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Six Nations Team Of The Tournament Through Two Rounds: Lions Audition?

Six Nations Team Of The Tournament Through Two Rounds: Lions Audition?

Standout players from the first two rounds of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations complete the FloRugby dream team ahead of their rest week.

Feb 14, 2024
Six Nations Team Of The Tournament Through Two Rounds: Lions Audition?

As we enter the first rest week of the 2024 Six Nations, it’s time to take stock of what’s happened so far and find out who has impressed more than the rest.

Ireland has been the dominant force and unsurprisingly has the most men on the Flo Rugby team of the tournament so far. 

Ireland's record win in Paris was a statement performance and puts the Irish on track for a second successive Grand Slam. 

Representatives from Scotland, France, England and Wales also made this list, but in truth, it belongs to the men in green. 

1. Pierre Schoeman (Scotland)

Coming up against Uini Atonio is a daunting task, and yet, Pierre Schoeman managed to largely nullify the French behemoth in Round 2. 

His scrummaging has been consistently good, and his carrying has been even better, with the prop picking up an uncommon try to kickstart Scotland's campaign against Wales.

2. Dan Sheehan (Ireland)

Dan Sheehan is the complete package. 

Following criticism of the Irish lineout in the World Cup, the Leinster hooker has tightened up the set-piece, while continuing to offer his trademark energy out wide, scoring three tries in the tournament so far. 

3. Finlay Bealham (Ireland)

Replacing Tadhg Furlong is almost impossible, and yet, Finlay Balham is coming very close to achieving that. 

The Connacht man was impactful off the bench in Paris but came into his own in Round 2, when he outplayed well-respected opposition scrummager Danilo Fischetti.

4. Maro Itoje (England)

The new high-pressure strategy implemented by England's defense coach, Felix Jones, has largely worked, and that's mainly down to the leadership shown by Maro Itoje. 

The secondrow’s physicality has been through the roof, as he’s put halfbacks under pressure and smacked opponents backward countless times. 

5. Joe McCarthy (Ireland)

Joe McCarthy’s breakout performance against France was a sight to behold. 

From the off, the Irishman brought the energy to the breakdown, supported runners, carried hard and matched the brute force of the French pack in the contact area. 

His follow-up display against Italy showed his Round 1 performance was no fluke, but instead, a sight of exciting things to come.

6. Francois Cros (France)

France has struggled to pick up momentum and still may be searching for a win, had it not been for Francois Cros. 

The French flanker made five more tackles than any of his teammates against Scotland and proved to be a constant nuisance at the breakdown.

7. Tommy Reffell (Wales)

In the first round, no player made more turnovers than Tommy Reffell. 

That clinical edge at the breakdown was one of the main instigators for Wales’ comeback against Scotland, and the flanker repeated similar feats against England, slowing down the transfer of possession at the ruck. 

Wales might be winless, but Reffell has been exceptional.

8. Ben Earl (England)

Ben Earl’s natural position is on the flank, but ever since Steve Borthwick moved him onto the wing, he’s looked composed and competent, making yards with almost every carry. 

His try against Wales was an exercise in resilience, as Earl thundered past three tacklers to score in the first half when England was down two men. 

9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Ireland)

Ireland’s dominance largely is down to the speed with which it can recycle the ball, and a huge facet of that is Jamison Gibson-Park. 

The scrum-half is a ball of energy around the ruck, kicks impeccably and even turned to try-scoring, grabbing one against France, before having one disallowed in Dublin. 

10. Jack Crowley (Ireland)

In the buildup to the competition, there was a lot of chatter about whether Jack Crowley had the minerals to replace Johnny Sexton. 

That question has been answered, as the Munster fly-half has shined, particularly in attack, bringing a level of creativity Sexton never could. 

He’s been average off the tee, but that’s forgivable, given how well he’s played so far. 

11. James Lowe (Ireland)

Few wingers can offer what James Lowe can. 

Not only is the Leinster flyer a physical presence in the contact zone, he has a cannon of a boot, which pressured France and completely drained the life out of Italy. 

His try against the latter was a showcase of pure power, as Lowe battled past four men to score. 

12. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

A quiet rock in the Irish midfield, Robbie Henshaw has plugged the hole left by Gary Ringrose with little fuss, carrying hard and offloading cleverly. 

He was unlucky not to get a try against Italy, though his versatility and ability to play both 12 and 13 is invaluable for Ireland.

13. Gael Fickou (France)

Bouncing back always was going to be imperative for France following a bitter loss in Round 1, and in the end, they managed to cling to a win over Scotland, largely thanks to Gael Fickou. 

The veteran center scored the first try of the match for France and could have nabbed another with a clinical run right through the heart of the Scottish defense. 

14. Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)

Duhan van der Merwe’s double in Cardiff perfectly epitomized what the winger can bring to a game. 

His first score came from a well-run support line, though it was his second that emphasized his abilities. 

After receiving the ball on halfway, he bulldozed into space and curved past Tomos Williams to score a stunner in the corner. 

15. Freddie Steward (England)

This slot easily could have been filled by Hugo Keenan - had he played the full 80 against Italy - but as it stands, Freddie Steward is the man in the backfield. 

He was solid against Italy but immense against Wales, suffocating them in the kicking battle, catching anything that was launched his way.