Thursday 29 September 2016

Only ONE Irish player makes English paper's combined Six Nations XV

Published 05/02/2016 | 11:15

These four made the XV but Rory Best was the only Irish player to make the grade
These four made the XV but Rory Best was the only Irish player to make the grade

Ireland are bidding to become the first team to ever win three Six Nations titles on the bounce but only one of our players has made a composite Six Nations XV.

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Rory Best is selected at hooker ahead of French captain Guilhem Guirado and England skipper Dylan Hartley but he is the sole Irish representative in the Daily Telegraph's XV.

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar is preferred to Jonathan Sexton at fly-half and Greig Laidlaw before Conor Murray in a back-line which contains three Welsh stars, two Englishmen, Laidlaw and Wesley Fofana.

The pack contains four of Warren Gatland's men, French prop Rabah Slimani, Best, Joe Launchbury and Italian talisman Serio Parisse.

The Daily Telegraph's Six Nations XV: (15-9) Mike Brown (England), Anthony Watson (England), Wesley Fofana (France), Jamie Roberts (Wales), George North (Wales), Dan Biggar (Wales), Greig Laidlaw (Scotland); (1-8) Gethin Jenkins (Wales), Rory Best (Ireland), Rabah Slimani (France), Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales), Joe Launchbury (England), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Sam Warburton (Wales), Sergio Parisse (Italy).

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