As the 2016 RBS Six Nations heads into its second break week, we take a look at the players who have shined so far and pick our best XV after three rounds of action. England still lead the way in search of a first Grand Slam in 13 years and their match with Wales at Twickenham is now a title decider.
- Mike Brown (England)
The English full-back continues to be one of the most consistent and tenacious performers in Europe. May not have hit the dazzling heights of the past two years but still been the best 15 in the tournament so far. Extremely reliable.
- Tommy Seymour (Scotland)
The flying Scottish winger has been in superb form in the 2016 Six Nations. With two tries from his three outings has proved lethal when given the chance, will be one of the key men for his country moving forward.
- Michele Campagnaro (Italy)
It is rare to see an Italian back feature in any Six Nations best XV’s, but Campagnaro has been outstanding in a side trying to play a more expansive style. He has most the clean breaks in the tournament with 6 and is one of the most improved players in the competition.
- Jamie Roberts (Wales)
The debate rages about whether Wales are too one dimensional, but when you have a bulldozer like Jamie Roberts in the side why would you try anything else? The British Lion continues to make big plays at big times for his country.
- Anthony Watson (England)
While Watson usually plays on the left wing we couldn’t leave him out of the side. His dazzling footwork and blistering speed see him sit second in metres made in the Six Nations with 213. A crucial try against Ireland is his only score but he oozes class.
- Dan Biggar (Wales)
The Welsh stand-off has picked up where he left off at the World Cup. His all-round game continues to impress, many thought that without Leigh Halfpenny Wales would struggle to keep the scoreboard ticking but Biggar is just as accurate from the tee.
- Greg Laidlaw (Scotland)
The World Player of the Year nominee is the top point’s scorer in the Six Nations and is establishing himself as one of Europe’s elite scrum-halves. His 21-point haul against Italy in round three was a match winning contribution and he has to be in the side.
- Billy Vunipola (England)
There isn’t a better or more destructive number eight in the Northern Hemisphere. The one-man wrecking ball has made a staggering 58 carries for 207 metres so far; his man of the match performance against Ireland was raw power at its best. Player of the tournament so far.
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) 29 February 2016
- James Haskell (England)
There hasn’t really been an outstanding seven so far, but James Haskell has been extremely solid for England. If you take his silly yellow card against Ireland out of the equation he has done everything Eddie Jones has asked of him namely make big carries and big hits.
- CJ Stander (Ireland)
The South African born flanker has taken to Test Match rugby like a duck to water. His carrying has given Joe Schmidt’s some real go forward and he has made the second most turnovers in the competition with four.
- George Kruis (England)
The king of the lineout in the Six Nations, his 19 takes include several crucial steals. His work in defence has been immense and includes four turnovers. Likened to Martin Johnson, he is a player who has become a key cog for England.
- Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Alun Wyn Jones continues to inspire his side with phenomenal performances. He has made the joint most turnovers in the Six Nations with five steals and has taken 11 lineouts. Would get into most teams in the world.
- Dan Cole (England)
After the World Cup questions were been asked about Coles place in the England team. He has answered his critics with some very good performances in the last two rounds, his scrummaging looks back to its best.
- Dylan Hartley (England)
The new England captain has proved just how much he was missed last autumn. His powerful play at the set-piece and work in defence have caught the eye. Despite concerns about discipline he has been squeaky clean and has re-established his position as one of Europe’s best hookers.
- Rob Evans (Wales)
The 23-year-old has ousted the legendary Gethin Jenkins at loosehead for Wales and looks a proper Test Match player. He has scrummaged well and makes some very good contributions in the loose, very dependable.
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