Scrum Recap: Six Nations Team of the Tournament 2020

After this weekends final wave of fixtures brought another Six Nations to an end, it's now time for us to reflect on what has been an entertaining, although slightly frustrating, tournament. Nine months on from where this all began, it's been interesting viewing, watching how each team would react to their countries guidelines and restrictions.


Nonetheless, there have been some standout, stellar performances by newcomers, old-heads and players in their peak so join us as we list off our Six Nations Team of the Tournament 2020!



15. Anthony Bouthier (France)


It's been a great year to be a Rugby-loving Frenchman; this new-look side looks far better structured, more pragmatic and focused than years gone by, defeating the purpose for the old adages that bogged them down in the past. It's been an even better year for breakthrough full back Anthony Bouthier who has been a pillar of precision at the back of the French side. At 28 years old, he is just reaching his peak performance and that showed in his huge defensive contributions, impressive kicking game and consistency under the high ball. Although not as decisive in attack as others on this list, his attacking flair did prove quite handy in key set-pieces that swung games in France's favour.



14. Josh Adams (Wales)


It's not been a great Six Nations for Wales but there has been a lot of unjust criticism leveraged at the team when the circumstances of coming off of the lengthiest managerial era in the tournament was always going to effect them drastically. Adams however, as usual, has been a shining light for the men in red. A tenacious work ethic, a knack for finishing difficult opportunities and blistering speed in the open, Adams scored three tries in a dysfunctional attacking side.


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13. Virimi Vakatawa (France)


Every time the 28 year old had the ball in his hands, you felt like something would happen. As usual, the French favourite showcased his agility, physical edge and flair with offloads and handoffs a-plenty. One of the easiest picks on this list.



12. Bundee Aki (Ireland)


Another pretty easy decision for this list, Aki has had yet another stellar Six Nations tournament. Safe, consistent and level-headed, we often forget about his world-class defensive ability and decisive ball-carrying ability. Didn't put a foot wrong for this Irish team and Farrell must feel lucky to have him!


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11. Jonny May (England)


With many breakthrough stars scoring for fun in the Premiership this season, May has definitely had his game scrutinised by fans and pundits alike. Even with that added pressure, we have to start talking about May as one of Englands all-time best finishers. Whilst England were on the backfoot in the loss against France, May really pulled the team back together, scoring two tries in the process and flattering the eventual tournament winners in their first fixture.


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10. Romain Ntamack (France) *Player of the Tournament*


Our Player of the Tournament has to be the young Fly Half from Toulouse. Perhaps the best Fly Half we've seen don the blue jersey in over a decade, nothing seemed to faze or even make life uncomfortable for him. Savvy in Defence, elusive in attack, precise place kicking and clever kicking out of hand, he drove the French machine forward; the worrying thing from a supporters point of view, is that France looked glaringly worse with him off of the pitch. A future Player of the Year nominee no doubt.


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9. Antoine Dupont (France)


Another Frenchman who came close to our Player of the Tournament award was the young Scrum Half who was comfortably better than his opposite number in every game. A real leader behind the pack with great feet, a strong box kick and electrifying acceleration, Dupont kept defences guessing until the final whistle. World-class in his position and another future Player of the Year nominee.


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1. Rory Sutherland (Scotland)


It's been a rogue tournament for the Scots this year with real improvements across the board. The biggest improvement has to be in the solid set-piece they've now introduced into their game. Sutherland has laid the foundations for this progression in the Scottish game, being a consistent performer in the scrums and a handful around the fringes. His work rate alone could make him a standout favourite for British and Irish Lions inclusion; reminds me a lot of when Corbisiero was at his peak.



2. Jamie George (England)


A real stalwart at the base of a hugely dominant pack this Six Nations, George yet again showed his all-round Rugby class with consistent performances in every fixture. With Cowan-Dickie pushing for a starting spot, it's ge