Friday 15 December 2017

Italy with as many Irish players in one English paper's Six Nations Team of the Week

Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Italy's Luke McLean jump for the ball during the Six Nations encounter at the Olympic stadium in Rome.
Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Italy's Luke McLean jump for the ball during the Six Nations encounter at the Olympic stadium in Rome.
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England dominate The Telegraph's Six Nations Team of the Week, while Italy have the same number of representatives as Ireland despite the 23-point defeat to the defending champions.

Stuart Lancaster's side undoubtedly gave the performance of the opening weekend with a stunning second half display in Cardiff as they banished the memories of a horrible defeat two years at the same venue.

No fewer than six were selected, with the Welsh the only nation without a single player on the team.

Paul O'Connell and the official man-of-the-match Conor Murray got the nod, with the likes of Mike Ross, Robbie Henshaw and Tommy O'Donnell a little unfortunate to miss out.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Italians also have two players on the team with winger Luke McLean and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini chosen despite the latter's sin-binning at difficulties in a malfunctioning line-out.

The Telegraph Team of the Week:

Scott Spedding, Anthony Watson, Mark Bennett, Jonathan Joseph, Luke McLean, Geroge Ford, Conor Murray; Joe Marler, Leonardo Ghiraldin, Rabah Slimani, Richie Gray, Paul O'Connell, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw, Bernard Le Roux.

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