Monday 23 April 2018

Five Irish players included in our Six Nations Team of the Week

Andrew Porter, Teddy Thomas and Owen Farrell are in the XV
Andrew Porter, Teddy Thomas and Owen Farrell are in the XV
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland produced an eight-try demolition of Italy to move to the top of the Six Nations table on points difference and are rewarded with five places in our top XV from round two of the competition.

Robbie Henshaw will take no further part in the tournament after picking up a shoulder injury in the process of scoring his second try against the Azzurri but he is selected at 13.

For his acceleration in attack and never-say-die attitude to defence, Keith Earls is on the wing with French speedster Teddy Thomas on the opposite side thanks to his two-try tour de force at Murrayfield.

For the second week in succession, Johnny Sexton was the standout flyhalf and is partnered in the half-backs by Scotland's nerveless kicker Greig Laidlaw.

Henshaw is joined in the centre by the world class Owen Farrell while Gareth Anscombe completes the line-up at full-back.

The Irish duo of Jack McGrath and Andrew Porter, who performed impressively after coming on as a fourth minute replacement for Tadhg Furlong, are in the front row on either side of Welsh hooker Ken Owens.

Joe Launchbury and Cory Hill were direct opponents at Twickenham but both put in huge performances in the second row.

The back row includes French blindside Yacouba Camara, the tireless Josh Navidi and Scottish number 8 Ryan Wilson.

Independent.ie's Six Nations Team of the Week:

15. Gareth Anscombe (Wales)

14. Teddy Thomas (France)

13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

12. Owen Farrell (England)

11. Keith Earls (Ireland)

10. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)

9. Greig Laidlaw (Scotland)

8. Ryan Wilson (Scotland)

7. Josh Navidi (Wales)

6. Yacouba Camara (France)

5. Cory Hill (Wales)

4. Joe Launchbury (England)

3. Andrew Porter (Ireland)

2. Ken Owens (Wales)

1. Jack McGrath (Ireland)

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