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6 Nations: Team of the tournament

We choose our team of the tournament folllowing the conclusion of the women's 6 Nations. 

There is no Scottish player in this team because the players we considered (mainly Jade Konkel; Chloe Rollie, Hannah Smith and Lisa Thomson) were simply up against brilliant talents in each of their positions, so it is a shame that not all six nations are represented here but such is the quality of the competition. 

Fullback: 15 Jessy Tremouliere (France)
This is one of the most competitive positions in the tournament with Ellie Kildunne and Chloe Rollie also in the frame alongside the excellent Manuela Furlan,  but Tremouliere has been outstanding throughout in both attack, defence and with her goalkicking. She is also our player of the tournament. 

Wings: 14 Caroline Boujard (France) & 11 Danielle Waterman (England) 
Boujard, the French winger enjoyed an outstanding opening two rounds and was consistent thereafter, with her defensive game coming to the fore alongside her finishing skills. Waterman has been brilliant in her move to the wing, with her footwork, defence and finishing as outstanding as ever. Jess Kavanagh-Williams is also worth a mention here - a newcomer with a lot to offer. 

Centres: 12 Jade le Pesq (France)  & 13 Ellie Kildunne (England)
There were numerous other names considered here including Ireland's Sene Naoupa, England's Rachael Burford and Scotland's Lisa Thomson, but Le Pesq had the edge and is good enough that she can play several other positions too. She was the glue in the French attack.  Ellie Kildunne is a player who could feasibly be around the next 15 years,  and whether she played at outside centre or fullback, she was a standout. At just 18 years old, she has phenomenal talent. 

Half-backs: 9 Pauline Bourdon (France) & 10 Katy Daley-McLean (England)
We went with Bourdon here despite playing some of her rugby at fly-half because she set the tempo for France and wowed on occasion in attack. Her vision and pace meant kept the French attacking game flowing - she is just a joy to watch going forward. Leanne Riley has also really stepped up for England in the number 9 shirt, while Sara Barratin is always one of Italy's best.  Daley-Mclean was easily the standout 10 of the competition although Caroline Drouin really came into her own in later rounds. 

Props: 1 Caryl Thomas (Wales) & 3 Sarah Bern (England)
It is particularly difficult to leave out Julie Duval here but Bern remains one of the most outstanding talents in the world game and was excellent in every facet for England. Thomas has been a cornerstone of the Welsh pack and in the final game against France was pivotal in an excellent pack performance, despite the result.  Lindsay Peat and Leah Lyons also did well for Ireland in the front row this seas

Hooker: Agatha Sochat (France)
No hooker made such an impact that there was a clear cut choice here. Amy Cokayne has gone well for England when she has played, and Cliodhna Moloney is a fine talent for Ireland but the fact she doesn't throw into the lineout made her hard to pick. In the end, Sochat is rewarded for the all round part she has played in an excellent French front row. 

Locks: 4 Safi N'Diaye (France) and 5 Poppy Cleall (England)
Plenty of choices here with Scotland's Deb McCormack, Wales' Siwan Lillicrap and England's Abbie Scott all impressing, but Safi N'Diaye's switch to the second row has worked brilliantly for France so she must be included. It is a bit of a cheat to choose Poppy Cleall at lock when she only featured for one game there, but such are the talents in the back row that we've moved her up here because her performances meant she had to be in the team. 

Backrow: 6 Giada Franco (Italy) 7 Claire Molloy (Ireland) and 8 Gaelle Hermet (France)
When brilliant players like Sioned Harries, Alisha Butchers, Jade Konkel, Paula Fitzpatrick and Sarah Hunter are not included here, it tells you a lot about the standard of the choices in the backrow this season.  Franco has been a revelation for Italy and was far too good to leave out - truly Italy may well build their pack around her in the coming years - while Claire Molloy was carrying the Irish team on her own at times with some incredible performances in recent weeks. Gaelle Hermet gets the number 8 shirt, not just for her own brilliant performances,  but for the fact that she is a true leader - captaining France to the title at just 21 years old is something very special indeeed.