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Tue 13 Mar 2018 | 04:51

Team of the Week: Kings of the North

Team of the Week: Kings of the North
Tue 13 Mar 2018 | 04:51

Team of the Week: Kings of the North

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The Irish have a total of eight players in our Team of the Week. Wales are the next best-represented side with four players after their 38-14 win over Italy.

After their 22-16 win against England, France have two players in our XV and England are also represented with one player.

Rob Kearney, George North and Jacob Stockdale are our choices for the back three. In the midfield, Garry Ringrose is at No.13 and Hadleigh Parkes takes our No.12 spot.

Our No.10 is Johnny Sexton and his Ireland halfback partner Conor Murray is at No.9.

In the pack, Taulupe Faletau Yacouba Camara and Justin Tipuric form our back row. Our second row consists of Maro Itoje and James Ryan.

Tadhg Furlong, Guilhelm Guirado and Cian Healy are our choices for the front row.

Team of the Week – Round Four:

15 – Rob Kearney (Ireland)
One of his best games for Ireland in a while. He was dangerous out wide and he was strong in the tackle. He made the most running metres in Dublin.
Bubbling under: Stuart Hogg

14 – George North (Wales)
He marked his first start of this season's Six Nations by scoring two tries against Italy. He is still one of the best in the business out wide.
Bubbling under: Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)

13 – Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
Some were worried that he would be a bit rusty. However, he turned out to be one of Ireland's best players in the win over Scotland. He carved up the Scottish defence a number of times out wide.
Bubbling under: Mathieu Bastareaud (France)

12 – Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
He proved to be quite effective in that No.12 channel. He strong carries got his side over the gain line and he was solid in defence as well. His distribution was good.
Bubbling under: Pete Horne (Scotland)

11 – Jacob Stockdale (Ireland)
Ireland's new try-scoring machine was at it again. His two tries helped Ireland past a stubborn Scottish side.
Bubbling under: Remy Grosso (France)

10 – Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
He read the game well when his side was under pressure and his combination with scrumhalf Conor Murray was instrumental in Ireland's win.
Bubbling under: Gareth Anscombe (Wales)

9 – Conor Murray (Ireland)
His distribution from the ground was world-class once again and he was dangerous when he decided to run with the ball. He also scored one of his team's four tries.
Bubbling under: Maxime Machenaud (France)

8 – Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
He seemed to enjoy the captaincy against Italy. He led from the front with some strong carries and he put in some big hits on defence.
Bubbling under: Christiaan Stander (Ireland)

7 – Yacouba Camara (France)
He took the English on with aggression. He was abrasive with ball in hand and hard to bring down. He also made his presence felt at the breakdowns.
Bubbling under: Hamish Watson (Scotland)

6 – Justin Tipuric (Wales)
It was another energetic performance from the loose forward. He hardly put a foot wrong against the Italians.
Bubbling under: Courtney Lawes (England)

5 – Maro Itoje (England)
He was the best in his position over the weekend. He's a dynamic player in the No.5 jersey and he showed it again in Paris.
Bubbling under: Jonny Gray (Scotland)

4 – James Ryan (Ireland)
The big man was powerful with ball in hand. He bashed his way over the gain-line and did his job in the set pieces as well.
Bubbling under: Grant Gilchrist (Scotland)

3 – Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
It's a joy to see props run with the ball and that is what he did against Scotland. He powered his way into the Scots defence causing a few headaches for the opposition.
Bubbling under: Rabah Slimani (France)

2 – Guilhelm Guirado (France)
The captain epitomised the French fight against the English. He carried the ball powerfully and he found his jumpers in the line-outs.
Bubbling under: Stuart McInally (Scotland)

1 – Cian Healy (Ireland)
It looked like he got a serious head knock, but he soldiered on in the win against Scotland. For that, he deserves his place.
Bubbling under: Mako Vunipola (England)

Our individual selections:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 George North, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Yacouba Camara, 6 Justin Tipuric, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhelm Guirado, 1 Cian Healy.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 George North, 13 Garry Ringrose, 12 Hadleigh Parks, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Johnny Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christiaan Stander, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Maro Itoje, 4 James Ryan, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Guilhelm Guirado, 1 Cian Healy.

Previous selections:

Team of the Week – Round Three: 15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), 14 Sean Maitland (Scotland), 13 Huw Jones (Scotland), 12 Owen Farrell (England), 11 Remy Grosso (France), 10 Finn Russell (Scotland), 9 Conor Murray (Ireland), 8 Christiaan Stander (Ireland), 7 Yacouba Camara (France), 6 John Barclay (Scotland), 5 Grant Gilchrist (Scotland), 4 James Ryan (Ireland), 3 Andrew Porter (Ireland), 2 Stuart McInally (Scotland), 1 Jefferson Poirot (France).

Team of the Week – Round Two: 15 Mike Brown (England), 14 Teddy Thomas (France), 13 Huw Jones (Scotland), 12 Owen Farrell (England), 11 Jonny May (England), 10 Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), 9 Conor Murray (Ireland), 8 Ross Moriarty (Wales), 7 Hamish Watson (Scotland), 6 Aaron Shingler (Wales), 5 Jonny Gray (Scotland), 4 Grant Gilchrist (Scotland), 3 Simon Berghan (Scotland), 2 Guilhem Guirado (France), 1 Mako Vunipola (England).

Team of the Week – Round One: 15 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), 14 Teddy Thomas (France), 13 Scott Williams (Wales), 12 Owen Farrell (England), 11 Byron McGuigan (Scotland), 10 Johnny Sexton (Ireland), 9 Gareth Davies (Wales), 8 Sam Simmonds (England), 7 Josh Navidi (Wales), 6 Aaron Shingler (Wales), 5 Maro Itoje (England), 4 Iain Henderson (Ireland), 3 Dan Cole (England), 2 Guilhem Guirado (France), 1 Mako Vunipola (England).

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