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Independent.ie RBS Six Nations team of the week

Conor Murray, Mathieu Bastareaud, George Ford and Dougie Fife are included
Conor Murray, Mathieu Bastareaud, George Ford and Dougie Fife are included
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

The first round of games in the 2015 edition of the RBS Six Nations have been completed but who deserves to be included in our team of the week?

England lead the way with six players included followed by Ireland (4), France (2), Scotland (2) and the Welsh captain Sam Warburton.

15. Rob Kearney (Ireland)

Used his experience to nurse some of the Six Nations debutants into the game in Rome and ran the ball back with vigour to keep Ireland on the front foot and in possession.

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Ireland's fullback Rob Kearney is tackled by Italy's wing Luke McLean (L) during the Six Nations International Rugby Union match between Italy and Ireland at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on February 7, 2015

14. Anthony Watson (England)

Watson is keeping a lot of talent players out of the England XV and fully justified his selection with a brilliantly taken try.

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Wales' George North (left) and England's Anthony Watson (right) compete for the high ball during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use. No use in books without prior written permission from WRU. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

13. Mathieu Bastareaud (France)

The Toulon juggernaut constantly barrelled over the Scottish gainline to give Ireland plenty to ponder ahead of this weekend's encounter at the Aviva.

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France's Mathieu Bastareaud (2nd R) is tackled by Scotland's players, including Jonny Gray (L) and Rob Harley (R), during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France

12. Luther Burrell (England)

Formed a potent partnership with Jonathan Joseph in the English midfield and played a big part in the Watson try.

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England's Luther Burrell (right) runs at Wales' Rhys Webb during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use. No use in books without prior written permission from WRU. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

11. Dougie Fife (Scotland)

Fife came off the bench to replace the stricken Tommy Seymour after 16 minutes and finished off a great move for the only try at the Stade de France.

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Scotland's Dougie Fife (left) dives in to score a try during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Stade de France, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 7, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU France. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

10. George Ford (England)

There was a lot resting on Ford's young shoulders with Owen Farrell missing and he rose to the occasion with a tactically astute performance.

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England celebrate defeating Wales at the final whistle in their Six Nations Rugby Union match at the Millennium stadium

9. Conor Murray (Ireland)

Given that he has been out of action for the past four weeks, Murray was impressive and showed great tenacity for his try. A lot more to come from the Munster scrumhalf.

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Conor Murray goes over for Ireland's first try in the win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico
 

8. Bily Vunipola (England)

One of his best performances in an England shirt, Vunipola was electric with ball-in-hand and dynamic at the breakdown.

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England's Billy Vunipola passes the ball during their Six Nations Rugby Union match against Wales at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales February 6, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY) UNION)
 

7. Sam Warburton (Wales)

The Welsh captain created a number of turnovers and slightly shaded his openside battle with Chris Robshaw.

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Wales Sam Warburton during the RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday February 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use. No use in books without prior written permission from WRU. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
 

6. James Haskell (England)

The Wasps flanker is a massive presence in the England back-row and his sheer size was too much for Wales at times.

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England flanker James Haskell is tackled by Wale's Mike Phillips during Friday's Six nations clash at the Millennium Stadium
 

5. Paul O'Connell (Ireland)

The Limerick man coordinated a dominant set-piece and a number of lineout steals helped keep the Italians at around 30pc possession.

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Ireland captain Paul O’Connell fights for the ball with Italy’s lock George Biagi during the opening Six Nations clash in Rome on Saturday

4. Yoann Maestri (France)

A big ball carrier and used his size well at the breakdown, nullifying the effect of the Gray brothers for Scotland.

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France's Yann Maestri (5) wins a line out against Scotland's Richie Gray (4) during their Six Nations rugby union match at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis

3. Mike Ross (Ireland)

There had been question marks over his selection ahead of Marty Moore but he marshalled an Irish front row which dominated the Italians.

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Mike Ross, Ireland

2. Ross Ford (Scotland)

The Scottish front row caused France all sorts of problems and Ford was as solid as ever at the lineout.

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PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 07: Ross Ford of Scotland is tackled during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 7, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
 

1. Joe Marler (England)

Alex Corbisiero will have a job getting back into Stuart Lancaster's team on the evidence of Friday night.

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CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 06: Joe Marler of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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