The 2018 Six Nations team of the tournament so far...

2018 Six Nations team of the tournament so far…

The leaders Ireland unsurprisingly feature heavily in RUCK’s picks for the 2018 Six Nations team of the tournament so far.

The third round of the Six Nations saw England’s Grand Slam hopes go up in smoke, Ireland take a huge step towards the title and France record a much-needed win.

So, now that we’re over halfway through the tournament, here is our standout XV thus far.

2018 Six Nations team of the tournament so far:

Fullback: Leigh Halfpenny – Wales

His kicking has been excellent and his ability to read the game is simply exceptional. Halfpenny was obviously missed against England but returned with another standout display against Ireland while he also got back amongst the tries with a brace against Scotland.

Wing: Teddy Thomas – France

Thomas has been a shining light in what has been another disappointing opening to the Six Nations for Les Bleus, scoring three wonderful tries in their first two games. It’s disappointing that he’s now out of the squad due to an off the field incident.

Centre: Huw Jones – Scotland 

Russell may have got the man of the match award against England but it was Jones who floored the old enemy as he knocked them out cold. His early try stunned the reigning champions and brought Murrayfield to life, and his second was a brilliant finish that showed off his power and pace that also had an echo of Brian O’Driscoll’s 2001 Lions score about it. Simply an outstanding player and a delight to watch.

Centre: Owen Farrell – England

A commanding display against Wales and two decent performances against Italy and Scotland earns him a place in our team. Peter Horne of Scotland and Bundee Aki of Ireland have also impressed.

Wing: Jacob Stockdale – Ireland 

Seven tries in seven Tests is not a bad start to any international career, and the Ulster wing is showing no signs of letting up his wonderful rate of scoring after bagging two more tries against Wales.