Team of the week: Home nations' high flyers
Last Updated: 13/06/16 3:12pm
With all three home nations in action, the World Rugby U20s Championship continuing and the Top 14 play-offs happening in France, competition for places in our Team of the Week was fierce.
After their historic victory in South Africa, five Irishmen feature but the question is - who else are they joined by?
15. Liam Williams (Wales)
Wales knew that to triumph at Eden Park, they needed to open up their game and full-back Liam Williams' invention and desire to take on his opponents from anywhere provided the impetus needed.
It was Williams' break that set up Rhys Webb's try and 119 metres, 10 carries and five defenders beaten were the statistical fruits of his labour.
The task for Williams will be to deliver more of the same in Wellington and ensure that his team-mates continue to follow his lead.
14. George North (Wales)
Another key contributor to Wales' ambition and go forward was the productivity of George North and it's extremely unfortunate that he'll not play any further part in their tour.
North was back at his powerful best - he often got the better of Julian Savea with ball in hand and made 10 carries, 106 metres and beat six defenders.
13. Tevita Kuridrani (Australia)
Australia didn't put together an 80-minute game but when they enjoyed their stronger patches, their midfield was often the reason for them.
Early on, the home side raced to a 10-0 lead and caused England issues. If it wasn't the centres causing havoc themselves, then it was Israel Folau popping up after some of their effective dummy running.
Kuridrani's 14 carries and his 71st-minute try kept England on their toes throughout.
12. Owen Farrell (England)
Owen Farrell may have worn 10 on his back but he played the majority of England's opening Test at 12.
His composure was outstanding as he nailed nine out of 10 kicks at goal and before Jack Nowell's late try his accuracy was the difference between the two sides.
Elsewhere Farrell was the man that shored up England's defensive output and alongside George Ford he showcased the benefits of having two play-makers and two game managers on the field.
11. Waisake Naholo (New Zealand)
In Auckland, Waisake Naholo showed how potent his combination of power and pace can be with a brace of tries.
His statistics make for superb reading; 198 metres made, 17 carries, nine defenders beaten and four breaks.
The worrying thing for Wales is that his game wasn't perfect and he'll look to sharpen up a few aspects again before the second-Test in Wellington.
10. Paddy Jackson (Ireland)
One of the biggest talking points heading into Ireland's Test was whether or not Paddy Jackson could fill the boots of Johnny Sexton?
Now he may have thrown the intercept pass that brought the Springboks back into the game but other than that he was outstanding.
The fly-half showed exactly the type of headstrong attitude that the coaches were looking for in the absence of Sexton and his composure throughout was of the highest order.
9. Conor Murray (Ireland)
When you're down a man in your forwards, your scrum-half has to act as an extra pair of eyes in the rucks and mauls and for eighty minutes Conor Murray worked himself into the ground.
Not only did he take on this extra responsibility with ease, he also delivered his positional requirements working with Jackson to run the show and scored a crucial try.
1. Jack McGrath (Ireland)
The loose-head was another Irishman that had a tumultuous game in Cape Town. Not only did he help to maintain their set piece with less firepower behind him, he also made 17 tackles and played the full 80 minutes.
McGrath, like his colleagues, maintained a sky high work rate from moment one and showed character in abundance.
2. Rory Best (Ireland)
Previously some have questioned Rory Best's captaincy credentials however surely now those doubts have been erased.
In the face of adversity it was his leadership that galvanised the side and he inspired them to believe that they could defy the odd and win.
Yes, he lost a couple of lineouts but, in the grand scheme of their victory that doesn't matter in the slightest.
3. Dan Cole (England)
To put it simply England destroyed their counterparts in the scrum and much of that was down to the work of their tight-head prop.
Dan Cole's pressure forced Scott Sio to see yellow from Roman Poite and the collective power of England's scrum gave their backs the positive platform that they needed to work from.
4. Brodie Retallick (New Zealand)
Brodie Retallick is a workhorse that always puts in the hard yards for New Zealand. At Eden Park he made 11 tackles, 13 carries and took five lineouts.
The only blot in his impressive report card was being stepped by Liam Williams in the build up to Rhys Webb's try. However, Williams' feet were electric in the match and many would have been left standing.
A notable mention here must also be made for Iain Henderson. In South Africa Henderson tackled everything in sight and made a formidable partnership with Devin Toner.
5. Devin Toner (Ireland)
Devin Toner was all over the park in Cape Town, he repelled wave after wave of South African pressure and stole crucial lineouts.
It was a heroic performance, especially given the emotions that he must be feeling after the recent passing away of his father.
The lock was simply sensational and thoroughly deserved the Man of the Match award in a side that was filled with outstanding performers.
6. Wenceslas Lauret (Racing 92)
Away from the International action the two Top 14 play-offs took place in France and Racing 92 booked their semi-final spot with a victory over Toulouse.
While Dan Carter kept the scoreboard ticking along with 18 of Racing 92's 21-points Wenceslas Lauret set the tone defensively.
Lauret made 17 tackles, ably assisted by Yannick Nyanga who made 13 and Carter who delivered 9. Lauret's work rate will be vital in their next meeting with Clermont.
7. James Haskell (England)
England wanted to deliver a physical and 'in your face' approach in their opening-Test and the man that drove that was James Haskell.
Haskell made 15 tackles, including an early crunching hit on David Pocock, and covered every blade of grass at the Suncorp Stadium.
The openside flanker also helped ensure that Australia's lethal back-row trio didn't dominate the breakdown and he had one of his best performances in an England jersey.
8. Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Once again Taulupe Faletau delivered another high class performance and he was unlucky to end up on the losing side. Not only did Faletau score a crucial try for Wales he stood up well to the Kiwi pack, made 13 tackles and kept his side ticking.
The No 8 continues to be one of the leaders in his position and one of the first names Warren Gatland's team sheet.