RUCK picks their team of the 2017 Six Nations so far

The build-up to this year’s Six Nations was more anticipated than any other competition in recent times, with each nation looking strong.

So after six matches, we are now close to the halfway point in this year’s tournament.

Although results have ended the Grand Slam hopes of everyone but England, the tournament looks more competitive than ever,

We’ve been blessed with some great performances so far, especially from the likes of Ireland back-rower CJ Stander and England’s Elliot Daly.

But here’s our best XV of the tournament so far:

Fullback: STUART HOGG (Scotland)
With the ball in hand, there is no better full-back in the northern hemisphere and he showed that in both games so far.


Wing: JACK NOWELL (England)

Centre: GARRY RINGROSE (Ireland) 


Centre: OWEN FARRELL (England) 
A calm head on young shoulders, Owen Farrell continues to deliver whether at inside centre or fly-half. His ace boot helped England to back-to-back wins against France and Wales.

Wing: ELLIOT DALY (England) 


Fly-half: DAN BIGGAR (Wales)
There has been no standout fly-half thus far, but Welshman Dan Biggar’s standout performance against England is enough to earn a place in this team.

Scrum-half: RHYS WEBB (Wales)
Webb’s proclivity for addressing the referee aside, the scrum-half has had a fine Six Nations thus far, including plenty of savvy in and around the breakdown.

Prop: JOE MARLER (England) 

Hooker: KEN OWENS (Wales)

Prop: DAN COLE (England) 

Lock: JONNY GRAY (Scotland)

Lock: COURTNEY LAWES (England) 

Flanker: CJ STANDER (Ireland)
The South African-born back-rower was at his dominant best in Rome, powering his way through the beleaguered Italian defence, touching down a hat-trick. He was also one of Joe Schmidt’s better performers in the defeat to Scotland a week prior.


Flanker: KEVIN GOURDON (France)
This Frenchman is an under the radar candidate for player of the tournament, such has been his impact in the opening two rounds of the tournament.

Number 8: LOUIS PICAMOLES (France)

 

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