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Team of the week: North trumps South

England and Ireland have five players each in our XV after their impressive victories against Australia and South Africa.


Wales are also represented in our selection with two players after a gutsy performance against the All Blacks.

In terms of Southern Hemisphere representation, there are only three players in our XV – two from New Zealand and one from Australia. There are no players from the Springboks in our team or bubbling under.

Liam Williams, George North and Marland Yarde are our back three, while in the midfield we have Luke Marshall and Malakai Fekitoa.

Our halfback pairing consists of Conor Murray and Paddy Jackson.

In the pack, we have Kieran Read, James Haskell and Scott Fardy in our back row. Our second row pairing consists of Devin Toner and Maro Itoje.


Dan Cole, Rory Best and Mako Vunipola are in the front row.

Team of the week: Week One

15 – Liam Williams (Wales)

He kept the All Blacks guessing every time he took the ball to the line. His vision for the gap also created an excellent try for teammate Rhys Webb.

Bubbling under: Ben Smith (New Zealand)

14 – George North (Wales)

The big wing was outstanding on attack against the All Blacks. He made a number of line breaks and racked up the running metres.

Bubbling under: Waisake Naholo (New Zealand)


13 – Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand)

Did some good work on defence against the Welsh and showed some neat touches with ball in hand.

Bubbling under: Jonathan Davies (Wales)

12 – Luke Marshall (Ireland)

The 25-year-old tackled his heart out against the Springboks, especially when the Irish were reduced to 14 and 13 men. His ball distribution to his outside backs was also top class.

Bubbling under: Ryan Crotty (New Zealand)

11 – Marland Yarde (England)

The wing looked dangerous every time he got the ball and also scored a great try. He also did some good work on defence.

Bubbling under: Keith Earls (Ireland)

10 – Paddy Jackson (Ireland)

He wanted to step out of Jonathan Sexton's shadow and certainly did that against the Boks at Newlands. He controlled the game excellently throughout and his accurate boot kept the scoreboard ticking over.

Bubbling under: Nicolas Sánchez (Argentina)

9 – Conor Murray (Ireland)

The experienced scrumhalf took a lot of pressure off Paddy Jackson with his decision making. he kept the Boks on the back foot with some smart kicks and scored a crucial try as well.

Bubbling under: Rhys Webb (Wales)

8 – Kieran Read (New Zealand)

The captain was fantastic at the breakdown and kept his team calm under pressure. He did some good work on attack and defence.

Bubbling under: Billy Vunipola (England)

7 – James Haskell (England)

Played one of his best games in an England jersey. He was physical in defence and also carried the ball great intent. He also played a big part in the build up to Marland Yarde's try in the second half.

Bubbling under: Michael Hooper (Australia)

6 – Scott Fardy (Australia)

He was one of the few Australian players who stood out physically against the English and he also got his team over the advantage line on a few occasions.

Bubbling under: Jerome Kaino (New Zealand)

Team of the week: North trumps South5 – Devin Toner (Ireland)

The powerful lock was superb in the line-outs and won some crucial turnovers for his team. He also gave some of the Boks headaches with some strong tackles.

Bubbling under: George Kruis (England)

4 – Maro Itoje (England)

The youngster keeps getting better with every game. He gave Australia a hard time in the line-outs and just produced another great all-round performance.

Bubbling under: Iain Henderson (Ireland)

3 – Dan Cole (England)

He destroyed Scott Sio in the scrums in the second half. He is certainly one of the best scrummagers in the game today.

Bubbling under: Samson Lee (Wales)

2 – Rory Best (Ireland)

He led from the front against the Springboks. He was industrious in the time he was on the field and motivated his team after being reduced to 14 men.

Bubbling under: Dane Coles (New Zealand)

1 – Mako Vunipola (England)

He gave Greg Holmes a tough time in the scrum battle in Brisbane and he was also powerful in the physical exchanges.

Bubbling under: Gethin Jenkins (Wales)

Our individual selections:

Paul Dobson XV: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Kieran Read, 7 James Haskell, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Gethin Jenkins.

Jan de Koning XV: 15 Jared Payne, 14 George North, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Tauriq Ebrahim XV: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Nicolas Sánchez, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Rory Best, 1 Joe Moody.

Warren Fortune XV: 15 Liam Williams, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luke Marshall, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Kieran Read, 7 James Haskell, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Rory Best, 1 Mako Vunipola.


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