RUCK’s 6 Nations Player of the tournament shortlist: Here’s who has impressed so far
Scotland’s Stuart Hogg has won it back-to-back years, with other former winners including Brian O’Driscoll, Shane Williams and Mike Brown.
So who’s in the frame to win it this time around?
The actual winner won’t be revealed until after the tournament, but here’s RUCK’s shortlist where we’ve selected a player from each of the Six Nations.
1. 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. The winger has also has a proven eye for an interception too, picking off passes from both Gareth Anscombe and Peter Horne to go under the sticks.
2. Aaron Shingler – Wales
A largely unheralded player, his athleticism and a deceptive turn of pace make him a huge threat in attack and he’s a constant thorn in the side of opposition lineouts. He has the physicality to match, too.
3. Owen Farrell – England
Has been one of the only English players to consistently perform during a pretty dour campaign. Leads by example on the field and some of England’s best attacking moments have revolved around his partnership with George Ford.
4. Huw Jones – Scotland
Outstanding. Two well-taken tries against England stand out, the second in particular being out of the very top drawer. Quickly becoming world class.
5. Guilhem Guirado – France
t is, then, no surprise to see that he’s France’s top tackler with 69 and is another captain who leads with his action as well as his words. The Frenchman is also a willing runner, averaging nine carries a game. His 6 Nations, however, looks over after the hooker suffered a knee injury.
6. Sebastian Negri – Italy
The Zimbabwean-born flanker has been a consistently abrasive character and has impressed more and more each game. On a complete note not, David Denton is Negri’s mother’s godson.