This team is based purely on their current form in this years six nations, and not on past reputations. The Team would be entirely different in a real case scenario.
15) Mike Brown – The man has been on fire for England. His high ball skills, combined with freakish ability to beat defenders edges Halfpenny’s dead-eye goal kicking. Kearney is edged out by Brown’s counter attacking and positional play.
14) Andrew Trimble – The Irishmen has been solid, and has looked a real threat. Jonny May’s stats have been superb. But Trimble gives a hard-nosed rugged style to the team.
13) Luther Burrell – Four caps and three tries. Hard running lines, with defensive solidity have edged O’Driscoll. Burrell has been a key part of England’s quest for the Triple Crown; a surprisingly fast, powerful runner also has the all court passing.
12) Billy Twelvetrees – He outclassed Roberts in the Twickenham showdown, and has played a huge attacking role to set up the wider men. His ability to cut down Roberts was crucial to win the Triple Crown.
11) George North – Although not hitting his hefty expectations, he has been the best of a poor bunch of home nation’s wingers.
10) Jonny Sexton – He has run this Irish team magnificently; Deft passes along with superb vision and sharp running lines has formed him into the all court 10.
9) Danny Care – He’s in the form of his life. Trust and consistency in picking him has paid massive dividends for England. His sharp attacking play has been backed up by solid execution of the basics.
8) Ben Morgan – Morgan has made a huge impact coming off the bench for Vunipola, and in his start v Wales he outshone Taulupe Faletau. Big carries and hard tackles have made him into a big test player.
7) Chris Robshaw – His stats have been consistently outstanding. The Captain has been a true leader, and a real workhorse in defence.
6) Peter O’Mahony – One of the biggest Grafters in world Rugby; his attritional, hard-nosed defence makes him an incredibly difficult opponent. His ability to slow ball is also a real asset to any team’s defence.
5) Courtney Lawes – His phenomenal defence has been added to with slik hands and a strict discipline that has been lacking pre 2014.
4) Joe Launchbury – A relentless work ethic has seen him form an awesome partnership with Lawes. He is always topping the rucks and tackle charts.
3) Mike Ross – There has literally been no good tight-head props. So Ross gets the nod for his average performances.
2) Rory Best – Precise throwing has allowed the Irish Lineout to dominate teams. His attacking play has now been added to with good technical tackling and high carrying rates.
1) Cian Healy – His dynamic ball carrying has been supported by his solid scrummaging and rucking. A real threat to any pack.
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