Wednesday 22 May 2019

Three Irish players feature in English newspaper's Champions Cup Team of the Week

14 October 2017; James Ryan of Leinster is tackled by Frans Steyn, left, and Thomas Darmon of Montpellier during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 Round 1 match between Leinster and Montpellier at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
14 October 2017; James Ryan of Leinster is tackled by Frans Steyn, left, and Thomas Darmon of Montpellier during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 Round 1 match between Leinster and Montpellier at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Leinster, Munster and Ulster all had players selected in the Daily Telegraph's team of the week after the first weekend of Champions Cup action.

Leinster and Ulster got their campaigns off to winning starts at home to Montpellier and Wasps respectively, while Munster earned a credible draw away to Castres.

There were a number of standout performers for all three provinces, with the Telegraph including Leinster duo Robbie Henshaw and James Ryan in their week one dream team alongside Munster scrum-half Conor Murray and Ulster back Charles Piutau.

It was a particularly impressive display from 21-year-old Ryan, who only came into the side when Australian second row Scott Fardy was forced to withdraw on short notice.

In total, the Telegraph have five PRO 14 players and five each from the Premiership and the Top 14 in their team.

Here is the selection in full:

15. Charles Piutau - Ulster

14. Liam Williams (Saracens)

13. Robbie Henshaw (Leinster)

12. Geoffrey Doumayrou (La Rochelle)

11. Josua Tuisova (Toulon)

10. Owen Farrell (Saracens)

9. Conor Murray (Munster)

1. Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)

2. George Turner (Glasgow Warriors)

3. Vincent Koch (Saracens)

4. James Ryan (Leinster)

5. Leone Nakarawa (Racing 92)

6. Kevin Gourdon (La Rochelle)

7. Dom Armand (Exeter Chiefs)

8. Maama Vaipulu (La Rochelle)

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