As ever the Six Nations again proved why it is so unpredictable. French coach Mark Lievromant’s young chargers did not have alot expected of them and how did they prove people wrong! (us included). In a way they also educated maybe a even a certain England coach that blooding the young players, is the way forward. Leaving them in a very healthy state with a World cup not far away.
Their were also lots of shock results this year with Italy beating a much improved Scotland at home and then Scotland defeating Ireland at the last game at Croke Park.
Overall It has been great championship. Here is our team of the Tournament- As ever feel free to leave yours and your thoughts
Six Nations: Team of the Tournament
15 Clément Poitrenaud (France) – A lot more hot than cold this year. His best outing came against Italy but throughout the championship he showed a lot more authority and solidity than in the past and was a big factor in France winning the Grand Slam. The Toulouse Full back (who wears Nike Laser 3 Rugby Boots) held off Ireland’s Geordan Murphy.
14 Tommy Bowe (Ireland) – Continuing on from the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, the Irish winger was always a running option for either Ronan O’Gara or Jonathan Sexton this championship and finished joint top of the try-scoring table in 2010. The Ospreys winger (who wears Puma V-10 Rugby boots) is now really starting to establish himself a real world class finisher. Held off Scotland’s Sean Lamount who had a great championship after a few years out of the International scene.
13 James Hook (Wales) – Hook(Who wears Adidas Predator X Rugby Boots) had a fantastic tournament at a position that is still relatively new to him. His only slight blot was the intercept pass he threw against France. Tackled and kicked well and most importantly scored trys and made breaks for fun. Has always had a great step but has now added a powerfull hand off in aswell. Kept out Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll which is not easy.
12 Yannick Jauzion (France) – We ummed and arred over the inside centre position but ultimately ended up going for Mr. Glue himself. Jauzion’s (Who wears Adidas Predator Powerswerve Rugby Rugby Boots) presence cannot be played down in this young French back-line and he held them all together superbly. Kept out Hard running Graeme Morrison of Scotland who had his best championship yet.
11 Shane Williams (Wales) – In a poor Championship for Wales still managed by be at his deadly best. Went past 50 international trys and won the game for Wales against Scotland In Cardiff. Williams (who wears Puma V-10 Rugby boots) was linked heavily with Toulon, although the Ospreys have fought their interest off. A mention to England’s Mark Cueto (who wears Nike laser 3 Rugby Boots) who was dangerous for England.
10 Dan Parks (Scotland) – The soon-to-be Cardiff Blue was only called up by Andy Robinson from Round Two yet he still tops out 10 chart. Three man-of-the-match performances for his country with his most recent arguably his best for Scotland, his winning penalty against Ireland was a great kick from wide out.
French fly half Francois Trinh-Duc (who wears Puma Powercat Rugby Boots) also had a good championship. Still only 22 so alot more to come from the young player.
9 Morgan Parra (France) – Enter the man who makes les Bleus tick. The 21-year-old was immense for France this campaign with the right decisions always taken while he showed he can also handle the pressure of goal-kicking at the highest level. Has taken over from Yachvilli and Ellisade and now is Frances premier 9. Parra (who wears Adidas World Cup Rugby Boots) kept out Ireland’s Thomas O’leary.
8 Imanol Harinordoquy (France) – This was the most hotely contested area. For France, Imanol Harinordoquy has been superb, Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip was also up there and Scotland’s Beattie was also on great form. The Biarritz man (who wears Nike CTR Rugby Boots) is one of the top 8’s in the world and is now one of the leaders in the team.
7 John Barclay (Scotland) – His carrying ability for Scotland is always a problem for opponents. Barclay (who wears Adidas 915 Rugby Boots) worked hard through out the tournament with great link play and a great tackle rate. Closely behind was Ireland’s Paul Wallace (who wears Puma King Rugby Boots) has been the standout player in green.
6 Thierry Dusautoir (France) – No debate surrounding this one whatsoever as the talismanic French captain led from the front in all five of their 2010 victories. While he is in fact an openside wearing six, we have as usual gone on shirt numbers for this call. Dusautoir (who wears an Optimum Rugby headguard) tacke rate was again something to behold. Kelly Brown of Scotland also deserves a mention as had a fine tournament.
5 Alastair Kellock (Scotland) – This mobile Glaswegian (who wears Adidas Flanker Rugby Boots) was a real thorn in both England and Ireland’s side over recent weeks and fully deserves his place alongside the more physical lock in our forward pack. Rory Best and Dylan Hartley can finally relax.
4 Lionel Nallet (France) – No doubt in our minds that France boasted the strongest tight five in the championship and Nallet (who wears Adidas Flanker Rugby Boots) was a key component of all things good coming out of les Bleus’ pack. Solid up front and complimented Julien Pierre well.
3 Nicolas Mas (France) – Man-of-the-match against old foes England, the Perpignan tighthead proved just why he is paid the big bucks. He has been the pillar of France’s impressive front-row and will continue to be so going into the World Cup. Wales Adam Jones will feel unlucky to miss out, but overall the French pack was outstanding through out the tournament.
2 William Servat (France) – No one came close to the Toulouse star (who wears Nike CTR Rugby boots) in 2010. He possesses the whole package that includes a solid line-out, scrum and all-round mobility and intelligence in the loose. Stade Francais hooker Dimitri Szarzewski must continue to warm the bench.
1 Cian Healey (Ireland) – The Leinster Prop (Who wears Adidas Flanker Rugby Boots) Edges out Frances Thomas Domingo. His work rate around the field was a big help to Ireland, while his scrummaging continues to improve.
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