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6 Nations Tournament: The review

This year is the year of the consecration for France, which has achieved its first Grand Slam since 2010. We also witnessed the surprise victory of the Italians in Welsh lands with the arrival of new young players on the international scene.

6 Nations best player : Antoine Dupont

 Once again, the best player in the world was brilliant in this tournament. We will remember fantastic actions, like his crazy race against Scotland. But also crucial moments, when the scrum half knew how to temporize with his kicking game as against England. The captain of « Les Bleus » was able to take his team on the way to the grand slam and he deserves his title as best player of the 6 Nations even if some of his teammates like number 8 Gregory Alldritt could have applied as well.   

Honourables mentions : Gregory Alldritt, Gaël Fickou, Josh Van der Flier, Gabin Villière

 

6 Nations best youngstar : Marcus Smith

Brilliant with his Harlequin club, with whom he won the English championship, the young Marcus Smith had the difficult task of replacing captain Owen Farrell as flyhalf. Eddie Jones gave him total confidence by starting him every game in place of experienced George Ford. And the young flyhalf showed great performances despite the average results of the XV of the rose. He finished best scorer of the tournament with 71 points, a regularity at the foot that ensured the victory against the Welsh. Great prospects for the future and a possible association with Owen Farrell at the center that already makes you want.

Honourables mentions : Caelan Doris,  Yoram Moefana, Cameron Woki, Freddie Stewart, Ange Capuozzo

 

6 Nations best try : Ange Capuozzo’ crazy run  

On the last day of the tournament, Wales hosts Italy in Cardiff in its temple. The locals lead by six in a tight game because of Welsh indiscipline. When suddenly, two minutes before the final whistle, the young Grenoble player Ange Capuozzo throws himself into a crazy carry from his side escapes the defender thanks to fire steps, and offers the victorious try to his teammate Edoardo Padovani.

 

6 Nations’  XV :

1 : Ellis Genge

Currently one of the best left props in the world with a very good activity, the Leicester player surprised by his impacts and his performance in scrum against Ireland. The Baby Rhino has become an indispensable player of the Eddie Jones era.

2 : Dan Sheenan

A dynamic and sure-footer in conquest, Dan Sheenan was impressive in the phases of rucks but also ball in hand by multiplying the carries.

3 : T. Furlong

The Irish prop is a rock, still as active as ever, and it has a big impact in the Irish forwards domination. To be noted, the good performances of the French right prop W. Atonio who could also have been on the first place of the podium.

4 : Maro Itoje

It was a complicated tournament for the English, but they can still count on their warrior Maro Itoje, always at the forefront of the fight. His activity was notably remarkable against Wales with constant pressure on his opponents.

5 : Cameron Woki

The Bordeaux’ second row shone on the lineout during this tournament, his activity and his carry scored the opponents. With Paul Willemse, they form a complementary and particularly powerful duo.

6 : Michele Lamaro

 The young Italian captain brought a passion and a desire that allowed his team to pose problems to all the teams of the tournament and in particular to the Welsh they beat at home. He finished top tackler of the tournament.

7 : Josh Van der Flier

One of the great men of these 6 Nations, Josh Van der Flier was impressive by his volume and his ability to be supportive in all Irish actions. In addition, its multiple tackles and scratches also allowed Ireland to claim first place in the tournament.

8 : Gregory Alldritt

The French number 8 is simply tireless. Biggest ball carrier of the 6 Nations with 65 races, 8 offloads, best scratcher with 6 turnovers (tie with A. Dombrandt, M. Itoje and T. Halafihi). An impressive tournament for the Rochelle who chain the high-flying performances.

9 : Antoine Dupont

Once again, the best player in the world was brilliant in this tournament. We will remember fantastic actions, like his crazy race against Scotland. But also crucial moments, when the scrum half knew how to temporize with his kicking game as against England. The captain of « Les Bleus » was able to take his team on the way to the grand slam and he deserves his title as best player of the 6 Nations even if some of his teammates like number 8 Gregory Alldritt could have applied as well.   

10 : Romain Ntamack

Brilliant, the number 10 of the French team is in the process of winning everything in his path, champion of France, champion of Europe and now a Grand Slam. Excellent in the alternation with a precise kick, the Toulouse player is the player who has made the most decisive passes in this tournament.

11 : Gabin Villière

The Toulon winger finished best scorer of the competition with 3 tries (tie with Damian Penaud and James Lowe). He impressed by his envy and defensive quality with aggressive tackles and turnovers (rare thing for a winger).

12 : Gaël Fickou

The most experienced player of the XV of France, Gaël Fickou is simply the boss of this back line. All the French game goes through him and he is at the origin of all the beautiful French actions. Relentless in defence, the Racingmen will certainly be one of the essential leaders of the next World Cup in Paris.

13 : Garry Ringrose

A real detonator, the young centre confirms the success of Irish rugby and its province of Leinster. Especially with an exceptional performance against Wales in the opening of the tournament.

14 : James Lowe

Co-top scorer of the tournament with 3 tries, the New Zealand winger is an illustration of the attractive game that Ireland now offers under the leadership of Andy Farrell. Always hard to take on the 1-on-1, James Lowe is our second winger of the tournament ahead of high-performing competitors like D. Graham, D. Penaud and M. Hansen

15 : Stuart Hogg

The Exeter Chiefs player may not have done his best tournament, but he’s still a high-class player capable of making a stunt and helping his team win against England on the first day of the tournament.

 

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