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Autumn internationals: team of the week – in pictures

Lock: Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

He reached for Scannell’s lineout and got around in support to shake off weak tackles for his first international try in a perfect example of his work rate. He was back for his second from a stunning running line.


Lock: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Started with a couple of terrific takes at restarts and was at the heart of the home defensive effort. When he plays he always makes a difference. Grafted at mauls and generally made a nuisance of himself.


Flanker: Michael Leitch (Japan)

Impressive as ever. Saw plenty of work on attack and was unbeatable on defence.


Flanker: Justin Tipuric (Wales)

A sound effort from Tipuric, who seemed to be wherever the action was. His defence was excellent and he showed superb awareness to keep Welsh attacks moving. Wales were more streetwise than the Scots and Tipuric, the official man of the match, was a key part of that.


Number 8: Mark Wilson (England)

Fully justified his selection as a makeshift No8 and gave everything to the cause against South Africa. It was surprise to pick him there but it proved a masterstroke.

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