Autumn Nations Series team of the week: Round 2 - Ruck

Autumn Nations Series team of the week: Round 2

It’s that time of the week where we compile our dream side from the weekend’s action, here is RUCK’S Autumn Nations Series Team of the Week:


Autumn Nations Series team of the week:


15. Frans Steyn (South Africa)

IOL: “Came on after about 15 minutes for the injured Willemse at fullback, and made a similar impact to the last victory over the All Blacks in Australia. Used his cannon boot to good effect to get the Boks out of trouble, and blasted over a 55-metre penalty as well. Also breached the Welsh defence with an outstanding line-break when he shaped to kick.”

14. Andrew Conway (Ireland)
RTE: “His finishing was lethal as he crossed for a hat-trick, particularly his first of the day when he judged Jamison Gibson-Park’s grubber to perfection. Reliable as ever when the ball is in the sky.”

11. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)

IOL: “Chased every type of Bok kick with great energy, and contested for possession courageously in the air. Thought he scored a wonderful try that was started by a Cobus Reinach line-break, but the referee ruled it out due to offside. Won the ball from a box-kick that led to the penalty that was kicked out to the corner, to set up the lineout for the winning try from a maul.”

Honourable mentions:

James Lowe (Ireland), Freddie Steward (England)


13. Henry Slade (England)

Telegraph: “Outstanding. Relished acting as the primary playmaker in Farrell’s absence. Would be very harsh if he was sacrificed against Australia.”

12. Damian de Allende (South Africa)

IOL: “Produced a devastating line-break in the first half, but was just a bit too late with his pass to Herschel Jantjies. Put his body on the line by running into the red Welsh defensive wall time and again, and made a number of tackles too.”

Honourable mentions: Manu Tuilagi (England)


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