We take a look at the stand out performers from the first round of action in the 2016 Six Nations and select our best XV…
There wasn’t really a standout full back this weekend, however Williams looked solid for Wales despite originally travelling as a reserve, and made some telling breaks.
It wasn’t really a weekend for wingers with very few having stand out games, however North looked somewhere near his best with some solid carries and impressive runs.
The Italian centre remained a constant threat against France, carrying well and making a number of significant breaks that helped get his side on the front foot in the French half.
The Welsh centre played in the 13 shirt as usual this weekend, but was so good that he couldn’t be left out. He helped spark the Welsh backline and made some telling kicks through.
Nowell got himself on the score sheet, and made some nice breaks against Scotland whilst he remained solid in defence and came in off his wing well through the midfield.
Ignoring his goal kicking which was frankly abysmal, Canna was superb for Italy, scoring a try, drop goal, penalty and conversion as he orchestrated his sides backline well.
Murray put in another solid shift in Dublin for Ireland scoring a poaches try from just a couple of metres out, and helped keep the tempo up for his side whenever possible.
The game ended in disappointment with Parisse missing a drop goal, but other than that he once again proved why he is so vital to Italy at this level.
He may not be a seven, but Stander was in fine form for Ireland at blindside with some massive carries and made some big telling tackles against a spirited Welsh offence.
Another player included slightly out of position, but Vunipola was the one stand out during the Calcutta clash with some massive carries to get England on the front foot.
5.Alun Wyn Jones
Jones may not have done much of the flashy stuff against Ireland, but he was involved all over the pitch making carries and putting in important tackles across the defence.
The selection of Kruis over Lawes was completely justified after he put in a solid performance which included a try, and several important catches at the line out.
Lee ensured that Wales were on the front foot for most of the game at scrum time as he got the upper hand over Ireland’s loosehead Jack McGrath.
Best had a solid showing for Ireland in his first game since taking over as captain from Paul O’Connell and was most impressive in the loose where he played like a flanker.
1.Eddy Ben Arous
There was a serious lack of stand out looseheads this weekend, however Ben Arous was mostly solid in the scrum, and put in a solid shift in the loose.