete mess of round 2, earning a ban which will cost him his next two six nations outings. The new look obviously did Joe Marler quite good as he was ever present at the breakdowns and put a lot of pressure on his opponent at scrum time.
I am sure you all have your opinions on who should make the BIL squad, feel free to share!Tweet