Team of the week: Lions, All Blacks and Red Roses combine
Last Updated: 19/06/17 11:47am
The cream of the crop combine for this week's team which included All Blacks, Springboks, Lions and Red Roses.
Player of the week
Which player had the biggest impact for his or her side this week?
15. Mike Brown (England)
Set up two of England's tries - the first was an absolute cracker as Brown brilliantly intercepted a cross-field kick at pace and raced away before he combined with Piers Francis who went over.
14. Waisake Naholo (Highlanders)
Made a real statement as he helped the Highlanders to a 23-22 win over the Lions. Full of powerful running, Naholo broke through several tackles for his try, was big in defence and made a crucial turnover as well.
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand)
Malakai Fekitoa had an excellent game for the Highlanders but Lienert-Brown was all class against Samoa. Ran some excellent lines, offloaded well and worked hard in defence. He will be a handful for the Lions!
12. Jan Serfontein (South Africa)
Serfontein had a brilliant day at the office for the Boks - he scored a very good try but it was his defence and his work rate that really caught the eye. His passion and commitment will please Springbok fans who endured a tough 2016.
11. Lydia Thompson (England women)
Made an early break that set up Emily Scarratt for her try and then scored one of her own as the Red Roses recorded only their second win over the Black Ferns in New Zealand.
10. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)
Another complete performance from the All Blacks' world-class fly-half.
Barrett scored 24 points through two tries and seven conversions - missing only one shot at goal - to help his side to a 78-0 thrashing of Samoa. A mention for Finn Russell of Scotland and George Ford of England.
9. Ali Price (Scotland)
Kept the Wallaby defence on their toes as he was always looking for a gap. The quality of his pass was excellent and he really kept the tempo of the game going. Ran some lovely support lines and made the right choices when he had to.
1. Mako Vunipola (Lions)
Showed his importance around the field with some big carries and was immense in defence as well. Part of a front row that took the Maori All Blacks scrum apart.
2. Asafo Aumua (New Zealand U20)
Hooker Asafo Aumua was the star man with a hat-trick of tries as New Zealand won their sixth World Rugby U20 Championship on Sunday as they ran rampant to beat England 64-17.
3. Tadhg Furlong (Lions)
Will surely start for the Lions after his dominating performance against the Maori All Blacks. Was the anchor of the scrum that destroyed their opposition and was powerful with ball in hand and effective around the ruck and maul area.
4. Maro Itoje (Lions)
The Saracens man scored a try on the back of a dominant performance from the Warren Gatland's forwards, but his work ethic ensured he made an impact throughout the game.
With no time left in the first half, and the Lions just two points ahead, the Maori All Blacks were hot on the attack deep in the visitors' half.
It was Itoje who stepped up for the Lions, getting over the ball to win a crucial penalty which ensured the tourists went into the break ahead.
5. Joe Launchbury (England)
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South Africa's Franco Mostert was a one-man tackling machine but Launchbury was outstanding for England. Why is he not with the Lions?
6. John Barclay (Scotland)
A mention to Chris Robshaw who was immense but Barclay led Scotland with distinction as they beat Australia. Seemed to turn over the ball at will, made some big yards with ball in hand and tackled like a demon.
7. Siya Kolisi (South Africa)
One of his best performances in a Bok jersey as Kolisi ran riot against the French. Put in some monster tackles, ran some brilliant support lines and his ball skills were phenomenal. A big game at the breakdown as well.
8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)
Ardie Savea has played some rugby at No 8 for the Hurricanes, but his preferred position is at openside. Despite that fact, the 23-year-old excelled for the All Blacks on Friday.
Savea scored two tries in the victory, and along with Sam Cane made the most tackles for the Kiwis with 15 hits on opposition players.
"I thought Ardie played really, really well," said coach Steve Hansen after the game. "I don't he's a genuine No 8, but he did show that he can slot in there for us if we need to."