Six Nations: Players of the Championship so far

According to stats compiled by Accenture, these are the most influential players of the Six Nations so far:


And here’s why:

1. Mike Brown – top metres made (183) and top line breaks (4) + 8 defenders beaten and 4 offloads
2. Louis Picamoles – 137 metres made, 25 carries, 3 line breaks and 5 offloads
3. Michele Campagnaro – 126 metres made, 2 line breaks
4. Danny Care – 128 passes, 26 kicks in play
5. Billy Vunipola – 33 carries, 9 defenders beaten, 16 tackles
6. Wesley Fofana – 130 metres made, 3 line breaks
7. Johnny Sexton – 23 kicks in play and 15 kicks into touch
8. Jamie Heaslip – 22 tackles, 21 carries
9. Yannick Nyanga – 22 tackles and 8 defenders beaten
10. Rob Kearney – 154 metres made, 24 carries
11. Brice Dulin – top defenders beaten (10) and 2nd metres made (176)
12. Rhys Priestland – 31 kicks in play (and 13 into touch) , 66 passes

So there you have it – four Frenchmen, three Englishmen, three Irishmen, a Welshman and an Italian. Who is your player of the Championship so far?

Accenture, Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations, brings you deeper insight into the Championship. Follow @AccentureRugby for all the latest stats and analysis.

20 thoughts on “Six Nations: Players of the Championship so far

    1. OK read the criteria and see why but he does not deserve to be on a list talking about player of the tournament!

  1. not your best rugbyblog.
    can we not just see a full breakdown of each players stats, instead of some rugby equivalent of duckworth lewis?

  2. Hookers who throw 20 from 20 and locks who take 13 lineouts should feature in my opinion, even if this isn’t “highlight reel” material.

  3. Absolutely agree with commenters above. Not to take away from the ‘winners’ but Best, Nyanga, Healy, Hartley, Lawes have been the heartbeat of their side!

  4. Statistics are like bikinis, they show a lot but not the whole thing. Scott Johnson was at least right about this! They are part of the discussion, but………! Taking say kicks in field, the stats don’t show where infield they landed. Danny Care did well in this category but many of his were inaccurate and allowed the opposition to counter attack effectively, whereas Johnny Sexton was much more precise. Still it brings an added dimension to our continuing debates!

  5. Team of the tournament so far:

    Brown, Huget, Burrell, Fofana, Trimble, Sexton, Care, Vunipola, Nyanga, O’Mahony, Lawes, O’connell, Cole, Hartley, Healy

    1. Pretty much the exact team I’d have chosen, though might have had Campagnaro at 13 over Burell- the stand out performance from a 13 this tournament, even if he was a bit quiet last week! Burell has been good but not spectacular so far. 2 great tries though.

      Also 2017 lions back row of O’Mahony, Vunipola and Tipuric anyone?

  6. Really like the blog but painfully English bias. Danny care 128 passes – he is a scrum half and kick in play? Nothing as to whether they were effective. To name but one. Kearney’s metres surely more effective?

  7. Really like the blog but painfully English bias. Danny care 128 passes – he is a scrum half and kick in play? Nothing as to whether they were effective. To name but one. Kearney’s metres surely more effective?

    1. Michael – I’m English, and if you look above, I have criticised Care for wayward kicking, so your accusation of wholesale bias is a little wide of the mark in this case. However I’m not saying that I don’t have a slight English optimism just as I am sure that you also have a slight national bias – Irish I’m guessing, and as to that one eyed Welshman Brighty………..! ;-)

    2. Bit harsh on TRB, it’s not their data or analysis, just reporting what has come out of their model. The model producing some odd results doesn’t mean there is a national bias, just that there may be something wrong with the model.

  8. It is a little odd that two of the essential parts of the game don’t appear to be judged in this. The scrum and lineout. These aspects are critical for set-plays, and the people in the front and second rows are where these moves start. To not have any tight five in the mix is ridiculous considering the likes of O’Connell, Lawes, Hartley, Domingo, Healy, Castrogiavinni etc.
    Maybe hookers could get a score for each ball hooked and each line out thrown (correctly)? Props for penalties won at scrum time? Locks for line-outs won, and extra points for winning an opponents?

  9. Could we have a list of biggest wastes of time involving piles of useless stats?

    Danny Care may have made 126 passes but how many were after taking two steps?
    26 kicks in play? How many were too long or too low to be chased?

    Don’t get me wrong, Care has played well but the stats are meaningless.

    Campagnaro happened to intercept a pass and run a long way to score. How does that make him influential? Where was he against France?

    I’m sick of saying this but – THIS IS NOT AMERICAN FOOTBALL.

    In football the stats mean something. A team that puts up 550yds of offense is likely to win. A completed pass brings you measured forward progress. A 5yd average for your running back indicates the power of your running game and makes your passing game easier.

    In rugby it’s pointless. The stats don’t reflect the game. an effective box kick that’s recovered by the chaser is a “kick in play” as is a meaningless punt down the field. Running laterally and shuffling a poor pass to a static team mate is marked the same as an incisive flat ball to put a man through a gap.

    In the Autumn Internationals Scotland had 58% of possession and 59% of the territory against Australia and they made 412 metres to 366 for the Aussies but lost 21-15 and by two tries to nil.

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