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The players who excelled in the Guinness Six Nations Championship

Ireland's Josh Van Der Flier. Even with a target on his back the world player of the year excelled.
Duncan Bech, PA England Rugby Correspondent

Full-back: Hugo Keenan (Ireland): Edges his rivals in a highly competitive position. Excels in defence and attack.

Right wing: Damian Penaud (France): Finished as the highest try-scorer with five and oozes class with the ball in hand.

Outside centre: Huw Jones (Scotland): Most dangerous centre in the tournament, possessing the athleticism to capitalise on his sharp lines.

Inside centre: Gael Fickou (France): Played at 13 but equally comfortable at 12. So influential on both sides of the ball.

Left wing: Mack Hansen (Ireland): Named man of the match twice. Not the biggest but his rugby instincts are so sharp.

Fly-half: Finn Russell (Scotland): Missed the last game through injury but had already demonstrated his genius.

Scrum-half: Antoine Dupont (France): The world’s best player finished the tournament with a bang and at times was unplayable against England.

Loosehead prop: Pierre Schoeman (Scotland): A relentless carrier for Scotland and the cornerstone of their pack.

Hooker: Dan Sheehan (Ireland): Dynamic hooker whose two ties against England sealed his world class status.

Tighthead prop: Finlay Bealham (Ireland): Deputised for Tadhg Furlong and covered himself in glory.

Second row: James Ryan (Ireland): The complete lock forward just keeps getting better – and he is still only 26.

Second row: Thibaud Flament (France): Les Bleus hardly missed the brilliant Cameron Woki thanks to Flament’s blockbuster form.

Blindside flanker: Sebastian Negri (Italy): In a position that demands high work rate, no one grafts harder than Negri.

Openside flanker: Josh Van der Flier (Ireland): Even with a target on his back the world player of the year excelled.

Number eight: Caelan Doris (Ireland): Gregory Alldritt finished strongly but Doris had already taken the Six Nations by storm.




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