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Round 4: Six Nations team of the week – Ireland dominate our XV

Round 3: Six Nations team of the week after the third weekend of action, which saw Ireland, France and Wales pick up wins against England, Italy and Scotland Respectively.
Fullback: ROB KEARNEY – Ireland

Awarded man-of-the-match for his performance, it wasn’t without error but it was an excellent display in the main; two clean breaks, three defenders beaten and very good in the air


Winger: GEORGE NORTH – Wales

Ended a tough week on a high, scoring Wales’s 200th Six Nations try as he supported Owen Watkins’s superb long-range break and was on hand to complete double with a well-taken score midway through second half. North also achieved a turnover. A fine return.


Centre: MATHIEU BASTAREAUD – France

The biggest back in the tournament. It often took two or three English defenders to stop him. The centre was always a danger.


Centre: HADLEIGH PARKES – Wales

Took advantage of joke tackling to score his third try in five Tests for Wales, but what really impressed about him was his expert decision-making. He gave Wales the direction they needed, a thinking player who managed the game well.


Winger: JACOB STOCKDALE – Ireland 

He is prolific, the Six Nations top try scorer now has six tries in the Championship. His international record stands at 10 tries in eight internationals. He also produced the two moments that defined the first half of the match, intercepting Peter Horne’s pass for a try and grabbing a second with lovely footwork.


Fly-half: JOHNNY SEXTON – Ireland

Once again had the abrasive running game and is not afraid to make contact. Also much better off the tee this weekend.


Scrum-half: MAXIME MACHENAUD – France

The Racing scrum-half was identified by Eddie Jones as France’s danger man and so it proved. One thumping tackle on May.

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