With the 2015 Six Nations over and done with, we take a look at the key players and select our XV of the tournament…
15. Leigh Halfpenny
Halfpenny was a key man for Wales after putting in a number of key tackles and kicks to help keep his side in with a shout after a disappointing opening game. He also put in a couple of memorable catches that didn’t go unnoticed.
Honourable mention – Stuart Hogg
14. Anthony Watson
During his first Six Nations Watson didn’t quite light it up like many had expected, however he still showed enough to ensure he should retain his spot for the World Cup. He showed in flashes the kind of line breaking ability he has that helped England during key periods.
Honourable mention – Tommy Bowe
13. Jonathan Joseph
Joseph was quite probably the player of the tournament after scoring four tries during the first four games. He was solid in defence and an absolute menace in attack, linking up well with club colleague George Ford on several occasions.
Honourable mention – Luca Moriso
12. Jamie Roberts
Roberts looks back to his best after a number of barn-storming performances during this years Six Nations. He showed his power in the earlier rounds, before showing his full range of skills in the final games against Italy.
Honourable mention – Alex Dunbar
11. Liam Williams
Williams probably had his best game for Wales after moving to full back during the final game, however he did enough to warrant being included in the team. He looked like Wales most potent threat during the tournament with ball in hand.
Honourable mention – George North
10. Dan Biggar
There was an argument for including Sexton here, however he had a couple of mixed performances in the latter rounds, whilst Biggar remained consistent. The Welsh stand-off led his side well and was solid in defence, especially under the high ball.
Honourable mention – Johnny Sexton
9. Connor Murray
Murray is quite clearly the stand out scrum half in the northern hemisphere right now, and once again demonstrated his importance to Ireland as he controlled the game with his kicking and adjusted the tempo accordingly.
Honourable mention – Rhys Webb
8. Sergio Parisse
The only Italian player to make the list, Parisse was magnificent for the Azzurri as he helped his side to a famous victory over Scotland. His importance was highlighted during Italy’s capitulation to Wales in the final game when Parisse was absent.
Honourable mention – Billy Vunipola
7. Sam Warburton
Warburton is currently in the form of his life right now, and was a key man in helping keep Wales in the running for the Six Nations title. He put in the hard work in defence, won turnovers and even scored an impressive try in the final game.
Honourable mention – Blair Cowan
6. Thierry Dusautoir
Dusautoir was about the only French player to come out of the tournament with any credit after keeping his side in several games. He led by example and put in several huge shifts which highlighted just how much he was missed this time last year.
Honourable mention – Sean O’Brien
5. Alun Wyn Jones
The Wales lock was in imperious form once more, and could potentially be a fair shout for the player of the tournament. He is absolutely integral to that Welsh pack and will be a key man for them as they prepare for the World Cup.
Honourable mention – Paul O’Connell
4. Courtney Lawes
Despite missing the first half of the tournament, Lawes came back looking like he’d never missed a game and proved just how important he is to the England pack as he got stuck in and left opponents feeling rattled with some of his trademark big hits.
Honourable mention – Jonny Gray
3. Mike Ross
There weren’t really any stand-out tightheads during this years tournament, however Mike Ross’ importance to his side see him edge in. He put in several big shifts and did exactly what was required of him to help Ireland to victory.
Honourable mention – Samson Lee
2. Rory Best
Best is absolutely key to the way Ireland currently play as he acts almost like an additional openside, disrupting the breakdown and winning turnovers. He is a player Ireland will be hoping can remain fit ahead of the World Cup.
Honourable mention – Scott Baldwin
1. Gethin Jenkins
Jenkins wound back the years for Wales during the Six Nations and put in another series of important performances for his side. Given the lack of experience alongside him in the front row his importance cannot be underestimated.
Honourable mention – Cian Healy
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