Thursday 22 March 2018

Three Ireland players make the Twitter Six Nations Team of the Tournament

Ireland's Jamie Heaslip makes the Twitter Dream 15
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip makes the Twitter Dream 15 Newsdesk Newsdesk

The Twitter Dream 15 has been announced and three Ireland players have clawed up enough megabytes to make it.

Ireland, England and Wales are all in contention to win this year's Championship on Saturday and now Twitter has compiled the most-mentioned players on Twitter to form a Dream 15.

While Brian O'Driscoll would surely be a shoe-in if he were still playing, Paul O'Connell has failed to make the cut.

Joe Schmidt's men have three representatives in the team - Mike Ross (@MikeRoss03), Cian Healy (@ProperChurch) and Jamie Heaslip (@jamieheaslip).

Wales lead the way with five in the team while England have four, Scotland have two with just one player from France making it.

Ireland did lead the way in one category, with Robbie Henshaw registering the highest amount of retweets for his reply to a tweet from One Direction superstar Niall Horan.


Most-Retweeted Player Tweets so far

1. Ireland's Robbie Henshaw replies to a Tweet from One Direction's Niall Horan

2. England's Mike Brown shares the iconic image of mascot, Harry Westlake, belting the national anthem

3. Ireland's Jamie Heaslip accepts France's Pascal Papé's Twitter apology for the knee to the back that resulted in a 10 week ban

4. Wales captain Sam Warburton praises fan support on Twitter following their 23-16 win over Ireland

5. Italy's Sergio Parisse shares a team selfie from the dressing room following their 22-19 win over Scotland at Murrayfield


Most-Tweeted about moments

The ten moments that have generated the greatest spikes in conversation on Twitter are:

1. The full-time whistle blows as England beat Wales 21-16 in the tournament opener

2. Final whistle sounds as Ireland win 19-9 against England

3. Danny Cipriani (@dannycipriani87) scores & converts a try after 60 seconds of entering the field in England's 47-17 victory against Italy

4. Final Whistle - Ireland's Grand Slam hopes end at the hands of a 23-16 defeat to Wales

5. Full-time as Italy secure a narrow 22-19 victory over Scotland

6. Leigh Halfpenny (@leighhalfpenny1) scores a penalty off the post to extend Wales lead over Scotland to 19-13

7. Full time as Wales beat France 20-13 at the Stade de France

8. The final whilstIe sounds to confirm Ireland's 18-11 victory over France

9. Full-time in France's opening Six Nations match - a 15-8 win against Scotland

10. Jonathan Joseph (@Jonathanjoseph0) dances over the line, before George Ford (@george_fordy) converts the try to put England 7-0 up against Scotland


Most-Discussed Matches

The matches that generated the greatest volumes in Tweets were:

1. Wales 16-21 England - #WALvENG

2. Ireland 19-9 England - #IRLvENG

3. England 47-17 Italy - #ENGvITA

4. Wales 23-16 Ireland - #WALvIRL

5. Scotland 19-22 Italy - #SCOvITA

Here is the Twitter Six Nations Dream 15:

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