England’s Dominance in Opening Two Rounds Shines Through in Best XV so Far

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15.Liam Williams (Wales)

The Welshman has look extremely lively anytime he’s been found in possession in the first couple of games. He’s been running at pace and spotting the gaps to get good attacking platforms for his team. He was key to Wales’s great second half comeback against France, where the Welsh backline set the game a light as the French crumbled. Scottish talisman Stuart Hogg was unfortunate to get injured in the early stages of the Irish game as he looked as electric as ever. Elliot Daily was also on my shortlist but Williams gets the 15 spot.

14. Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)
The young 22-year-old has been a star in Richard Cockerill’s fast developing Edinburgh side this season, looking the real deal for his country so far, scoring a hat trick on the opening weekend. He replaced Stuart Hogg within the first quarter of the game against Ireland, valiantly trying to make things happen for his team. It must be said George North unlucky to miss out.

13. Henry Slade (England)
The Exeter Chiefs world class playmaker is one of the best talents in World Rugby. He’s making that Number 13 jersey his own, defiantly a player who is bound to just keep improving. Irishman Garry Ringrose would have been disappointed to miss out on the Scotland game as he was Irelands leading performer in a tough loss to England.

12. Manu Tuilagi (England)
After a rather lengthy absence playing for his country in the Six Nations, Tuilagi is back with a bang. He has been a core element of the English teams rugged and tough defence establishing a good partnership with Henry Slade.

11. Jonny May (England)
The winger is scoring tries for fun getting rapid tries in the opening couple of minutes against Ireland and France. The hat trick hero against France looks as dangerous as ever and very much deserves his place on my selection. Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale was shortlisted for selection.

10. Owen Farrell (England)
The talisman and captain has arguably been the best player of the Championship so far. He leads from the front in both defence and attack exemplifying everything good about his team.

9. Ben Youngs (England)
It’s fair to say the scrum-half has had mixed form this season for his club Leicester Tigers, although he’s been solid for his country in the opening two rounds, giving orders to his big forward pack and releasing his talented backline when necessary.

1. Mako Vunipola (England)
Eddie Jones will be massively disappointed that Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the competition with an ankle injury. He gives his team an added dimension in the forward pack that they really lack in his absence. With a great Man of the Match performance against Ireland he’ll be sorely missed. Cian Healy is unlucky to miss out.

2. Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)
Italy have the best success rate at the lineout and the Italian hooker also has a very impressive tackle count. Jamie George another Englishman hash been good, narrowly missing out.

3. Kyle Sinckler (England)
A player that continuing to improve and is definitely looking like the real deal for his country this year.

4. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
The veteran leader has proved to be the anchor to his teams ship in the opening couple of rounds. He gets his men composed when it counts, as he led them in their comeback against France and was brought on early in the second half against a tough Italian side.

5. Courtney Lawes (England)
There’s no doubt that losing Maro Itoje due to injury is a big loss but Courtney Lawes has slotted in very well. He made a strong impact coming off the bench vs Ireland and was very good playing France.

6. Josh Navidi (Wales)
He started the game at 6 against France, transferring to the eight position against Italy. He has been an emerging player on this Welsh team this championship. English and Newcastle star Mark Wilson was very much considered to make my selection.

7. Tom Curry (England)
The young Sale flanker has really proved himself as a hard-worker in the very strong English backrow.

8. Billy Vunipola (England)
Along with his brother Mako Vunipola, Billy has been vital to his pack since returning from injury issues. The physical ball carrier will always make it over the game line.

 

Written By Ciaron Noble

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