Sam Warburton – who has only played twice so far;
Dan Lydiate – fair enough;
Alex Cuthbert – good against Scotland and Italy, distinctly average otherwise;
Mike Phillips – not even the best in Wales;
Julien Malzieu – recently dropped by France;
Yoann Maestri – decent find by France, but really?
Imanol Harinordoquy – OK, fair enough, excellent as usual;
David Denton – great, but has managed to finish on the losing side in every match so far;
Ross Rennie – ditto;
Sergio Parisse – ditto;
Jonny Sexton – still not trusted by Declan Kidney to close a game out; and
Donnacha Ryan – very good indeed but has started only once this tournament.
Not one English player features. Cue the conspiracy theories.
I guess we’ll have to hope that one of the two Englishmen nominated, Alex Cuthbert and Dan Lydiate, get the nod :)