Saturday 3 December 2016

Squad Focus

Published 04/02/2010 | 14:52

Team-by-team guide to this year’s Six Nations

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Ireland

Backs

Rob Kearney (Leinster) Full-back, Age 23, Caps 18

One of the stars of the Lions tour. Solid under the high ball, a thrilling counter-attacking threat and possesses a powerful left boot.

Denis Hurley (Munster) Full-back/Wing, Age 25, Caps 1

Can play across the back three and played a key role in Munster's 2008 Heineken Cup triumph. Quick and strong.

Shane Horgan (Leinster) Wing, Age 31, Caps 65

Has rediscovered his form, as shown with his wonderful pass to set up Brian O'Driscoll against Brive in their recent Heineken Cup clash.

Keith Earls (Munster) Centre/wing, Age 22, Caps 5

Bounced back after poor start on Lions tour and enjoyed positive autumn. His pace means he's a threat at full-back, centre or wing.

Andrew Trimble (Ulster) Centre/wing, Age 25, Caps 25

After poor 2008 Six Nations, Trimble has rebuilt confidence and is back to defence-splitting best. Scored fine solo try for Ulster against Bath.

Tommy Bowe (Ospreys) Centre/wing, Age 25, Caps 25

Had a sensational 2009 and has started 2010 in the same fashion. Runs great support lines and is an excellent finisher.

Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster) Centre, Age 31, Caps 96

Talismanic captain will be crucial to Irish hopes as always. Reads the game better than anybody. Will win his 100th cap during tournament.

Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster) Centre, Age 29, Caps 43

Back to his best in recent months, scoring four tries in three Heineken Cup games. His understanding with O'Driscoll is almost telepathic.

Paddy Wallace (Ulster) Centre, Age 30, Caps 19

Has become the first choice inside centre over the last 12-18 months. A good footballer, but is not as strong a defender as D'Arcy.

Jonathan Sexton (Leinster) Fly-half, Age 24, Caps 2

This precociously talented youngster has come of age recently. Held his nerve superbly to kick his goal in November win over South Africa.

Ronan O'Gara (Munster) Fly-half, Age 32, Caps 93

Faces the challenge of displacing Sexton, but he has encountered many challenges during his career and come through them all.

Peter Stringer (Munster) Scrum-half, Age 32, Caps 91

Has been a great servant for Ireland, but the likes of Tomas O'Leary are currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

Tomas O'Leary (Munster) Scrum-half, Age 26, Caps 11

Had to bide his time behind Stringer at Munster playing on the wing, but has developed into one of the northern hemisphere's top No 9s.

Eoin Reddan (Leinster) Scrum-half , Age 29, Caps 17

Joined Leinster from London Wasps in an effort to boost his Ireland hopes. Has a quick service, but sometimes makes rash decisions.

Forwards

Jamie Heaslip (Leinster) No 8, Age 26, Caps 21

The best No 8 in Britain and Ireland at the moment. Wonderful for the Lions, his offloading ability and pace make him a huge threat.

David Wallace (Munster) Flanker, Age 33, Caps 57

Not quite at his best, but he is a wise head and gets himself in the right place at the right time.

Sean O'Brien (Leinster) Flanker, Age 22, Caps 2

A very exciting back-row talent. Has real pace and a major appetite for work, an outstanding prospect.

Kevin McLaughlin (Leinster) Flanker, Age 25, Caps 0

O'Brien's Leinster team-mate is another man to keep an eye on. Has shone on the Heineken Cup stage. Has a huge work ethic.

Shane Jennings (Leinster) Flanker, Age 28, Caps 5

Recently returned from a 12-week ban for gouging, but looking to quickly get back into the swing of things. Great defensive No 7.

Stephen Ferris (Ulster) Flanker, Age 24, Caps 16

Having outstanding season after injury ended Lions tour. Quick enough to play behind the scrum, with deft handling skills and raw power.

Donnacha Ryan (Munster) Second-row, Age 26, Caps 3

Has had limited chances due to the depth of talent in Ireland, but can be relied on not to let anyone down.

Paul O'Connell (Munster) Second-row, Age 30, Caps 65

The Lions skipper has slotted back into the Munster side seamlessly. A colossus in every sense of the word.

Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster) Second-row, Age 30, Caps 58

Does not get praise reserved for second-row partner O'Connell, but is a perfect foil for his mate in one of Europe's outstanding pairings.

Leo Cullen (Leinster) Second-row, Age 32, Caps 20

Hugely experienced workhorse of a forward. He was a crucial part of Leinster's Heineken Cup success.

Mike Ross (Leinster) Prop, Age 30, Caps 2

Has not had the impact he would have liked since joining Leinster from Harlequins, but he is a proven, strong scrummaging option.

Marcus Horan (Munster) Prop, Age 32, Caps 66

Has made just one Munster appearance since October due to a minor heart complaint. Not ready to return to the Test arena just yet.

Cian Healy (Leinster) Prop, Age 22, Caps 2

The Leinster loosehead was one of the stars of autumn campaign. Magnificent in the loose, but jury is out on his scrummaging.

John Hayes (Munster) Prop, Age 36, Caps 97

Endured torrid time during Northampton's visit to Thomond Park, but his experience will be vital. Should win his 100th cap during tournament.`

Tom Court (Ulster) Prop, Age 29, Caps 5

After a slow start to life at Ravenhill, the Brisbane-born forward has become a key part of the Ulster pack. A contender for Hayes' jersey.

Jerry Flannery (Munster) Hooker, Age 31, Caps 34

Injury saw him robbed of his Lions place before the squad departed. One of the best hookers around when it comes to throwing in.

Sean Cronin (Connacht) Hooker, Age 23, Caps 1

Promising player for future. Has turned in some impressive displays for Connacht in Magners League and Amlin Challenge Cup.

Rory Best (Ulster) Hooker, Age 27, Caps 34

Has yet to play this season following a serious neck injury. Another surprise selection, but unlikely to feature prominently.

Wales

Backs

Lee Byrne (Ospreys) Full-back, Age 29, Caps 27

Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues) Wing, Age 21, Caps 10

Tom James (Cardiff Blues) Wing, Age 22, Caps 8

Shane Williams (Ospreys) Wing, Age 32, Caps 68

Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues) Centre, Age 23, Caps 16

Tom Shanklin (Cardiff Blues) Centre, Age 30, Caps 65

Jonathan Davies (Scarlets) Centre, Age 21, Caps 5

Andrew Bishop (Ospreys) Centre, Age 24, Caps 8

James Hook (Ospreys) Centre, Age 24, Caps 37

Dan Biggar (Ospreys) Out-half, Age 20, Caps 4

Stephen Jones (Scarlets) Out-half, Age 32, Caps 83

Tom Prydie (Ospreys) Full-back, Age 17, Caps 0

Kristian Phillips (Ospreys) Wing, Age 19, Caps 0

Gareth Cooper (Cardiff Blues) Scrum-half, Age 30, Caps 44

Richie Rees (Cardiff Blues) Scrum-half, Age 26, Caps 0

Martin Roberts (Scarlets) Scrum-half, Age 23, Caps 3

Forwards

Ryan Jones (Ospreys) No 8, Age 28, Caps 36

Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues) Prop, Age 29, Caps 72

Adam Jones (Ospreys) Prop, Age 28, Caps 56

Paul James (Ospreys) Prop, Age 27, Caps 5

Rhys Gill (Saracens) Prop, Age 23, Caps 0

Eifion Lewis-Roberts (Sale) Prop, Age 28, Caps 1

Gareth Williams (Cardiff Blues) Hooker, Age 30, Caps 7

Huw Bennett (Ospreys) Hooker, Age 26, Caps 27

Matthew Rees (Scarlets) Hooker, Age 29, Caps 34

Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues) second-row, Age 23, Caps 5

Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) second-row, Age 24, Caps 35

Deiniol Jones (Cardiff Blues) second-row, Age 32, Caps 7

Jonathan Thomas (Ospreys) second-row, Age 27, Caps 50

Ian Gough (Ospreys) second-row, Age 33, Caps 61

Luke Charteris (Newport GD) second-row, Age 26, Caps 18

Dan Lydiate (Newport GD) Flanker, Age 22, Caps 2

Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues) Flanker, Age 34, Caps 91

Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues) Flanker, Age 21, Caps 3

Andy Powell (Cardiff Blues) No 8, Age 28, Caps 12

England

Backs

Delon Armitage (London Irish) Full-back, Age 26, Caps 11

Ben Foden (Northampton) Full-back, Age 24, Caps 1

Chris Ashton (Northampton) Wing, Age 22, Caps 0

Mark Cueto (Sale) Wing, Age 30, Caps 34

Matt Banahan (Bath) Wing, Age 23, Caps 5

Ugo Monye (Harlequins) Wing, Age 26 Caps 9

Mathew Tait (Sale) Centre, Age 23, Caps 32

Riki Flutey (Brive) Centre, Age 29, Caps 9

Dan Hipkiss (Leicester) Centre, Age 27, Caps 12

Shontayne Hape (Bath) Centre, Aage 28, Caps 0

Toby Flood (Leicester) Out-half, Age 24, Caps 26

Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) Out-half, Age 30, Caps 73

Paul Hodgson (London Irish) Scrum-half Age 27, Caps 6

Danny Care (Harlequins) Scrum-half Age 23, Caps 14

Forwards

Tim Payne (London Wasps) Prop, Age 30, Caps 15

David Wilson (Bath) Prop, Age 24, Caps 4

Dylan Hartley (Northampton) Hooker, Age 23, Caps 14

Lee Mears (Bath) Hooker, Age 30, Caps 34

Steve Thompson (Brive) Hooker Age 31, Caps 51

Courtney Lawes (Northampton) Second-row, Age 20, Caps 1

Louis Deacon (Leicester) Second-row, Age 29, Caps 13

Simon Shaw (London Wasps) Second-row, Age 36, Caps 54

Steve Borthwick (Saracens) Second-row, Age 30, Caps 53

Lewis Moody (Leicester) Flanker, Age 31, Caps 56

Steffon Armitage (London Irish) Flanker, Age 24, Caps 3

James Haskell (Stade Francais) Flanker, Age 24, Caps 22

Jordan Crane (Leicester) No 8, Age 23, Caps 3

Nick Easter (Harlequins) No 8, Age 31, Caps 27

Dan Cole (Leicester) Prop, Age 22, Caps 0

Matt Mullan (Worcester) Prop, Age 22, Caps 0

Chris Robshaw (Harlequins) Flanker, Age 23, Caps 1

Ben Youngs (Leicester) Scrum-half, Age 20, Caps 0

Dan Ward-Smith (London Wasps) No 8, Age 32, Caps 0

Scotland

Backs

Chris Cusiter (Glasgow) Scrum-half, Age 27, Caps 47

Simon Danielli (Ulster) Wing, Age 30, Caps 22

Nick De Luca (Edinburgh) Centre, Age 25, Caps 14

Max Evans (Glasgow) Centre, Age 26, Caps 6

Thom Evans (Glasgow) Wing, Age 24, Caps 8

Phil Godman (Edinburgh) Out-half, Age 27, Caps 20

Alex Grove (Worcester) Centre, Age 22, Caps 3

Ruaridh Jackson (Glasgow) Out-half, Age 21, Caps 0

Sean Lamont (Scarlets) Centre/wing, Age 29, Caps 40

Rory Lawson (Gloucester) Scrum-half, Age 28, Caps 17

Graeme Morrison (Glasgow) Centre, Age 27, Caps 18

Chris Paterson (Edinburgh) Full-back, Age 31, Caps 98

Dan Parks (Glasgow) Out-half, Age 31, Caps 47

Hugo Southwell (Stade Francais) Full-back, Age 29, Caps 48

Forwards

John Barclay (Glasgow) Flanker, Age 23, Caps 13

Johnnie Beattie (Glasgow) No 8, Age 24, Caps 7

Kelly Brown (Glasgow) Flanker, Age 27, Caps 30

Alasdair Dickinson (Gloucester) Prop, Age 26, Caps 13

Ross Ford (Edinburgh) Hooker, Age 25, Caps 33

Richie Gray (Glasgow) second-row, Age 20, Caps 0

Dougie Hall (Glasgow) Hooker, Age 29, Caps 31

Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh) second-row, Age 27, Caps 5

Nathan Hines (Leinster) second-row, Age 33, Caps 61

Allan Jacobsen (Edinburgh) Prop, Age 31, Caps 40

Alastair Kellock (Glasgow) second-row, Age 28, Caps 20

Scott Lawson (Gloucester) Hooker, Age 28, Caps 16

Moray Low (Glasgow) Prop, Age 25, Caps 5

Alan MacDonald (Edinburgh) Flanker, Age 24, Caps 1

Euan Murray (Northampton) Prop, Age 29, Caps 28

Alasdair Strokosch (Gloucester) Flanker, Age 26, Caps 14

France

Backs

Mathieu Bastareaud (Stade Francais) Centre, Age 21, Caps 4

Jean-Baptiste Elissalde (Toulouse) Fly-half, Scrum-half, Age 32, Caps 35

Morgan Parra (Clermont) Scrum-half, Age 21, Caps 12

Benjamin Boyet (Bourgoin) Out-half, Age 30, Caps 5

Francois Trinh-Duc (Montpellier) Out-half, Age 23, Caps 15

Fabrice Estebanez (Brive) Centre, Age 28, Caps 0

Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse) Centre, Age 31, Caps 63

David Marty (Perpignan) Centre, Age 27, Caps 25

Aurelien Rougerie (Clermont) Centre/Wing, Age 29, Caps 55

Julien Malzieu (Clermont) Wing, Age 26, Caps 11

Clement Poitrenaud (Toulouse) Full-back, Age 27, Caps 34

Alexis Palisson (Brive) Full-back, Age 22, Caps 5

Vincent Clerc (Toulouse) Wing, Age 28, Caps 39

Benjamin Fall (Bayonne) Wing, Age 20, Caps 1

Forwards

Sylvain Marconnet (Stade Francais) Prop, Age 33, Caps 79

Thomas Domingo (Clermont) Prop, Age 24, Caps 5

William Servat (Toulouse) Hooker, Age 31, Caps 25

Dimitri Szarzewski (Stade Francais) Hooker, Age 27, Caps 41

Nicolas Mas (Perpignan) Prop, Age 29, Caps 30

Luc Ducalcon (Castres) Prop, Age 26, Caps 0

Romain Millo-Chluski (Toulouse) Second-row, Age 26, Caps 13

Lionel Nallet (Racing Metro) Second-row, Age 33, Caps 49

Sebastien Chabal (Racing Metro) Second-row, Age 32, Caps 52

Pascal Pape (Stade Francais) Second-row, Age 29, Caps 23

Louis Picamoles (Toulouse) No 8, Age 23, caps 15

Imanol Harinordoquy (Biarritz) No 8, Age 29, Caps 57

Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse) Flanker, Age 28, Caps 28

Fulgence Ouedraogo (Montpellier) Flanker, Age 23, Caps 18

Alexandre Lapandry (Clermont) Flanker, Age 20, Caps 1

Julien Bonnaire (Clermont) No 8, Age 31, Caps 47

Italy

Backs

Simon Picone (Treviso) Scrum-half, Age 27, Caps 20

Tito Tebaldi (Gran Parma) Scrum-half, Age 22, Caps 6

Riccardo Bocchino (Rovigo) Fly-half, Age 21, Caps 0

Craig Gower (Bayonne) Out-half, Age 31, Caps 6

Andrea Marcato (Treviso) Out-half, Age 26, Caps 16

Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais) Centre, Age 26, Caps 66

Gonzalo Canale (Clermont) Centre, Age 27, Caps 51

Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso) Centre, Age 25, Caps 13

Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso) Centre, Age 23, Caps 5

Matteo Pratichetti (Viadana) Wing, Age 24, Caps 20

Kaine Robertson (Viadana) Wing, Age 29, Caps 41

Michele Sepe (Viadana) Wing, Age 23, Caps 2

Andrea Masi (Racing Metro) Full-back, Age 28, Caps 46

Luke McLean (Treviso) Full-back, Age 22, Caps 11

Forwards

Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso) Hooker, Age 25, Caps 24

Fabio Ongaro (Saracens) Hooker, Age 32, Caps 64

Matias Aguero (Saracens) Prop, Age 28, Caps 13

Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester) Prop, Age 28, Caps 62

Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso) Prop, Age 27, Caps 1

Salvatore Perugini (Bayonne) Prop, Age 31, Caps 66

Marco Bortolami (Gloucester) Second-row, Age 29, Caps 77

Carlo Del Fava (Viadana) second-row, Age 28, Caps 41

Quintin Geldenhuys (Viadana) second-row, Age 28, Caps 6

Antonio Pavanello (Treviso) second-row, Age 27, Caps 5

Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais) Flanker, Age 30, Caps 79

Paul Derbyshire (Padova) Flanker, Age 23, Caps 1

Simone Favaro (Overmach Parma) Flanker, Age 21, Caps 5

Josh Sole (Viadana) Flanker, Age 29, Caps 41

Manoa Vosawai (Overmach Parma) No 8, Age 26, Caps 5

Alessandro Zanni (Treviso) No 8, Age 25, Caps 37

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