Lovell Rugby’s 2012 Six Nations XV

Lovell Rugby’s 2012 Six Nations XV

Wales were crowned the 2012 Six Nations champions after completing the Grand Slam for the third time in seven years with a win over France at the Millennium Stadium. It has been an interesting competition with many sides bringing in younger, uncapped players in to their sides. However Wales carried their impressive Rugby World Cup form to the competition and managed to win all of the five games they played.

There was plenty of competition in many of the positions but we could only pick one player for each. Across the back row there were strong performances from players from each country with Sergio Parisse leading from the front for Italy, Stephen Ferris his disruptive self for Ireland and young David Denton of Scotland also impressing. Unfortunately we could only pick 3 players for the 6, 7 and 8 shirts. Check out our 2012 Six Nations XV below:

Front Row

1. Gethin Jenkins (Wales) – 2. Rory Best (Ireland) – 3. Alex Corbisiero (England)

Front Row  1. Gethin Jenkins (Wales) - 2. Rory Best (Ireland) - 3. Alex Corbisiero (England)

The number one shirt goes to Jenkins who once again showed that he is one of the best props in world rugby. As always he was solid at the scrum and put in the work around the park. He also filled in for Warburton as captain when needed.

With Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell struggling with injuries, Best was assigned to skipper the Ireland side. He performed well throughout and even managed to grab a couple of tries for himself against Wales and Scotland respectively.

In a scrum that was expected to struggle, New York born Corbisiero is now part of a young England front row which is feared after dominating performances against France and Ireland.

Second Row

4. Richie Gray (Scotland) – 5. Geoff Parling (England)

Second Row  4. Richie Gray (Scotland) - 5. Geoff Parling (England)

Young lock Gray stood out in a struggling Scotland side but we hope to see him make the Lions tour in 2013. Our highlight was his try against Ireland where he showed a great turn of pace to touchdown.

Injury to Courtney Lawes gave Parling his opportunity in the side and he took it supremely well. He made an impact in all the games he played in. Our find of the tournament for England this Six Nations.

Back Row

6. Dan Lydiate (Wales) – 7. Sam Warburton (Wales) – 8. Imanol Harinordoquy (France)

Back Row  6. Dan Lydiate (Wales) - 7. Sam Warburton (Wales) - 8. Imanol Harinordoquy (France)

The unsung hero in the Wales side (similar to Richard Hill when he was playing for England). Tom Croft came a close second to the Dragons man but we could not ignore the exceptional tournament that Lydiate had.

After seeing red in the World Cup Semi Final, Warburton has made up for lost time and has been instrumental in his countries success. As a captain, he leads form the front and is now up there with the best open sides in the world.

In a France side that has struggled, the back row always gave his all where ever he was positioned. His versatility in the back row makes him a definite pick for the selectors and they know that they can rely on the Biarritz forward.

Half Backs

9. Mike Phillips (Wales) – 10. Owen Farrell (England)

Half Backs  9. Mike Phillips (Wales) - 10. Owen Farrell (England)

The Bayonne scrum-half has once again been one of Wales’s stand out players and has linked the forwards and backs up superbly. At present, our choice for the number nine shirt in Australia for the Lions.

20 year old Farrell started the first two games at inside centre but moved in to the ten shirt and has now made the shirt his own.  Already being compared to Jonny Wilkinson due to his solid kicking game and the big tackles he puts in.


12. Wesley Fofana (France) – 13. Jonathan Davies (Wales)

Centres  12. Wesley Fofana (France) - 13. Jonathan Davies (Wales)

4 tries in 5 games sums up how important Fofana is set to become in the new France set-up. His explosive power and speed along with tremendous footwork make him a nightmare for defenders when he has the ball in his hands.

Irelands Brian O’Driscoll has been a permanent fixture in most Six Nations XV’s over the years however had to miss out this year due to injury. Davies and centre partner Jamie Roberts now have a great partnership which will be around for years to come.

Back Three

11. George North (Wales) – 14. Tommy Bowe (Ireland) – 15. Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Back Three  11. George North (Wales) - 14. Tommy Bowe (Ireland) - 15. Rob Kearney (Ireland)

North is now one of the most feared wingers in the northern hemisphere. He has shown his ability to go around and through tacklers in attack whilst in defence has the ability to smother both man and ball to slow the opposition down.

Ireland are lucky to have a try scoring machine like Bowe. As he showed against France, Bowe has ability to read what the opposition backs are planning so can intercept the play and run away for easy scores.

A mention has to go to Leigh Halfpenny after an impressive tournament but Kearney just pipped him to the 15 shirt in our side. We don’t think that there are many better under the high ball than the Ireland full back.

What do you think of our Six Nations XV? Who would make yours?