GALLERY: RUCK’s Team of the Week – Emily Scarratt, Mike Brown, Maro Itoje

It was a busy few days of non-stop rugby action, but which 15 players make our team of the weekend?
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Fullback: Mike Brown (England) 
Outstanding. It was majestic play by the fullback for England’s second try against the Pumas: his interception, running line and world-class offload made it a simple finish for Piers Francis on debut. He then broke again to set Care up for his score after the break.
Honourable Mentions – Gareth Anscombe (Wales), Leigh Halfpenny (British & Irish Lions), Israel Folau (Austalia), Ben Smith (New Zealand)

Wing: Ben Volovala (Fiji)
The winger kicked a drop-goal two minutes into the red to give Fiji a last-gasp 24-21 win against Italy on Saturday.

HM – Alex Cuthbert (Wales), Israel Dagg (New Zealand)


Centre: Emily Scarratt (England Women)
The centre seized the initiative for the Red Roses, scoring after just two minutes, as they recorded a historic win against New Zealand women to become the world’s highest ranked team.
HM – Garry Ringrose (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (British & Irish Lions), Anton Lienert Brown (New Zealand)

Centre: Ben Te’o (British & Irish Lions)
Warren Gatland singled him out after the game, getting better and better he said. The battering-ram centre has all but secured the 12 jersey for the first Test with another physical, all-action performance.
HM – Duncan Taylor (Scotland)

Wing: Keith Earls (Ireland) 
The winger was at his very best against the Chery and Whites as Ireland romped to a comfortable 50-22 win. Earls made a total of 4 clean breaks getting two assists and scored twice.

Fly-half: George Ford (England)
The general from last weekend continued his great form with another standout display against the Pumas. His goalkicking was also once again very good and that drop-goal was to die for.
HM – Finn Russell (Scotland), Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Elton Jantjies (South Africa), Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Scrum-half: Danny Care (England)
England’s efficient attack owed a lot to Care’s quick, accurate distribution. He also ran a great support line to score England’s third try in the second half.
HM – Rhys Webb (British & Irish Lions), Conor Murray (British & Irish Lions), Ali Price (Scotland)

Prop: Mako Vunipola (British & Irish Lions)
He was his usual immovable self with the ball in hand as he did his share of the carrying, and also brought a presence in the ruck that has rarely been seen before.
HM – Joe Moody (New Zealand)

Hooker: Jamie George (British & Irish Lions)
Unlucky not to have a try when the pack shoved George over the line, with the TMO ruling the footage “inconclusive”. The lineout functioned exemplary once again with a 100 per cent record.

Prop: Owen Franks (New Zealand)
HM – Harry Williams (England), Tadhg Furlong (British & Irish Lions)

Lock: Maro Itoje (British & Irish Lions)
An incredible athlete. Itoje showed the strength of his all-round game with seven tackles, constant carries and a great opportunist try. His understanding with Saracens team-mate George Kruis could edge him ahead of Alun-Wyn Jones.
HM – Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Charlie Ewels (England)

Lock: George Kruis (British & Irish Lions)
A general when it comes to the lineout and he also put in a shift with the ball in hand. A Test must.
HM – Joe Launchbury (England), Jonny Gray (Scotland)

Flanker: John Barclay (Scotland)
The stand-in captain was a tower from first to last minute against the Wallabies despite occasional differences with the referee, Stuart Barnes. 
HM – Peter O’Mahony (British & Irish Lions), Chris Robshaw (England)

Flanker: Sam Cane (New Zealand)
Scored the All Blacks 12th try to finish off the 78-0 rout against Samoa on Friday. The back-rower also made 14 tackles.
HM – Thomas Young (Wales), Michael Hooper (Australia), Sean O’Brien (British & Irish Lions), Hamish Watson (Scotland)

Number 8: Siya Kolis (South Africa)
HM – Taulupe Faletau (British & Irish Lions), Nathan Hughes (England), Jack Conan (Ireland)

 

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