The Composite Wales & England XV

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We select a combined XV of Wales and England players ahead of this weekends potential Six Nations decider at Twickenham…

15.Mike Brown

Brown just about edges this contest with Williams through his added experience, and given the fact Williams is still edging his way back into his best form after a long injury lay off.

14.Anthony Watson

Wales’ troubles on the right wing have been well documented as Cuthbert and James continue to battle it out, meanwhile Watson has been a top performer for England.

13.Jonathan Davies

Ignoring Jonathan Joseph’s tries against Italy, he hasn’t quite hit the form of last years Six Nations and is therefore just about edged out by Welshman Davies in the 13 shirt.

12.Jamie Roberts

Roberts may come in for criticism from some quarters for his style of play, but so far he has undoubtedly been one of the best players in the entire Six Nations.

11.George North

North is still some way off his very best form, but does at least look to be getting back to his best, and remains a devastating runner when given a little time and space.

10.Dan Biggar

Whilst George Ford has been far from poor so far, he hasn’t set the tournament alight, whilst Biggar has continued to prove why he is one of the very best around.

9.Danny Care

This is a close call between Davies and Care, but the Englishman just nicks it despite having played most of his time off the bench for the way he speeds up England’s play.

8.Billy Vunipola

Quite possibly the player of the tournament so far, Vunipola has been outstanding. This is no slight on Faletau who has been excellent, but rather a testament to the form of Vunipola.

7.Sam Warburton

The Welsh captain wasn’t quite as effective in the first couple of rounds after being deployed at blindside, but is now looking back to his best after moving back over to openside.

6.Chris Robshaw

He may not do much of the flashy stuff, but Robshaw remains one of the hardest working players in international rugby and has been quietly effective for England.

5.Alun Wyn Jones

One of the very best locks in the world right now, the Welshman edges out Itoje who has been excellent but hasn’t had chance to show the consistency of Jones.

4.George Kruis

Kruis has been absolutely phenomenal for England so far this year at both the set piece and in the loose. He is now one of the first names on the team sheet.

3.Samson Lee

The Welsh tighthead has turned the scrum into a real weapon for his side and has looked pretty handy in the loose during the Six Nations so far.

2.Dylan Hartley

He may have come in for plenty of criticism when he was selected, but Hartley has shown a newfound maturity and led his side well so far.

1.Mako Vunipola

Another England player who has spent most of the tournament as a replacement, yet Vunipola has been a huge figure for England in the last half hour of games so far.

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