The Official Six Nations Team Of The Tournament

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Six Nations data partners Accenture have named the official Six Nations team of the tournament based on a series of data points they collected…

15. Stuart Hogg

14. Tommy Bowe

13. Jonathan Joseph

12. Robbie Henshaw

11. Jack Nowell

10. George Ford

9. Connor Murray

8. Billy Vunipola

7. Chris Robshaw

6. Peter O’Mahony

5. Jonny Gray

4. Luke Charteris

3. Dan Cole

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini

1. Alasdair Dickinson

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How the team is calculated

Accenture use algorithms based on observed statistical relationships, as well as hands-on tweaks to produce a score for every player that shows how well they are playing.

The algorithm combines weighted values for every action – positive scores for metres gained, passes and so on, negative for poor handling or a missed tackle – and calculates an overall score. This analysis is carried in near real-time, typically running around a minute behind the on-pitch action.

The weightings are based on prior calculations of an action’s likelihood of leading to a point scoring opportunity, while the human tweaks come in where a particular action, such as kicking a penalty, would give a player a disproportionate score advantage over his teammates who provided him with the opportunity.

The top three players in each position

Full-back

1. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

2. Rob Kearney (Ireland)

3. Scott Spedding (France)

Right wing

1. Tommy Bowe (Ireland)

2. Yohann Huget (France)

3. Anthony Watson (England)

Outside centre

1. Jonathan Joseph (England)

2. Jared Payne (Ireland)

3. Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Inside centre

1. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

2. Jamie Roberts (Wales)

3. Alex Dunbar (Scotland)

Left wing

1. Jack Nowell (England)

2. Liam Williams (Wales)

3. Noa Makaitaci (France)

Outside-half

1. George Ford (England)

2. Dan Biggar (Wales)

3. Finn Russell (Scotland)

Scrum-half

1. Conor Murray (Ireland)

2. Rhys Webb (Wales)

3. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

Loosehead

1. Alasdair Dickinson (Scotland)

2. Jack Mcgrath (Ireland)

3. Joe Marler (England)

Hooker

1. Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)

2. Guilhem Guirado (France)

3. Ross Ford (Scotland)

Tighthead

1. Dan Cole (England)

2. Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)

3. Mike Ross (Ireland)

Second row (4)

1. Luke Charteris (Wales)

2. George Biagi (Italy)

3. Dave Atwood (England)

Second row (5)

1. Jonny Gray (Scotland)

2. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

3. Paul O’Connell (Ireland)

Blindside flanker

1. Peter O’Mahony (Ireland)

2. James Haskell (England)

3. Thierry Dusautoir (France)

Openside flanker

1. Chris Robshaw (England)

2. Sam Warburton (Wales)

3. Bernard Le Roux (France)

Number eight

1. Billy Vunipola (England)

2. Sergio Parisse (Italy)

3. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

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7 comments

  1. This is obviously nonsense. That Ford would be chosen over Sexton is suspect. That Sexton would not make it into the top 3 no. 10’s makes the Accenture algorithms rubbish. I hope they are not investing my pension using the same maths

    • Sexton missed the Italy game, missing one in 5 would have a great impact on rankings points.

      • Charteris only started 3 and was top 2nd Row. Liam didn’t start against England, Spedding didn’t play every game (3?4?) Looks like if you miss games you have just as good if not better chance to make it.

    • sexton should be top but his master class was against england and stats wise didn’t score enough points, given abit more rugby after his long break will be top 10 in the world by the world cup

  2. Have you been drinking, Stuart Hogg over Mike Brown, and i’m English but Sexton is sheer class although Ford is on the up.

  3. What the Algorithm fails to use is actual real life

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