Team of the Week: Six Nations stars dominate selection
Last Updated: 11/03/19 11:22am
From the Six Nations to Super Rugby via the Premiership, there were plenty of fine performances across the globe. But who made it into our latest Team of the Week?
15. Will Jordan (Crusaders)
An electrifying display from the youngster who helped the Crusaders demolish the Chiefs. He beat six defenders with his 14 carries and marshalled the back intelligently. There will be tougher tests for Jordan but he showed he is a star of the future.
14. Joe Cokanasiga (England)
Cokanasiga had plenty of competition for the No 14 jersey with Red Roses winger Jess breach and Crusaders Sevu Reece pushing him very close. The 21-year-old showed plenty of promise, though - not only with his power and pace, but his quick feet, agility and good hands certainly got the Twickenham fans excited - and for good reason.
13. Manu Tuilagi (England)
Jonathan Davies was excellent for Wales but Tuilagi just gets in ahead of him. Had the space to be at his devastating best and showed just how dangerous he is.
12. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
A man-of-the-match performance from Parkes who helped keep Wales on track for the Grand Slam. Kept Wales on the front foot with some big carries and kept the Scotland defence on their toes with his running lines. Was a monster in defence as well.
11. Rieko Ioane (Blues)
The Blues needed this win against the Sunwolves and Ioane was at his finishing best as he became only the fourth player to score four tries for the Blues in a match.
10. Danny Cipriani (Gloucester)
Handre Pollard was excellent for the Bulls as was Jonathan Sexton for Ireland, but Cipriani was outstanding as Gloucester hammered Quins. His kicking game was exceptional as was his passing game and management. A superb display from him.
9. Will Genia (Rebels)
Helped the Rebels to come back from 19-3 down and beat the Brumbies 29-26 in their Super League clash on Friday.
1. Cian Healy (Ireland)
A big performance at the set-piece to put the France front-row under pressure. Was unlucky not to get a try after just knocking on trying to reach out and catch the french unawares. Some big cleanouts and worked hard at the breakdown too.
2. Jamie George (England)
Opened the avalanche of tries and then set one up for Tuilagi with a fine pass. Waded in with 14 tackles as well.
3. Sarah Bern (England women)
For the second week in a row Bern makes our team of the week as she produced all the goods against Italy. Rocky Clarke had plenty of plaudits for the youngster after the game, believing she has the potential to be the best player in the world.
4. James Ryan (Ireland)
Brought the power game and did not take a backward step. Another outstanding performance from Ryan who just keeps going and going. Dominated every aspect of the game, from the lineout to the tackle area.
5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
A nod to Blues lock Gerard Cowley-Tuioti and England's George Kruis but it was another sublime performance from the Wales skipper. Wales certainly needed their skipper in that second half and he did not disappoint as he claimed his 62nd Wales win.
6. Brad Shields (England)
Sarah Beckett gets a nod for her display but Shields had his best game in an England shirt. Did plenty of the unseen work at the breakdown and supported Tuilagi well to claim his first international try - scored his second as well after Kruis charged down another clearance kick. Topped the tackle count with 20 as well.
7. Hamish Watson (Scotland)
Came on as a replacement and immediately showed what Scotland were missing. Gave them a real focus with some massive carries that almost turned the game for the Scots. There will be plenty of Welsh players nursing bruises after trying to stop the 'wrecking ball' as he beat 10 defenders (by beat we mean knocked over!)
8. CJ Stander (Ireland)
Big Billy was good for England but that was some shift from Stander against France. Along with Ryan, he was their go-to man for carries with 18 and made 12 tackles as well.