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It’s Monday, so here’s your Six Nations team of the week

Donnacha Ryan made it, but who are the 14 others to join him? Right this way.

IT WAS SOMETHING of an odd weekend.

You can normally rely on the French to put forward a few contenders for these awards, but they appeared to take the week off. That said, England were brilliant and thoroughly deserved their win – even if if does take all the shine off our point in Paris.

Ireland were brilliantly efficient while Wales sporadic and frustrating, but still only conceded a solitary score and will lift the championship next weekend.

Anyway, without further ado, on with the slideshow.

It’s Monday, so here’s your Six Nations team of the week
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  • 15. Rob Kearney.

    Who says he can't counter attack? Saturday was a relatively quiet one by Kearney's standards, largely because he was not soaring through the air after his own bombs. Countered brilliantly and almost provided a wonderful try for Keith Earls.Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • 14. Alex Cuthbert.

    Isn't it a bit soon to find the 'new' George North? With these two lads on either wing, the Welsh possess some wrecking balls which seem to rupture defences at will.Source: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • 13. Manu Tuilagi.

    The centre gives the England jigsaw an almost complete look, when once it was a jumbled mess of overturned pieces. The try in Paris was Tuilagi at his best in broken field at full flight. Unstoppable.Source: David Rogers/Getty Images
  • 12. Jamie Roberts.

    Not a vintage weekend for inside centres. Wesley Fofana scored another try but butchered two more. Brad Barritt is Brad Barritt and Gordon D'Arcy had another invisible day. Roberts was quiet, but epitomised the class oozing from the Welsh backs. Took his try very well to get the ball rolling.Source: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport
  • 11. Andrew Trimble.

    Justified his selection after a poor showing in Paris. Loves looking for work and his power was essential as he scored Ireland's second try at a crucial time.Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • 10. Jonathan Sexton.

    As captain, Rory Best, took all the credit for going for an early line-out. In truth, the hooker was merely backing up Sexton who had already shown a preference to kick from hand. The decision was thoroughly justified, Sexton is in the team of the week despite some iffy goal kicking. His ability to play of the cuff makes Ireland exciting to watch again.Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • 9. Eoin Reddan.

    Kept the ball moving fast and efficiently, all you can ask from a scrum half. He then topped that with a Houdini act when two Scottish defenders tried to tackle him high from behind. Brilliant awareness and improvisation.Source: ©INPHO/James Crombie
  • 8. Ben Morgan.

    Hailing Morgan as the Lions' 8 is a little premature, but the Welsh based bull will be one of English rugby's leading lights for some years to come. Moving to Bath is understandable giving the financial trouble in Wales, but the Premiership may diminish his explosive power from a standing start.Source: AP Photo/Christophe Ena
  • 7. Tom Croft.

    This back row is unbalanced and all beacuse of Croft's astounding pace to score what proved the winning try for this once-makeshift looking England side.Source: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • 6. Stephen Ferris.

    Put simply, Ferris is Ireland's new chief leader by example. The Ulster blind-side says he's in his best shape since the Lions tour, long may it continue.Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • 5. Donnacha Ryan.

    Took to the task of filling in for Paul O'Connell like we knew he would, like a duck to water. Up against the form second row of the competition, he never shirked and even added a little dynamism to the pack.Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • 4. Richie Gray.

    The big (big) second row is a shoe-in for a Lions test jersey, his pace for a man of 20 stone is a sight to behold - Rob Kearney did well to get out of his way.Source: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
  • 3. Adam Jones.

    The vital collision when playing Italy and, overall, Jones won his bout with Andrea Lo Cicero.Source: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport
  • 2. Rory Best.

    Captain fantastic, he led by example in the first Six Nations game in over a decade where Ireland have not had either O'Connell or O'Driscoll in harness. Criticism of the Irish line-out would have been on his mind in midweek and he gave his answers with interest, barrelling over the opening score from the set-piece.
  • 1. Alex Corbisiero.

    It takes some resolve to go to Paris and take them on at their core strength, yet that is what this young, closely knit group of English players have in spades.Source: David Rogers/Getty Images

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