Monday 19 August 2019

Just one Irish player makes English newspaper's November tests Team of the Weekend

18 November 2017; Darren Sweetnam of Ireland goes over to score his side's first try during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Fiji at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
18 November 2017; Darren Sweetnam of Ireland goes over to score his side's first try during the Guinness Series International match between Ireland and Fiji at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Darren Sweetnam's strong performance for Ireland last Saturday has earned him a spot in The Telegraph's Team of the Weekend after another round of November internationals.

Sweetnam's provincial colleague Andrew Conway was the RTE Man of the Match after the 23-20 win over Fiji, but it is the Munster wing who is Ireland's sole representative in the all-star XV.

Ireland led the way in terms of selections last week after hammering South Africa, but this week it is Scotland, who have four players in the team after coming up just short against the All Blacks.

Stuart Hogg, Huw Jones, Ali Price and John Barclay are all selected while Sonny Bill Williams and Beauden Barrett are included from New Zealand.

Georgia are rewarded for their admirable effort against Wales with two selections, loosehead prop Mikheli Nariashvili and flanker Lasha Lomidze.

England provide both seconds rows, with Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury making the team after their 30-6 victory against Australia.

Here is The Telegraph's Team of the Weekend in full:

15. Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

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14. Darren Sweetnam (Ireland)

13. Huw Jones (Scotland)

12. Sonny Bill Williams (All Blacks)

11. Rieko Ioane (All Blacks)

10. Yu Tamura (Japan)

9. Ali Price (Scotland)

1. Mikheli Nariashvili (Georgia)

2. Andrei Radoi (Romania)

3. Sekope Kepu (Australia)

4. Joe Launchbury (England)

5. Courtney Lawes (England)

6. Lasha Lomidze (Georgia)

7. John Barclay (Scotland)

8. Louis Picamoles (France)

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