Tuesday, 24 March 2015
Six Nations 2015 - CHAMPS & CHUMPS
So that's another Six Nations done and dusted. Time then to reveal my entirely subjective Champs & Chumps of the tournament, those that impressed, excited, disappointed or frustrated over the last few weeks. Some are obvious, others less so…
15. Liam Williams – Wales a much better team with this guy at fullback.
14. Tommy Bowe - hardly put a foot wrong all tournament.
13. Jonathan Joseph – heir apparent to Jezza Guscott, finally an English centre with an outside break.
12. Maxime Mermoz – where the hell have France been hiding him? Brilliant against England.
11 Jack Nowell – terrible barnet, but the boy can play.
10. George Ford – look, we all know Sexton was excellent, but Ford completely transformed the English attack.
9. Connor Murray – my MoM against England and ran the show for Ireland throughout.
1. Jack McGrath – emerging young giant means there’s now some serious depth in the Ireland front row.
2. Guilhem Guirado – fast, mobile, great hands, probably a better centre than Bastareaud.
3. Mike Ross – unspectacularly solid, like granite, only less expressive.
4. Luke Charteris – gives hope to tall skinny kids everywhere.
5. Courtney Lawes – huge impact in every sense.
6. Peter O’Mahony – perpetual motion, tough as old boots.
7. Sean O'Brien – back to his best, which was very good indeed.
8. Billy Vunipola – huge appetite for work, played every minute of every game.
15. Alex Goode – still waiting for the penny to drop with the England management.
14. Alex Cuthbert – gave donkeys a bad name.
13. Mathieu Bastareaud - the antithesis of French joie de vivre.
12. Luther Burrell – put the O in ordinary. World Cup place now under threat.
11. Tim Visser - about as mediocre as it gets.
10. Kelly Haimona – a 17 stone plus fly half. No...just...no.
9. Rory Kockott - Le Petit General? More like Petit Filous.
1. Gethin Jenkins – now looks completely confused.com after every scrum.
2. Ross Ford – so anonymous I've forgotten what he looks like.
3. Martin Castrogiavanni – bitten…on the nose…by a dog.
4. Pascale Pape - put the thug into thuggery.
5. Big Jim Hamilton – who starts a fight with the clock ticking down and your team still needing points?
6. James Haskell - only the Hask could be tackled by a post.
7. Mauro Bergamasco - once a warrior, now about as effective as a one legged man at an arse-kicking competition.
8. Damien Chouly – doubt he'll be joining the likes of Harinordiquy and Picamoles in the French number 8s Hall of Fame.