Six Nations: XV of the Championship

Date published: March 23 2010

Now that the champagne has flattened over in Paris, Planet Rugby thought it was only right to hail the star performers of Six Nations 2010.

Now that the champagne has flattened over in Paris, Planet Rugby thought it was only right to hail the standout performers of the 2010 Six Nations.

If you were otherwise occupied on Saturday then I'm afraid you missed out as Wales salvaged some pride, Scotland picked up a deserved victory in Dublin, before France succeeded in claiming the Grand Slam at the expense of England.

The action all began at the Millennium Stadium where Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards were surely feeling the pressure going into facing Italy. But they need not have worried as Wales took a big step back in the right direction with passes in front of players and hunger giving them direction.

It was then over to what was billed a goodbye party at Croke Park. Talk about speaking too soon. Dan Parks was ultimately the hero for the Scots, who swerved the Wooden Spoon and proved that they are not a bad side. Congratulations to Andy Robinson and Gregor Townsend for their efforts.

And so it came down to Le Crunch at a rainy Stade de France where a new-look England were also a nation upping their game in the finale. However, it was to be les Bleus' year as they added the final piece to their Slam jigsaw. Watch them go in the World Cup.

But before we get down to our Team of the Tournament, it feels unfair not to recognise the men who topped the positional charts over the past weekend.

Team of the Round Five: 15 Ben Foden (England), 14 Tommy Bowe (Ireland), 13 James Hook (Wales), 12 Graeme Morrison (Scotland), 11 Chris Ashton (England), 10 Dan Parks (Scotland), 9 Mike Phillips (Wales), 8 Johnnie Beattie (Scotland), 7 Sam Warburton (Wales), 6 Thierry Dusautoir (France), 5 Alastair Kellock (Scotland), 4 Lionel Nallet (France), 3 Nicolas Mas (France), 2 Ross Ford (Scotland), 1 Gethin Jenkins (Wales).


Six Nations: Team of the Tournament

15 Cl̩ment Poitrenaud (France) РA lot more hot than cold this year. His best outing came against Italy but throughout the championship he showed a lot more authority and solidity than in the past and was a big factor in France winning the Grand Slam.
Came close – Geordan Murphy (Ireland)

14 Tommy Bowe (Ireland) – Continuing on from the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa, the Irish winger was always a running option for either Ronan O'Gara or Jonathan Sexton this championship and finished joint top of the try-scoring table in 2010.
Came close – Sean Lamont (Scotland)

13 Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland) – Although struggling to make our weekly XVs, BOD was impressive right from minute one against Italy and continued his solid showings until the end. If he was not scoring/setting up tries, the 100+ cap's defence stood tall.
Came close – Mathieu Bastareaud (France)

12 Yannick Jauzion (France) – We ummed and arred over the inside centre position but ultimately ended up going for Mr. Glue himself. Jauzion's presence cannot be played down in this young French back-line and he held them all together superbly.
Came close – Graeme Morrison (Scotland)

11 Sean Lamont (Scotland) – A go-to man for 2010's fifth-placed nation. The Scarlet stood up superbly for an injury-hit Scottish back-line during March and always carried them over the first line of defence, using his considerably size to good effect.
Came close – Shane Williams (Wales)

10 Dan Parks (Scotland) – The soon-to-be Cardiff Blue was only called up by Andy Robinson from Round Two yet he still tops out 10 chart. Three man-of-the-match performances for his country with his most recent arguably his best for Scotland.
Came close – Francois Trinh-Duc (France)

9 Morgan Parra (France) – Enter the man who makes les Bleus tick. The 21-year-old was immense for France this campaign with the right decisions always taken while he showed he can also handle the pressure of goal-kicking at the highest level.
Came close – Tomas O'Leary (Ireland)

8 Johnnie Beattie (Scotland) – No.8 has been the hotly-contested jersey throughout our weekly XVs and rightly so. For France, Imanol Harinordoquy has been superb, Ireland's Jamie Heaslip was also up there, but Beattie was the best with what was around him.
Came close – Imanol Harinordoquy (France)

7 David Wallace (Ireland) – His carrying ability for either Munster or Ireland is always a problem for opponents. Closely followed by Tommy Bowe and his back-row colleagues, Wallace has been the standout player in green and will be upset to finish second.
Came close – John Barclay (Scotland)

6 Thierry Dusautoir (France) – No debate surrounding this one whatsoever as the talismanic French captain led from the front in all five of their 2010 victories. While he is in fact an openside wearing six, we have as usual gone on shirt numbers for this call.
Came close – Kelly Brown (Scotland)

5 Alastair Kellock (Scotland) – This mobile Glaswegian was a real thorn in both England and Ireland's side over recent weeks and fully deserves his place alongside the more physical lock in our forward pack. Rory Best and Dylan Hartley can finally relax.
Came close – Julien Pierre (France)

4 Lionel Nallet (France) – No doubt in our minds that France boasted the strongest tight five in the championship and Nallet was a key component of all things good coming out of les Bleus' pack. Solid up front and complimented Julien Pierre well.
Came close – Steve Borthwick (England)

3 Nicolas Mas (France) – Man-of-the-match against old foes England, the Perpignan tighthead proved just why he is paid the big bucks. He has been the pillar of France's impressive front-row and will continue to be so going into the World Cup.
Came close – Adam Jones (Wales)

2 William Servat (France) – No one came close to the Toulouse star in 2010. He possesses the whole package that includes a solid line-out, scrum and all-round mobility and intelligence in the loose. Dimitri Szarzewski must continue to warm the pine.
Came close – Leonardo Ghiraldini (Italy)

1 Thomas Domingo (France) – The absence of Fabien Barcella was hardly noticed for the champions as this Clermont loosehead was impressive for Marc Lievremont. Still very young in terms of a front-row, Domingo has a healthy future ahead of him.
Came close – Cian Healy (Ireland)

Compiled by Adam Kyriacou