This year’s criminally underused Six Nations XV

This year’s criminally underused Six Nations XV

Warming the bench too often? Not being utilised enough to help their respective sides? Something just doesn’t add up when looking at the amount of Six Nations action this talented group has played…


Fullback: Tiernan O’Halloran (Ireland) 

Wing: Ashton Hewitt (Wales) 
Another example of Wales not blooding in youngsters. The speedster has great talent but hasn’t been given a chance to shine.

Centre: Ben Te’o (England)
He made the difference against France and impressed against Italy – scoring crucial tries in both games. Therefore, it’s disappointing that the rugby league convert hasn’t played even more although he’ll be important for England when a lot of the key figures are on Lions duty this summer. 

Centre: Jamie Roberts (Wales)
Some people were relieved to see Wales try something different but Roberts is always a great player for fans to watch. His bravery, immense power and experience have probably been underused by Rob Howley. 

Wing: Yoann Huget (France)
Having started 15 consecutive Six Nations matches prior to 2017, the winger has failed to regain his best form or his place in the starting XV. Sometimes bends the rules a little but is awesome to watch when he’s in full flight.

 Fly-half: Sam Davies (Wales)
Willing to play on the edge, the mercurial Davies is an excellent tactical kicker who has skilled hands and an uncanny ability to commit defenders, which creates space for others. Wales fans will be disappointed to have seen so little of the immensely talented pivot. 

Scrum-half: Maxime Machenaud (France) 
The Frenchman runs the show for Racing 92, but with the emergence of talented Baptiste Serin, he’s barely played for Les Bleus. His quick-thinking and excellent goalkicking have been missed with the playmaker making three replacement appearances. 

Prop: Cian Healy (Ireland)
Two years ago Cian Healy was rated the best prop in the world, fast forward to now and he’s having an immense struggle to get in the starting front row ahead of emerging star Jack McGrath. A frantic ball of energy with a superb work-rate, it’s disappointing that he’s only started against Italy thus far.

Hooker: Jamie George (England)
The Saracens hooker has made four replacement appearances – but fans were hoping to see a lot more of the dominant ball carrier. Compared often to New Zealand’s Dane Coles, the 26-year-old has been unlucky not to displace Dylan Hartley with the England captain retaining his place for his leadership qualities.

Prop: Kyle Sinckler (England) 
A modern day prop who has a real burst of speed to go with his obvious strength. An enormous talent, but like George, has yet to start a Test match, making all his showings from the bench.

Lock: Iain Henderson (Ireland)
His Lions chances have diminished during this Six Nations due to his lack of playing time and the impressive displays by the likes of Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Devin Toner and the Gray brothers. Henderson, who has two winners medal already, has struggled with injuries but when he’s at his best, he’s a pleasure to watch.  He returned for the final match against England, showing his ability with  a try.

Lock: Tim Swinson (Scotland)
The Glasgow lock has been in great form for the Warriors, starring in their successful Champions Cup campaign. However, due to the form of the Gray brother’s he’s been unable to shine during the Six Nations, making four replacement appearances. He did get a try against France, which was a great moment for him.

Flanker: Cornell du Preez (Scotland)

Flanker: Jack Conan (Ireland) 

Number 8: Taulupe Faletau (Wales) 
Ross Moriarty has played well to keep the monstrous No.8 out of the team, which in truth is very disappointing. Faletau, who shone during a tough tour for Wales in New Zealand last summer, has struggled to regain his fitness, meaning his Lions chances this summer could be in doubt.

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