15. Liam Williams (Wales)
The Man of the Match in the game against England is very deserving of my selection. He has been great throughout this competition so far and he upped his performance levels in a high intensity game in Cardiff. He made 18 carries throughout the game. He was solid throughout.

14. Keith Earls (Ireland)
In a below par performance from Ireland Earls was one of the few positive points in the game. Earls scored a try which was his eight in his career against the Italians. He was very solid in defence throughout as he had to switch to outside centre due to a Bundee Aki injury.

13. Jonathan Davies (Wales)
The experienced Welsh centre was key to a very well-organised and well-structured Welsh defence. He limited his opposite number Henry Slade’s attacking threat, who was so prominent in the first two rounds

12. Gael Fickou (France)
In the absence of Wesley Fofana Gael Fickou really showed his coach his capabilities in a re-sergeant French performance against Scotland. The French showed some of their old flair with fast paced backline attacks. Fickou was one of the main players in that backline as he made some dangerous line-breaks.

11. Jacob Stockdale (Ireland)
He’s a try-scoring machine who keeps putting in impressive performances for his country. He scored yet another try and made 10 big carries. Special mention of course for Welsh Winger Josh Adams who scored a remarkable try.

10. Romain Ntamack (France)
The young French men with a lot of expectations and pressure on his shoulders finally showed his worth against Scotland. He scored a try and was the playmaker for his team creating plenty of chances for the backline. Dan Biggar was very impressive also when he came on for Wales.

9. Tito Tebaldi (Italy)
It’s fair to assume that most rugby pundits would have put the Italian scrum-half in their selection as he was terrific against Ireland. He upped the tempo of the game on numerous occasions and he gave very quick ball from the base.

1. Rob Evans (Wales)
Truthfully, there was no prop that overally stood out for me in round 3 in the absence of Mako Vunipola. Although Evans put in a decent physical shift for his team against England.

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)
Italy have failed to register any points yet in this year’s championship, although their hooker has been tremendous in defeat. He yet again had a solid lineout and looked very alive in attack. He played the full 80 minutes.

3. Demba Bamba (France)
The 20-year-old looks like the real deal, France’s version of Tadhg Furlong. He made many carries against Scotland causing a lot of danger around the loose and he’s well able to hold his own in the scrum too.

4. Cory Hill (Wales)
He scored a try that put his team in motion. He took control in the line-out and left everything on the pitch as he put in a massive physical effort.

5. Ultan Dillane (Ireland)
This selection might surprise a few people, but I though the young men who hasn’t overly played much for his country put in a hard physical shift and was always looking to carry.

6. Josh Navidi (Wales)
The Welshman has been one of the most impressive performers in this year’s championship. He always puts in solid hard-working performances and the England game was no exception. He defensively was rock solid making some big hits.

7. Tom Curry (England)
This kid is a real work-horse and he displays everything good about a naturally talented 7. He may have been on the losing side but he was class once again. He scored a try and he was a real menace at the breakdown throughout

8. Louis Picamoles (France)
The experienced number 8 is the most reliable character in the French team as he always put in his best efforts. He led from the front once again, making some big carries and looking good in defence.

 

By Ciaron Noble

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