Wednesday 21 August 2019

BBC pundit selects five Irish stars in November tests dream team

11 November 2017; Bundee Aki of Ireland, 2nd from left, lines up alongside his team-mates prior to the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
11 November 2017; Bundee Aki of Ireland, 2nd from left, lines up alongside his team-mates prior to the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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England legend Jeremy Guscott has named Ireland as second favourites for the 2018 Six Nations after their November clean sweep of South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.

Joe Schmidt's side will be brimming with confidence when they open the championship against Paris in France next February after an accomplished three-game series that saw the coach blood some young stars while achieving a hat-trick of victories.

BBC pundit Guscott was very impressed with wing Jacob Stockdale, with the Ulster back one of five Irish players included in his autumn tests dream team selected from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland.

"They've found a gem in winger Jacob Stockdale. There's no reason why he can't establish himself in the side during the 2018 Six Nations and Ireland are in a good spot," Guscott wrote on the BBC website.

Ireland tied Scotland with the most selections in Guscott's All-Star team, with Bundee Aki, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray and CJ Stander also in the side.

Here is the team in full:

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

14. Jacob Stockdale (Ireland)

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13. Huw Jones (Scotland)

12. Bundee Aki (Ireland)

11. Elliot Daly (England)

10. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

9. Conor Murray (Ireland)

1. Rob Evans (Wales)

2. Stuart McInally (Scotland)

3. Dan Cole (England)

4. Joe Launchbury (England)

5. Jonny Gray (Scotland)

6. John Barclay (Scotland)

7. Josh Navidi (Wales)

8. CJ Stander (Ireland)

 

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