We take a look at the top performers from the 2016 RBS Six Nations and select our team of the tournament…
15. Stuart Hogg
The Scottish full back was absolutely sublime throughout the Six Nations and was key to keeping his side in a number of games – must surely be in poll position for the Lions 15 shirt.
14. Tommy Seymour
Anthony Watson deserves a mention here, but Seymour stepped up big time for Scotland during the Six Nations looking dangerous throughout and competing well in the air.
13. Michele Campagnaro
The Italians were absolutely dire for most of the Six Nations, however in outside centre Michele Campagnaro they have an absolute gem, he was their key attacking threat throughout.
12. Duncan Taylor
Taylor was on the fringes of the Scotland side until injuries saw him come in against Wales were he cemented his place with a series of impressive displays in the midfield.
11. George North
North looks to be getting back somewhere near the form he displayed when he first broke onto the international scene with a few well taken tries during the 2016 Six Nations.
10. Dan Biggar
With no real stand out in the Six Nations this year, Dan Biggar’s composure in the Welsh 10 shirt sees him edge in over Sexton due to being slightly more consistent.
9. Conor Murray
Again, there were very few stand out performers in the nine shirt this year so Murray edges in as he controlled the games well for the most part and was a constant threat throughout.
8. Billy Vunipola
Although he tailed off slightly in the final two games of the tournament, Vunipola was the stand out performer for England in the opening games proving to be their key ball carrier.
7. John Hardie
Despite the criticism when he originally joined up with Scotland, Hardie has quickly won over critics and is now looking like a serious contender for the Lions seven shirt.
6. CJ Stander
Although he’s more used to playing number 8, Stander stepped in admirably in the Irish six shirt and proved to be one of their key threats throughout the tournament.
5. George Kruis
Although he may not have drawn the plaudits like many of his teammates, Kruis was potentially England’s best and most consistent player throughout the Six Nations.
4. Maro Itoje
Itoje has now firmly established himself as an international caliber forward after a series of impressive performances in England’s second row after originally starting on the bench.
3. WP Nel
Nel has proven to be the rock the Scottish front rower has been missing for a number of years after helping ensure their scrum achieved parity against all of his sides opponents.
2. Guilhem Guirado
There’s no escaping the fact that France somehow look to have got worse since the Rugby World Cup, however in Guirado they have a captain who could be key to them improving.
1. Jack McGrath
With Cian Healy struggling with injuries and a lack of form, McGrath stepped up admirably and looks to have grabbed the Irish number one shirt for himself.