Here’s our Six Nations team of the week from round two: Four players from England and Ireland, three from France, and two each from Scotland and Wales.
England and Ireland continue their unbeaten streak after an electrifying second round of this year’s Six Nations.
Let’s hope the excitement persists throughout the rest of the Championship. Here are the standout individuals from the weekend.
Six Nations team of the week:
15. Freddie Steward (England)
Evening Standard: “A masterful and vital performance from the Leicester full-back, who produced two match-saving interventions in the last 10 minutes. Unrivalled under the high ball.”
Planet Rugby: “A masterful performance from the full-back. As ever, Steward was superb under the high ball but there were several nice moments in attack too.”
Rugby Dump: “A Brilliant first break. solid under the high ball. Threatened every time. One of his best performances in an England shirt.”
14. Rio Dyer (Wales)
The Telegraph: “ The wing, just as he had been against Scotland, was Wales’s best back. He was particularly threatening in the first half.”
Wales Online: “Is quickly developing into a key player for Wales, and is getting better by the game. Is renowned for his attacking ability but his work off the ball has come on leaps and bounds.”
13. Gael Fickou (France)
Planet Rugby: “Back to his best after a poor 80 minutes last week and was rightfully named Player of the Match. He made a stunning break early in the game but was denied by Duhan van der Merwe, but he did get on the scoreboard before the break. Fickou was outstanding on defence and was crucial in the final result.”
12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
Rugby Pass: “The Italians struggled to contain Henshaw, two breaks from the centre leading to Ireland’s opening try and he offloaded superbly for Sheehan’s try. Got a little greedy when having a try correctly disallowed by Luke Pearce for ‘double movement’ aka playing the ball on the ground.”
Irish Independent: “Pinged at the breakdown in the opening minutes but it was a rare misstep. For the second week in a row, picked both good lines and options.”
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11. James Lowe (Ireland)
Rugby Pass: “Was a threatening presence behind the scrum and was constantly looking for work. His kicking out of hand was first-rate, his booming boot now the Aviva Stadium’s equivalent of ASMR. Was good value for his try.”
Irish Mirror: “Man of the Match. Settled into auxiliary kicking role immediately while excellent early poach caught the eye. First Irish player to clock up 50m with ball in hand, rewarded with fifth try.”