Six Nations: Team of the Week

Date published: February 29 2016

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With the dust having settled on Round 3 of the Six Nations, we take a look back over the three matches to select our Team of the Week.

The winners on Saturday were Scotland and England while Wales edged out France on Friday, leaving them one behind behind the English.

Let's see who made our team…

Six Nations: Team of the Week

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland): Liam Williams and Mike Brown impressed for Wales and England respectively but it had to be Hogg as our full-back. Hogg has been consistently a threat for Scotland and in Rome he was always a threat. Two try assists and 99 running metres.

14 Anthony Watson (England): Another assured display on the right wing from Bath full-back Watson as he continues to grow in international rugby. Plenty of runs and metres to go with a try, Watson is looking every bit like a top class Test finisher. More to come.

13 Michele Campagnaro (Italy): He has many fans and rightly so. Campagnaro impressed for the Azzurri with another excellent performance, albeit in defeat. Of his ten powerful carries he beat seven defenders, which is impressive, while he was also good defensively.

12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland): We shift Henshaw into our number 12 shirt as he deserves a place in the team after making over 100 metres with ball in hand against England at Twickenham. Alongside debutant Stuart McCloskey, Ireland had a solid midfield and after a strong outing, Henshaw sees off Duncan Taylor of Scotland, who once again impressed for his country, this time in their win against Italy.

11 Jack Nowell (England): Continues to grow in this England side, Nowell was again impressive on the left wing with his high work-rate and carrying strength. Granted, few other number 11s stood out but nothing should be taken away from another industrious shift.

10 Finn Russell (Scotland): It was a two-horse race between Russell and Jonathan Sexton for this position but the Scot gets the nod. Against a weak Italian midfield defence, Russell feasted on the gaps and it was his break that led to John Hardie going over for a try.

9 Greig Laidlaw (Scotland): Completing an all-Scottish half-back combination, Laidlaw takes our nine shirt after kicking 21 points in another assured display at the base. Gareth Davies was busy for Wales but it had to be the Gloucester back here. A real leader.

8 Billy Vunipola (England): Excellent. No one came close to taking this jersey off Vunipola. A carrying monster on Saturday.

7 Josh van der Flier (Ireland): 15 tackles from the debutant and he can feel hard done to after not being awarded a try against England. Unfortunately for the Leinster flanker he was adjudged to have been held up but it was still an impressive performance from this 22-year-old. Scotland openside John Hardie was another to catch the eye on Saturday with his try while Wales' Sam Warburton was also busy.

6 John Barclay (Scotland): Another industrious performance from the Scottish back-row and he was rewarded for it with only his third try for his country. Despite David Denton being ruled out before kick-off, Barclay, Ryan Wilson and John Hardie combined well.

5 George Kruis (England): Donnacha Ryan was superb for Ireland, Ryan making 18 tackles at Twickenham. However, the player facing him was just a level above on Saturday as Kruis continues to build a strong case for a spot in the British and Irish Lions squad.

4 Maro Itoje (England): Made his starting bow in an England jersey with so much excitement regarding his potential. It was solid enough from Itoje as he took on Ireland, making seven carries and also enjoying a team high 16 tackles. A hat tip must go to Richie Gray.

3 Samson Lee (Wales): WP Nel came mighty close to taking this shirt but the work done by Lee on Friday night in Cardiff had to be rewarded. The 23-year-old is such a solid scrummager and after that Achilles injury, one can't help but applaud his recent showing.

2 Guillem Guirado (France): In a side that struggled to launch much in an attacking sense at the Principality Stadium last Friday, Guiardo was a shining light in blue. The captain led by example with sixteen carries and a try in another solid day at the office. Dylan Hartley also went well for England.

1 Alasdair Dickinson (Scotland): Involved in plenty of positive aspects for Scotland, one being supporting Russell after his break that led to a try. Dickinson also put in a solid display at the coal face, as he got the better of Lorenzo Cittadini at scrum time.

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