Monday 24 October 2016

Three Irish make the cut in all-time Six Nations XV

Published 05/02/2016 | 20:14

The Telegraph newspaper ran polls this week for readers to pick their all-time combined XV for the Five and Six Nations. Here are the results.

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Full-back: JPR Williams

The Wales legend, who won three Grand Slams and six Triple crowns in a glittering career, took 39 per cent of the vote.

Right wing: Shane Williams

Another Welsh superstar takes to the field on the right wing. Williams, who took 42 per cent of the vote, scored 58 tries in 87 games for his country.

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Outside centre: Brian O'Driscoll

An overwhelming favourite, taking 78 per cent of the vote. Won two Six Nations titles, in 2009 and 2014, and four Triple Crowns.

Inside centre: Philippe Sella

The first Frenchman in our poll claimed 47 per cent of votes. One of only five players to have scored a try in every match of a Five Nations championship.

Left wing: Jason Robinson

The rugby league convert who became a union great. England's flyer polled 38 per cent of the votes, afer scoring 30 tries in 56 internationals.

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Fly-half: Jonny Wilkinson

The second leading points scorer in the tournament's history - with 546, just behind Ronan O'Gara - earns his place in the team with 54 per cent of the vote.

Scrum-half: Gareth Edwards

A one-man race, this one. Edwards polled an extraordinary 84 per cent of the vote through his performances in the great Wales team of the 1970s.

No 8: Sergio Parisse

The only Italian in the team, and a fully justiifed inclusion. Parisse polled 50 per cent of the votes, having almost single-handedly taken the fight to Italy's opponents on occasion.

Openside flanker: Jean-Pierre Rives

The legendary French captain led his side to two Grand Slams in 1977 and 1981. Now almost as well known for his abstract artwork. Very French.

Blindside flanker: Richard Hill

The England stalwart from the all-conquering side of 2003 earns a place - with 58 per cent of the vote - ahead of the likes of Serge Betsen and Thierry Dusautoir.

Lock: Martin Johnson

Some strong competition, with the likes of Willie John McBride and Bill Beaumont missing out. But Johnson is a shoo-in for one of the two lock positions, earning a place in our team with 41 per cent of the vote.


Lock: Paul O'Connell

Ireland's wonderful captain - who called time on his international caerer after the World Cup - took 32 per cent of the vote to earn a place alongside Johnson.

Tighthead prop: Phil Vickery

A tight run thing, but England's Vickery (38 per cent of the vote) just edges out Wales' Graham Price (36 per cent).


Hooker: Keith Wood

One of Ireland's finest saw off the competition with ease in the Telegraph poll, taking 62 per cent of the votes. Capped 58 times by his country.

Loosehead prop: Jason Leonard

Another member of the great England side of 2003, Leonard polled 57 per cent of the votes. Only Fran Cotton and David Sole registered double figures.

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