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Autumn internationals: team of the week – in pictures

Fly-half: Joey Carbery (Ireland)

The natural gifts as a ball player make it tempting to wait and see what the defence gives. He soaked too much in the tackle. He showed his skills with a left-footed clearance and five from five from the ground.


Scrum-half: Luke McGrath (Ireland) 


Prop: Ofa Tu’ungafasi (New Zealand) 

Solid at the set piece and defensively, and did plenty of work at the breakdown.


Hooker: Ken Owens (Wales)

Won a turnover within three minutes and wasn’t far from the action throughout the opening half, which didn’t end well for him when he was on the wrong end of a heavy hit to the face from Ryan Wilson. Bloodied, he still made it back onto the field. A Halloween tribute, perhaps? Whatever, Owens was brave and gutsy.


Prop: Andrew Porter (Ireland) 

Scrummaged with authority in his second start this season. There was almost a superman try, diving over a pile of forwards. His power was helpful in removing bodies at the ruck and poaching a penalty.

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