Independent.ie Six Nations Team of the Week: Just one Irishman makes the XV
It was difficult opening weekend to the 2017 RBS Six Nations for Ireland and that is reflected in selection for best XV from round one of the tournament.
Tighthead Tadhg Furlong is the only Irishman to make the XV following the 27-22 defeat to the Scots who have four players in the side.
England, thanks to Ben Te'o's late try, got the better of France in Twickenham and both sides have three representatives.
Three Welshman make the grade after their 33-7 victory in Rome while Sergio Parisse's heroics in defeat earn him a spot at number 8.
15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)
Blitzed Ireland in the opening 20 minutes at Murrayfield. Was solid in defence when Vern Cotter's men were under the cosh.
14. George North (Wales)
Showed his blistering pace to tear the Italian defence asunder with his solo effort yesterday. It was just reward for what has been a tough season so far for the winger.
13. Rémi Lamerat (France)
Lamerat doesn't just bring brute force. He was involved in several half-breaks and full breaks as France showed major improvement under Guy Noves.
12. Owen Farrell (England)
His huge hit on Louis Picamoles was a crucial moment in Saturday's game. His goalkicking was also very crucial.
11. Elliot Daly (England)
He landed a monster penalty and was a threat all afternoon. Has definitely put himself in the Lions shake-up after that display.
10. Sam Davies (Wales)
The young Ospreys fly-half showed some lovely touches after replacing Dan Biggar at the break, Contributed to Wale's much more potent offensive display in the second half.
9. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)
Laidlaw's game management and kicking skills were crucial in Scotland's triumph over Ireland. He did a lot of talking in the build-up to the game and backed it up.
1. Rabah Slimani (France)
Slimani came on early in the second half and showed brilliant opportunism to go over for France's try.
2. Guilhem Guirado (France)
On a weekend where Lions hopefuls failed to sparkle, the French skipper was the best hooker on show. Helped the French gain dominance in the scrum.
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
The Wexford native must be close to Warren Gatland's starting team for the summer. Powerful in the scrum and abrasive in the loose.
4. Richie Gray (Scotland)
Both Gray brothers tormented the usually unflappable Irish lineout and was very influential in defence.
5. Jonny Gray (Scotland)
Was central to Scotland's success in frustrating Ireland at the breakdown and frustrating them in the lineout.
6. Maro Itoje (England)
He bolstered his growing reputation with a strong display. He was England's top tackler and their go to man in the lineout.
7. Sam Warburton (Wales)
Warburton looked liberated by the fact that his armband is gone. Spearheaded a strong second half showing from Wales.
8. Sergio Parisse (Italy)
Italy's Roman gladiator was at his majestic best. Whether he was ball carrying, winning line-out possession or controlling matters at the back of the scrum, Parisse was rarely out of the action.