Team of the Week: Six Nations

Date published: March 17 2015

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Now that the dust has settled after Round Four of the 2015 Six Nations Championship, we select the players that stood out over the weekend.

Six Nations Team of the Week: Round Four

15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland): Valiant in defeat for Scotland at Twickenham, Hogg made three try-saving tackles and was pretty much the heart of their attack. No shortage of effort and Scotland's top carrier with 13. He pushes out Mike Brown, who returned strongly, along with France's Scott Spedding.

14 Leigh Halfpenny (Wales): With plenty of outstanding full-backs but few wingers, we've shifted Wales full-back Halfpenny out wide. Halfpenny really is indispensible for his country with his outstanding goalkicking but he also made metres with the ball in hand. His four early penalites built the win with his final effort securing victory.

13 Jonathan Joseph (England): A narrow decision here between Joseph and his opposite man Mark Bennett (both scored tries), but the England back just edges him out. England really need to get him on the ball more. The tournament's top try scorer this year on four.

12 Jamie Roberts (Wales): Another rock-solid shift from the Racing Métro centre as he chopped down Ireland's many runners in the second half. Ended with a total of 14 tackles.

11 Jack Nowell (England): Nowell got his reward for England with a try for at Twickenham, but he had to work hard to get it. Several chances didn't quite land for the Exeter back but he did crush the stats – making 14 carries, four clean breaks, eight defenders beaten and plenty of offloads. Top effort.

10 George Ford (England): No room for Dan Biggar who was battered and bruised but did well against Ireland (especially with a very nice drop goal), while Jules Plisson had an impressive cameo. Ford though was key for England, constantly unlocking Scotland's defence and scoring a try of his own. A big reason why England are the top try scorers on 11.

9 Ben Youngs (England): Back to his more direct self after a quiet game against Ireland, kicking accurately from hand and sniping around the fringes effectively to keep Scotland on their toes. Was named Man of the Match.

8 Loann Goujon (France): A very impressive first start from the young La Rochelle number eight. If you outperform Sergio Parisse then that's one to remember. The number eight carried 11 times and made 99 metres, doing enough to hold off Taulupe Faletau and Billy Vunipola.

7 Sam Warburton (Wales): An excellent captain's run from Warburton who, even though he was yellow carded, stormed around the park and did enough to be named Man of the Match. Enough is an understatement, he made an amazing 23 tackles. Playing some of his best rugby.

6 Thierry Dusautoir (France): Captain's innings from Dusatoir, who has been let down in recent times by the performances of those around him. No such issues here, with the French star leading the tackles for his side in Rome. Credit to Dan Lydiate for another tackling show against Ireland.

5 Paul O’Connell (Ireland): 100 appearances for Ireland and a performance to match it, as O'Connell tried to drag his side to victory in Wales. Two line breaks caught the eye as he totalled a whopping 18 carries overall. Wasn't to be his day. Holds off the abrasive Courtney Lawes and try-scoring Yoann Maestri.

4 Luke Charteris (Wales): The player of the weekend. Charteris is comfortably over two metres tall yet managed to get low enough on 31 occasions – 31! – to make tackles for Wales in their win over Ireland. That's a Six Nations record. Crucial to his country's maul as well.

3 Nicolas Mas (France): France's scrum was well on top in Rome with thanks to the help of Mas at tighthead prop coming back into the side. France can't depend on the veteran forever but he proved he still has plenty left in the tank as the visitors won nine scrums and bossed their normally imperious hosts.

2 Scott Baldwin (Wales): A mini-revelation in the wins over France and now Ireland, after finally getting his chance. Tackled tirelessly (didn't they all) and has helped steady the Welsh lineout in his combination with Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones. 20 hits for a front rower? That's remarkable.

1 Eddy Ben Arous (France)Completing the French scrum's dominance on the loosehead side, Ben Arous has been great for France around the park and now backed it up with his scrummaging. A couple of scrum penalties against Joe Marler damaged his case.

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