Saturday 24 August 2019

No place for Johnny Sexton or Paul O'Connell in this Welsh Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Declan Whooley

Team of the Tournaments never fail to spark debate, an Wales Online's selection might raise a few Irish eyebrows.

Joe Schmidt's side claimed back-to-back titles in Edinburgh after England failed to defeat France by the required 26 points at Twickenham.

Jonathan Sexton was omitted from the Telegraph's Six Nations Team of the Tournament
Jonathan Sexton was omitted from the Telegraph's Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Wales finished level on points too and the Welsh media outlet has picked six of Warren Gatland's side in their starting team along with five Englishmen and one Italian.

From an Irish perspective, Robbie Henshaw, Jack McGrath and Peter O'Mahony make the cut but the exclusion of Jonathan Sexton and Paul O'Connell was a surprising move.

The Welsh locks Luke Charteris (particularly against Ireland) and Alun Wyn-Jones were very impressive while out-half George Ford had a fine season, but the Irish number 10 and the Irish captain can count themselves unlucky not be be included.

Here is the team they chose.

15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)

Wales Leigh Halfpenny attempts a conversion during the RBS Six Nations match at the Stade de France, Paris, France

14. Yoann Huget (France)

13. Jonathan Joseph (England)

Jonathan Joseph scoring one of his two tries against Italy

12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

Man of the match Robbie Henshaw after the RBS Six Nations match against England

11. Jack Nowell (England)

10. George Ford (England)

George Ford catches the ball during the England captain's run at the Aviva Stadium

9. Ben Youngs (England)

1. Jack McGrath (Ireland)

Jack McGrath

2. Scott Baldwin (Wales)

3. Dan Cole (England)

4. Luke Charteris (Wales)

Ireland’s Sean O’Brien is tackled by Luke Charteris (left) and Rhys Webb of Wales during the Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium

5. Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales)

6. Peter O'Mahony (Ireland)

Peter O'Mahony, Ireland, leads his team-mates from the field after the game

7. Sam Warburton (Wales)

8. Toby Faletau (Wales)

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