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France’s Gabrielle Vernier named player of the Women’s Six Nations

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 08: Gabrielle Vernier of France gets the ball past Nadine Roos of South Africa during the Pool C Rugby World Cup 2021 New Zealand match between South Africa and France at Eden Park on October 08, 2022, in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Greg Bowker/Getty Images)

France centre Gabrielle Vernier has been named TikTik Women’s Six Nations player of the Championship.

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Vernier beat fellow nominees Marlie Packer and Holly Atchinson of England and Wales’ Sisilia Tuipulotu in the vote by fans.

The 25-year-old scored five tries and was a key component of the France side that lost only to the Red Roses in the Grand Slam decider at Twickenham.

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“To win player of the championship is a huge honour, but it also belongs to all of my teammates as our campaign this year was a collective effort,” Vernier said.

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Jon 2 hours ago
British & Irish Lions free agent open to Super Rugby switch

There are a couple of teams who could use a stop gap experienced head. Blues - I’m not sure the Blues have signed a replacement for Caleb Tangitau (if he hasn’t been let go to make room for Barrett) yet, or whether Reiko is going on sabbatical and/or will remain in the squad. With exciting young French player Xavi Taele looking destined for higher honors in black, talented breakthrough rookie Cory Evan’s, and a couple of utilities, in AJ Lam and Bryce Heem(even Clarke?), all trying to learn the midfield trade, Williams could be a great aid. The Blues signed key English center Joe Marchant before he was raised to that level, and were possibly in the hunt to bring back the dependable Tele’a from the Highlanders. Possible the main squeeze which would put to bed any signing here would be the battle at 10 with Beauden’s return, and the forcing of Plummer back into the midfield. Hurricanes - Jordie Barrett is off to Leinster for a sabbatical next year but the more likely signing would be Billy’s brother back in the team. The Hurricanes are light on the outside with the loss of Salesi Rayasi to the Top 14 and if no quality is found to back up Kini Naholo, the midfield of Sullivan or Proctors could find themselves on the wing and space for a leader to show the Hurricanes three All Black midfield hopefuls (Higgins, Proctor, Umaga-Jensen) how its done. Highlanders - Rotation is high as usual at the Highlanders and versatility remains a strength with a lot of the squad. With compatriot Rhys Patchell signing a move to the JRLO, the passing of outside back Connor Garden-Bachop, and confirmed departure of Argentine wing Martin Bogado, the versatility of many of the young backups in the squad could see a veteran 12 like Williams being a strong partner for the robust Tele’a. With hope that the other Umaga-Jensen brother can force him out of the starting lineup, and shifting the sides general Sam Gilbert back into 10, the off-contract midfielder might seen as the perfect option for a squad still looking to fill one back spot.

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