After our vote for the 6 Nations team of the tournament we can unveil the starting line-up as voted for by the fans…
1 – Cian Healy
The Irish loosehead came back from his injury sustained on the Lions tour stronger than ever as he helped Ireland to the 6 Nations title. A resounding 82% of the vote indicates just how important fans felt Healy was to Ireland’s success this year.
2 – Rory Best
Best may have come in for some criticism on the Lions tour but a 93% line-out success rate coupled with some excellent work around the park saw him ease into this team ahead of Dylan Hartley with 47% of the vote.
3 – Mike Ross
Completing an all Irish front row, Ross has become a mainstay in the Ireland side since his début. Ross ensured the Irish scrum was a force to be reckoned with throughout the 6 Nations and received 56% of the vote.
4 – Joe Launchbury
Joe Launchbury has been excellent for England since his début in 2012, but this was the year he really came of age. A menace to the opposition throughout, Launchbury’s work rate during the 6 Nations was phenomenal and saw him receive 45% of the vote.
5 – Courtney Lawes
Lawes has been in and out of the England team over the last few years but his efforts in the 2014 6 Nations is likely to see him be difficult to exclude from the team. Lawes combined his usual physicality with running the line-out and received 75% of the vote.
6 – Peter O’Mahony
The Irish blindside flanker really stepped up his game this year and helped to reduce the effect felt by Sean O’Brien’s absence. O’Mahony received 74% of the vote and will make it hard for Schmidt to drop him any time soon.
7 – Chris Robshaw
The England captain may not have made the headlines but went about his business quietly and effectively. He has now made the third most appearances as England captain of all time and looks set to close in on record holder Will Carling. 51% of the vote indicates fans beginning to truly see his worth to the team.
8 – Billy Vunipola
Injury unfortunately cut short Vunipola’s first 6 Nations tournament but he still did enough in his 3 appearances to be voted into the team with 46% of the vote. His hard running and off-loading game ensure he is likely to reclaim the number 8 shirt this summer.
9 – Danny Care
This year Danny Care proved he has finally come of age as he really made his mark on the 2014 6 Nations. His sniping runs coupled with an improvement in his kicking saw him receive 81% of the vote this year.
10 – Johnny Sexton
Sexton may not have had the strongest season at new club Racing Metro in Paris this year but he managed to banish those problems as he guided Ireland to the 6 Nations title. His kicking may have been off in some games but he was a constant threat ball in hand and ended up receiving 73% of the vote.
11- Andrew Trimble
Trimble may have gone into this years 6 Nations with many people expecting huge amounts from him but he showed why the likes of Tommy Bowe and Simon Zebo remained on the fringes of the team. His from this year has been sensational and saw him receive 61% of the vote.
12 – Jamie Roberts
Dr Roberts is another player having a tough start to life in France but he managed to put those issues behind him as he once again slipped into the Welsh midfield. His powerful running and solid defensive work saw him receive 51% of the vote as he edged out Gordon D’Arcy.
13 – Brian O’Driscoll
It’s no great surprise that the most capped international player of all time made it into the team of the tournament. He proved once again that even at 34 he is still on top of his game with some magnificent off-loads and defence earning him 54% of the vote.
14 – Yoann Huget
The French winger tied with Andrew Trimble on 61% of the vote as he was one of the few shining lights in an incredibly disappointing 6 Nations campaign. His all round awareness saw him score several poachers tries and helped to ensure France did not finish with another wooden spoon.
15 – Mike Brown
Possibly the second most talked about player in this years 6 Nations, Mike Brown has been nothing short of fantastic for England this year. The Harlequins man was solid at the back and made metres every time he ran the ball resulting in him receiving 81% of the vote.
In total the nations most represented (in order) are below. It’s no wonder that Ireland and England dominate whilst Scotland and Italy have no representation at all in the final team.
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