2019 Six Nations team of the tournament

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2019 Six Nations team of the tournament
Wales , United Kingdom - 16 March 2019; Alun Wyn Jones of Wales during the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the tournament over and Wales claiming the Grand Slam the talk has begun on who the best players were. Alun Wyn Jones took the title of Player of the Tournament, but Robert Rees gives us his 2019 Six Nations team of the tournament.

Rob Evans

The Scarlets loosehead was part of the Welsh scrum that did so well throughout the campaign and fought off strong competition from Cian Healy for the spot on this list. Superb around the park and over the ball his work rate and strong carrying ability earns him the starting jersey.

Stuart McInally

His 60m try against England in the final game proves his versatility as a front row forward. Comfortable with ball in hand, he’s a rock of the set piece with a powerful presence and darting arrows.

He’s good over the ball and gained Scotland valuable time in defence.

Tomas Francis

A powerful tighthead scrummager, he gained no end of penalties for Wales. Applying pressure on opposition props he’s also added an around the park aspect to his game plan. Carrying well in loose and awesome in defence he makes it an all Welsh representation at prop.

George Kruis

Back to his powerful best the Saracens lock was destructive around the breakdown and a solid target for England’s set piece. A hefty carrier and top contributor to the defence, he solidifies any side he’s part of and gains the first second row spot in the team.

Alun Wyn Jones (C)

Kruis is joined by the Player of the Tournament and Welsh captain. A true leader, he’s a real inspiration to his players. He doesn’t just offer intangible rewards to Wales though with a strong lineout presence, an ability to disrupt opposition ball and a work rate unmatched by most.

A true legend of the game, you can see why he gains a spot in the team as lock and captain.

Josh Navidi

A real powerful carrier who gives no inches and takes plenty. Getting Wales across the gain line on many occasions he allows for quick, front foot ball for the scrum half behind him. He doesn’t miss many tackles and adds bulk to the pack.

He’s also a good distributor of the ball adding some versatility to his game plan and was the first receiver on the Wales attack.

Tom Curry

England’s player of the tournament. Superb at gaining turnovers, dangerous in the loose and powerful in defence. The Sale openside caused mayhem for opposition back rows and pushed England into front foot ball.

His ability to carry over the gain line or clear out and be the first man at rucks massively helped Ben Youngs throughout.

Ross Moriarty

The Wales and Dragons number eight completes the pack. With a destructive carrying ability and immovable defensive stance, Moriarty followed in his father’s footsteps as a successful international player.

His tenacity at the breakdown forcing the opposition to commit more men allows Wales to outnumber their opponents in the wide channels.

Antoine Dupont

He didn’t play in round one against Wales, but has impressed since. A quick and direct scrum half that really got the French attack going. He gets quick ball despite a pack that hasn’t had it all their own way.

The Toulouse nine is certainly one to watch aged just 22.

Gareth Anscombe

Outside half was the most open position for selection with no real stand out player performing extremely well in every game. Despite sharing a role in the opening games with Dan Biggar, the Cardiff Blues man shone against Ireland as he claimed man of the match.

A strong territorial kicking game and superb distribution allowed Wales to get some flowing attacks going throughout.

Josh Adams

Having just announced he’ll be on his way to Cardiff for next season the Worcester winger excelled in both attack and defence on his way to the Grand Slam. Sublime under the high ball Adams’ ability to break the gain line has helped Wales attack from deep.

He provides a potent threat out wide and is always lurking for a try.

Hadleigh Parkes

The Scarlets centre took man of the match against Scotland and his go-forward ability and powerful carrying over the gain line allowed Wales to go on the attack. Superb with ball in hand, but equally as solid when having to defend.

Ensuring the midfield was well marshaled he saw Wales home to a great defensive run that saw them concede fewer points game by game.

Henry Slade

It takes something special to knock Jonathan Davies out of a 13 shirt, but that’s just what Slade has done. Playing the best rugby he’s played for some time the Exeter centre powered through the midfield channels to get England across the gain line.

Mixed with some deadly finishing and great hands he takes the outside centre jersey.

Jonny May

The Leicester winger bagged himself six tries, including a first half hat-trick against France at Twickenham. Bags of pace and an ability to finish from just about anywhere he worries any defence when he gets the ball in hand.

He gave England plenty of gained metres and exploited the space behind team superbly.

Liam Williams

Williams finishes the 2019 Six Nations team of the tournament in the full back jersey. An immense talent under the high ball and deadly attacker when given the ball deep inside his own half he offered Wales that raw attacking style Gatland has come to enjoy more recently.

He kicked well and distributed superbly when needing to and offered plenty in defence when asked.

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