The Six Nations Championship may already be decided but there’s still plenty to play for in the final weekend.
England are aiming for a record-breaking win that would deliver a second straight Grand Slam while Ireland will be determined to finish an underwhelming few weeks on a positive note. For all sides, there’s valuable world ranking points at stake with the World Cup draw on the horizon.
For players representing Scotland, Wales or the two sides battling it out in the Aviva, it’s their final chance to impress Warren Gatland on an international stage. The Lions coach will name his squad for the trip south in just over a month’s time.
A number of players have already stood out during the Championship with the likes of Ireland’s CJ Stander firmly stating his case for a spot in the Tourists’ starting side.
The stats, meanwhile, also offer a fascinating insight into who has really performed in recent weeks. The guys over at rugby.net use an algorithm to determine a player’s form using a number of metrics and with that, we’ve compiled the “by the stats” Six Nations team of the tournament so far.
There’s plenty of changes to the form team prior to the penultimate weekend with Simon Zebo surprisingly making an appearance while both Paddy Jackson and Gary Ringrose lose their place. Despite a poor performance cut short by injury, Conor Murray just about manages to hang onto his spot.
Mike Brown retains his spot at full-back, joined now by teammate George Ford at ten.
The pack, meanwhile, are unchanged.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena
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