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Opinion: Six Nations Team Of The Championship 2017

After a feast of rugby over the last two months, focus now turns to club action as well as the impending Lions tour. However, before we consign Six Nations 2017 to memory, we select our team of the tournament.

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15. Stuart Hogg

Rob Kearney was solid and Halfpenny kicked well, but there was no real competitor to Scotland’s magician at the back. He is a sensational attacking threat and is another who could claim Player of the Tournament.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 18:  Stuart Hogg of Scotland poses with fans at full time during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

14. Liam Williams

Wing? Full back? As long as he is in the team he is a huge threat whenever he touches the ball, with his electric pace and wicked step proving difficult for the opposition to handle many a time.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10:  Liam Williams of Wales applauds the crowd after the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

13. Gary Ringrose

Ringrose has been described as the next Brian O’Driscoll, and whilst I think it is wrong and unfair to compare young players to legends, Ringrose was very impressive in Ireland’s midfield and is a promising young talent.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10:  Garry Ringrose of Ireland runs for a loose ball with Jonathan Davies of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

12. Owen Farrell

Bar a strange performance against Italy, Farrell was brilliant for England. He was reliable as ever with his kicking, and his improved attacking play really helped England nearly clinch a second Grand Slam in two years. His pass to Elliot Daly against Wales was absolutely magical.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 18:  Owen Farrell of England kicks a penalty during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

11. Elliot Daly

Many may be unsure of his best position, but Daly stepped up when England needed him with a great finish against Wales, and was a constant threat in all five matches.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26:  Elliot Daly of England scores his team's third try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

10. Finn Russell

Sexton ended the tournament brilliantly against England and was impressive against France, but Russell was at the heart of all Scotland did good, and in the absence of captain, Greig Laidlaw, was very reliable with the boot.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Finn Russell of Scotland runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

9. Rhys Webb

Webb won his battle with Conor Murray in Wales’ victory over Ireland, and was very impressive throughout the tournament. Wales’ problems normally started once Webb was off the field.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10:  Rhys Webb of Wales feeds a ball from the scrum during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

1. Joe Marler

A surprise performer for England, who were cautious over the loss of Mako Vunipola. However, on his return, Marler’s strong performances kept the Saracen out of the side.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Joe Marler of England walks off the pitch after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

2. Ken Owens

Owens was a consistent performer in a Wales side that struggled to make their mark in the championship.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10:  Ken Owens of Wales runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales v Ireland at the  Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

3. Tadhg Furlong

Furlong looks a strong bet for a Lions starting position. He was arguably Ireland’s most consistent performer alongside CJ Stander.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 18:  Tadhg Furlong of Ireland is tackled  by Billy Vunipola and Joe Marler of England during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

4. Joe Launchbury

Launchbury was Man of the Match for England on two occasions and was consistently brilliant for an England team missing George Kruis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11:  Joe Launchbury of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

5. Courtney Lawes

Lawes accepted his new role as a key ball carrier for England in both the Vunipolas’ absences, and he was exceptional all around the field. England have four brilliant second row options.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Courtney Lawes of England (C) is tackled by Zander Fagerson of Scotland (R) during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

6. CJ Stander

Stander has become one of the best and most effective players in Europe, and it would be no surprise to see him named player of the tournament.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 18:  CJ Stander of Ireland offloads during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

7. Hamish Watson

Watson was another who went under the radar for Scotland. He is smaller than the other back rowers but his ferocity and skill set makes him just as important for his team.

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 12:  Hamish Watson of Scotland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 12, 2017 in Paris, France.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

8. Louis Picamoles

France may have had an indifferent tournament at times, but one man who was never short of spark and quality was their gigantic number 8. He always puts his team on the front foot and is a huge asset to a rejuvenated French team.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 25:  Louis Picamoles of France is tackled by Conor Murray of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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