Six Nations 2013 Team of the Tournament: Readers v Writers

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After totting up the results of yesterday’s poll to select your team of the tournament, here is the readers’ XV of the 2013 Six Nations championship, with their percentage of picks:

1. Gethin Jenkins (29%) 2. Richard Hibbard (45%) 3. Adam Jones (76%) 4. Geoff Parling (39%) 5. Alun-Wyn Jones (38%) 6. Chris Robshaw (49%) 7. Justin Tipuric (51%) 8. Louis Picamoles (39%) 9. Mike Phillips (34%) 10. Owen Farrell (59%) 11. George North (48%) 12. Wesley Fofana (68%) 13. Manu Tuilagi (30%) 14. Alex Cuthbert (66%) 15. Leigh Halfpenny (73%)

Jones and Halfpenny were the standout picks, while Cuthbert and Fofana were also very popular. Parisse (36%) pushed Picamoles very close, while the votes for loose-head were very spread around. Here at the blog we’ve each picked our own team for comparison purposes – here they are:

Jamie:
1. Thomas Domingo 2. Richard Hibbard 3. Adam Jones 4. Geoff Parling 5. Ian Evans 6. Alessandro Zanni 7. Chris Robshaw 8. Louis Picamoles 9. Greig Laidlaw 10. Dan Biggar 11. George North 12. Wesley Fofana 13. Manu Tuilagi 14. Alex Cuthbert 15. Leigh Halfpenny

Hutch:
1. Gethin Jenkins 2. Richard Hibbard 3. Adam Jones 4. Joe Launchbury 5. Ian Evans 6. Chris Robshaw 7. Justin Tipuric 8. Sergio Parisse 9. Mike Phillips 10. Dan Biggar 11. George North 12. Wesley Fofana 13. Brian O’Driscoll 14. Alex Cuthbert 15. Leigh Halfpenny

Charlie:
1. Ryan Grant 2. Richard Hibbard 3. Adam Jones 4. Ian Evans 5. Andrew Coombs 6. Alessandro Zanni 7. Chris Robshaw 8. Sergio Parisse 9. Greig Laidlaw 10. Owen Farrell 11. Yoann Huget 12. Wesley Fofana 13. Manu Tuilagi 14. Alex Cuthbert 15. Leigh Halfpenny

Dave:
1. Gethin Jenkins 2. Richard Hibbard 3. Adam Jones 4. Geoff Parling 5. Jim Hamilton 6. Sean O’Brien 7. Chris Robshaw 8. Sergio Parisse 9. Mike Phillips 10. Owen Farrell 11. Mike Brown 12. Wesley Fofana 13. Brad Barritt 14. Alex Cuthbert 15. Leigh Halfpenny

What do you reckon? Whose team do you like the look of best?

20 thoughts on “Six Nations 2013 Team of the Tournament: Readers v Writers

    1. We actually haven’t seen Hutch around the office for a while. After picking ten Welshman in his team we reckon he might have emigrated to Wales.

  1. You should keep this and see how close it is to the Lions side for the first test (8 and 12 aside).

  2. Wow, 1 Irishman out of the total 150 picks in the above selections. That is massively worrying for them!

    1. no it isnt. we had bags of injuries and hence players that might have been in the reckoning omitted – zebo best ferris and several others could have been in contention. while france were just as crap ar least they had some key players available for all or most games. if we can get a new coach in, and rally the team, i see no reason ehy we cant bounce back ina a big way next year. ulster and munster are still in the HC. still plenty of exciting young players to come. the transistion id underway

  3. I’m surprised so few have gone for Domingo at loosehead, think he’s worthy of a spot in a world 15 at the moment. Jenkins started poorly, Healey finished poorly, Grant was consistent but not excellent, Domingo was the only stand out performer in my opinion. Other than that I’m pretty consistent with the popular vote.

  4. Some good teams there – I’d like to hear Dave’s rationale for Brown at 11. Of all the available 11s I can’t see what Brown brings to the wing over all of the others.

    I like Hutch’s team the best … but then I would. Seriously though Robshaw at 6, tackling everything that moves while Tipuric comes over the top for the ball .. exciting prospect.

    1. I agree with you Brighty. Robshaw’s core game is very solid, never has a bad outing, and he seems to be on excelling on the steep learning curve of international rugby. Think he and Tipuric would compliment each other fantastically.

      As for Brown, I cant help thinking that he would have done a lot better outside of a more linebreaking centre partnership. His work rate puts Ashton to shame (but that wasnt too difficult this championship). What do you reckon?

    2. I don’t think any of the wings bar Cuthbert really stood out in these championships. North was heading in the right direction, and the Scottish pair had their moments.

      But for me Brown was the most consistent of the rest, he’s not a profilic try scorer by any means but he’s not let anyone down either.

    3. I don’t think any of the wings bar Cuthbert really stood out in these championships. North was heading in the right direction, and the Scottish pair had their moments.

      But for me Brown was the most consistent of the rest, he’s not a prolific try scorer by any means but he’s not let anyone down either.

  5. Im sorry but I cannot see the appeal of Farrell, I am not saying he has not got potential, good kicker, cool head but so limited in attack, with a potential phenominal back line outside him, and the front foot game he is going to have to play in Australia, he could be found extremely vunerable….I am Welsh, and am obviously delighted, but this is not a biased anti english opinion…I have to say the number 10 is a worry…Biggar did well, but is still developing, Sexton if fit…maybe .Wish Wales had played Hook a bit more as I would still take him as a utility back. One game does not suddenly make you a good or bad player, but Farrell if I recall was on the verge of being dropped for Flood last year and has a long way to go……

    1. Completely agree Howard. Farrell is very good for club and country, but he is only young, and has shown chinks in his armor. Fly half will be the make or break position for the Lions. Personally I would like to see Sexton starting. However, as his replacement, I would honestly consider giving Wilkinson a last hurrah.

      His game for Toulon at the moment is very good, and he is probably alongside Sexton in being one of the best fly halfs in the Heineken Cup right now. Between Wilkinson and Farrell, they offer the same qualities, good goal kicking and solid tackling, but Wilkinson edges it on game management and experience.

  6. Hutch, another vote for your team. Slot someone into 8 and Barritt into 12 and you’ve got a strong Lions team…
    Ok, joking about Barritt but Roberts in there and it looks a good team.
    Not sure Biggar should be in there on his own personal performances (not that they’ve been bad) but as Geech pointed out in the week, combinations are what matter and with most of his Welsh boys outside him he makes the team.
    One question mark has to be over Gethin though, played well but just isn’t playing at Toulon due to Sheridan, hopefully he want regress…

  7. Have to go with the readers as any team that does not have AWJ in is flawed, and teams with Laidlaw and bod in, are also so flawed.

  8. Good choices all, although very surprised that the only two French players to achieve high class consistency all championship (Domingo and Picamoles) were ignored!

    Domingo, Hibbard, Jones, Parling, Launchbury, Zanni, Robshaw (capt), Picamoles, Phillips, Farelll, North, Fofana, Tuilagi, Cuthbert, Halfpenny

  9. 1. Cian Healy
    2. Richard Hibbard
    3. Adam Jones
    4. Geoff Parling
    5. Jim Hamilton
    6. Alessandro Zanni
    7. Chris Robshaw
    8. Louis Picamoles
    9. Conor Murray
    10. Owen Farrell
    11. George North
    12. Wesley Fofana
    13. Manu Tuilagi
    14. Alex Cuthbert
    15. Leigh Halfpenny

    Other notable mentions:

    Prop: Ryan Grant, Dan Cole, Thomas Domingo, Gethin Jenkins

    Hooker: Tom Youngs, Rory Best

    Lock: Joe Launchbury, Ian Evans, Alun Wyn Jones, Donnacha Ryan

    Flanker: Justin Tipuric, Sam Warburton, Kelly Brown, Peter O’Mahony

    No.8: Johnnie Beattie, Sergio Parrisse, Toby Faletau

    Scrum Half: Mike Phillips, Greig Laidlaw, ben Youngs

    Fly half: Dan Biggar

    Centre: Jamie Roberts, Luke Marshall, Matt Scott, Mathieu Basteraud

    Wing: Mike Brown, Sean Maitland, Tim Visser

    Full back: Stuart Hogg, Yohann Huget, Alex Goode

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