Pick Of The 6 Nations XV

Written by (Quinnyshark)

Posted in :Admin on 27 Feb 2008 at 20:29

A little earlier I posted the Super 14 Team Team of the Week. As you all know, the Super 14 is not the only competition on the go at the moment – the NH heavies are all battling it out for the 6 Nations crown. This is Rugby365’s chosen 6 Nations Team of the Week…

Wales and England dominated Round Three of the Six Nations tournament and most pundits have now installed them as favourites for the title.

However, the other teams also made huge contributions to an entertaining weekend’s Six Nations action and in our Team of the Week review we look at the individuals from all the teams … rather than the team efforts.

In short, we again pick the Best from the Best.

Our talent pool is spread around nicely, with Scotland the only team not represented.

Also, and this may be a surprise to many, the unbeaten Welsh team doesn’t have the largest representation.

That honour goes to the fast improving Irish, who make up a third (five) of our team. England is next best with four members of our squad – while France, Ireland and Wales each have two members.

6N Team of the Week – Round Three:

15 – Cédric Heymans (France):
He was one of the few French backs who looked like sparking something.

14 – Paul Sackey (England):
He is busy maturing and developing into a fine wing. Some parts of his game needs work, but you can’t beat raw pace and he has plenty.

13 – Tom Shanklin (Wales):
Like good red wine the 28-year-old is getting better with age. At first Shanklin was regarded as a “super sub” in the Welsh side, but now – with 50 caps to his name – he has established himself in the starting lineup.

12 – Andrew Trimble (Ireland):
He has mostly been used as back-up to Gordon D’Arcy and Brian O’Driscoll – more often for O’Driscoll at outside centre. But with D’Arcy injured Trimble is once again showing his true value in the midfield as O’Driscoll’s partner.

11 – Shane Williams (Wales):
The Welsh wizard! Enough said.

10 – Jonny Wilkinson (England):
When Wilkinson fires, England can be pretty close to unstoppable, especially if that marauding pack gets going.

9 – Eoin Reddan (Ireland):
He may be new to the scene, having replaced veteran Peter Stringer in the starting XV at the World Cup last year. But his performances on the Six Nations stage – which includes a Man of the Match award in his first 6N game in the 16-11 victory over Italy at Croke Park – show he is going to be around for a while.

8 – Sergio Parisse (Italy):
When a team gets beaten as badly as Italy did, at the hands of Wales at the weekend, it takes a special player to stand out in the losing team. Parisse showed he is a class act.

7 – Thierry Dusautoir (France):
Another of France’s African born stars. If only the rest of his teammates was as committed as Dusautoir.

6 – Denis Leamy (Ireland):
He is so consistent that he is almost taken for granted, but this past weekend he was something special.

5 – Steve Borthwick (England):
He has established himself among the best line-out jumpers in the world and at the weekend again showed exactly why he is so highly rated by his peers.

4  – Donncha O’Callaghan (Ireland):
Although he initially appeared on the international stage as a replacement, he has now established himself as one of the most respected second row forwards in Test rugby.

3 – Martín Castrogiovanni (Italy):
He scored a classic prop forward’s try, but it is his allround game and powerful scrumming that impressed us most.

2  – Bernard Jackman (Ireland):
Having only just established himself as a regular in the Irish starting XV, he is now one of their standout players. A confident line-out operator who relishes running at defenders.

1 – Andy Sheridan (England):
He demolishes almost every scrum he comes up against and is a damn fine ball carrier as well.


  • It’s a real reflection on Scotland this 6 Nations – not 1 player selected!

    Paul Sackey is damn fast, but he looks a headless chicken on the field more often than not…well at least his team-mates pass him the ball, unlike Vainikolo who gets less ball than the Sharks wingers…

    As for 12, think my choice (based on the weekend) would have to go to Gavin Henson, he’s really performed since the Bok test in Nov. Literally shut up & let his rugby do the talking. Oh, & lost the orange tan. Good on ‘ya Gav!

    Bernard Jackman at 2, dunno about that, he seemed to struggle the game before…I dare say his “performance” says more about the pathetic state of the Scottish front row?

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.02.08 20:36:13 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Sergio Parisse is pure class though, stands out week after week in the ill-discliplined Italian pack..

    Oh, & he’s not even Argentinean born!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.02.08 20:37:29 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Hi Quin, haven’t had a chance to watch much Six Nations rugby – have watched a few games. Watched Ireland / Scotland last week.

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.02.08 20:52:39 by Nessa Reply

  • Heymans and Dusautoir were not picked by the French selectors for the Italian clash 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.02.08 21:35:32 by H.O. Reply

  • And Italian flanker Mauro Bergamasco this afternoon was banned for 13 weeks until June 2, 2008 for eye-gouging Welsh fullback (heelagter) Lee Byrne during last Saturday match. The player did not deny to be guilty. Erasmus is the replacement called by Mallett. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 😳 😳 😳 😆 😆 😆 😈 😈 😈 😀 😀 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.02.08 21:37:58 by H.O. Reply

  • Sharks boy Erasmus… 😎

    The Bergamasco brothers are bloody good, but Mauro in particular has a temperament that would make even Keegan Daniel blush. IF he could just avoid giving stupid penalties away & costing his team yellow cards, the Italians would actually have a loose trio that smokes most teams’ loosies. Good tight 5 too.

    IMO, Italy’s hugh weaknesses are:
    1) poor discipline
    2) NO flyhalf (I think Mallet has finally realised that Masi is NOT an international flyhalf)
    3) slow inexperienced scrummies
    4) a very mediocre fullback who can’t put his wingers away…but is the main placekicker 🙄

    Mallett sorts those 4 areas out, & Italy will start to really challenge Wales & close out tight games…

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.02.08 21:44:22 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Ness, very little S14 to watch here on Mud Island…so I have to make do with the scraps (6 Nations) 🙂

    HO, Marc Lievremont is astounding me with his selection policies… there seems to be a revolving door in the French squad, 1 weekend these guys are in & the next they’re out the squad totally. I actually predicted an English win on this basis… Look, you can look at it in a number of ways – at least he’s giving some youngsters a taste of international rugby, Trinh-Duc looks raw but a better long-term prospect than Skrela, Malzieu is the form winger in France etc… but I hope he’s a really good man manager cause that sort of selection policy sends out mixed signals to the players.

    As we all know by now, consistency in selection is very important.

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.02.08 21:48:40 by Le Requinny Reply
  • Le Requinny

    Marc Lièvremont is launching the way for the 2011 RWC. I think he has a lot of very talented and promising youngsters. I think he’s going to achieve many objectives 😛 😮 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.02.08 22:03:39 by H.O. Reply

  • Yes I agree HO, it’s definitely going to benefit them in the long run. Especially with the likes of Dominici, Ibanez, Betsen, Pelous etc having retired. And yet they still can win the 6 Nations! Trinh-Duc has got a bright future ahead of him, strange to think that there’s no room for Lionel Beauxis in Lievremont’s squad!

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.02.08 22:40:39 by Le Requinny Reply

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