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No English or Welsh players in unofficial Six Nations XV

Finn Russell and Jack Dempsey celebrate during a Guinness Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at BT Murrayfield, on February 11, 2023, in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The PA news agency have compiled their Guinness Six Nations team of the tournament. It includes sevens Irish Grand Slammers, as well as four Frenchmen, three Scots and an Italian.


Full-back: Hugo Keenan (Ireland): Edges his rivals in a highly competitive position. Excels in defence and attack.

Right wing: Damian Penaud (France): Finished as the highest try-scorer with five and oozes class with the ball in hand.

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Outside centre: Huw Jones (Scotland): Most dangerous centre in the tournament, possessing the athleticism to capitalise on his sharp lines.

Inside centre: Gael Fickou (France): Played at 13 but equally comfortable at 12. So influential on both sides of the ball.

Left wing: Mack Hansen (Ireland): Named man of the match twice. Not the biggest but his rugby instincts are so sharp.

Fly-half: Finn Russell (Scotland): Missed the last game through injury but had already demonstrated his genius.


Scrum-half: Antoine Dupont (France): The world’s best player finished the tournament with a bang and at times was unplayable against England.

Loosehead prop: Pierre Schoeman (Scotland): A relentless carrier for Scotland and the cornerstone of their pack.

Hooker: Dan Sheehan (Ireland): Dynamic hooker whose two ties against England sealed his world class status.

Tighthead prop: Finlay Bealham (Ireland): Deputised for Tadhg Furlong and covered himself in glory.


Second row: James Ryan (Ireland): The complete lock forward just keeps getting better – and he is still only 26.

Second row: Thibaud Flament (France): Les Bleus hardly missed the brilliant Cameron Woki thanks to Flament’s blockbuster form.

Blindside flanker: Sebastian Negri (Italy): In a position that demands high work rate, no one grafts harder than Negri.

Openside flanker: Josh Van der Flier (Ireland): Even with a target on his back the world player of the year excelled.

Number eight: Caelan Doris (Ireland): Gregory Alldritt finished strongly but Doris had already taken the Six Nations by storm.


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