With the fourth round of the Six Nations in the bag, RUCK.co.uk name their team of the week following another exciting weekend of rugby action.
Fullback: Brice Dulin (France)
Wing: George North (Wales)
— Wales Rugby Store (@WalesRugbyStore) March 11, 2017
The All Blacks would have signed off his first-half performance: terrific finish, aggressive tackles, rampaging charges, clean breaks, defenders beaten, the lot. Added a second try after break.
Centre: Jonathan Joseph (England)
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) March 11, 2017
Proved a point after being dropped. Stylishly exploited system errors in midfield for hat-trick.
Honourable mentions: Huw Jones (Scotland)
Centre: Owen Farrell (England)
Owen Farrell slots another penalty for the hosts.
England 23-7 Scotland
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 11, 2017
His combination work with George Ford was beautiful at times – slick passing and telepathic awareness. This was one of his best games in an England shirt in terms of attack, Scotland were completely bamboozled by the opposition’s 10/12 partnership.
Honourable mentions: Gael Fickou (France)
Wing: Kay Wilson (England women)
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 12, 2017
The speedster scored seven tries in England Women’s 64-0 win over Scotland Women at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday. We don’t usually include women players in our team of the week but this exceptional display couldn’t be ignored!
Honourable mentions: Virimi Vakatawa (France)
Fly-half: Camille Lopez (France)
Scrum-half: Rhys Webb (Wales)
The man-of-the-match started from the low point of conceding two penalties but then reaching the heights of a brilliant creative influence.
Honourable mention: Danny Care (England) Baptiste Serin (France)
Prop: Joe Marler (England)
— Harlequins (@Harlequins) March 11, 2017
Led the team out on his 50th cap and delivered exactly what Eddie Jones’ men needed; a solid scrummaging platform and a boatload of tackles.
Hooker: Ken Owens (Wales)
The man who hasn’t lost a lineout throw in the Six Nations, maintained that proud record and did plenty more.
Prop: Tadgh Furlong (Ireland)
He made a huge number of carries and the ledger was definitely positive with a huge tackle count in Cardiff.
Lock: Joe Launchbury (England)
FEATURE | ‘Joe Launchbury is threatening to make lock the glamour position of this @SixNationsRugby‘.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) March 8, 2017
Once again topped the Red Rose tackle count as he continues to push for a Lions spot.
Lock: Courtney Lawes (England)
The powerhouse’s carrying continues to improve and this was definitely one of his best games for his country. More and more he looks like a world-class lock, something that will make former coach Martin Johnson very happy.
Honourable mentions: Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Flanker: Sam Warburton (Wales)
— Welsh Rugby Union (@WelshRugbyUnion) March 11, 2017
It was Warburton’s thunderous tackle on Sexton that rattled the Irish outhalf to his core and the former. A brilliant display, particularly in defence.
Honourable mentions: CJ Stander (Ireland) Maro Itoje (England)
Flanker: Justin Tipuric (Wales)
Superb. Just superb. Rarely seemed out of the picture as he offered himself in support and made a nuisance of himself at close on every breakdown. Monstrous tackle count as well, a terrific way to mark his 50th Test.
Honourable mentions: James Haskell (England)
Number 8: Louis PIcamoles (France)
Honourable mentions: Sergio Parisse (France) Nathan Hughes (England) Ross Moriarty (Wales)