British & Irish Lions team of the week

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England’s 14 men outfought Argentina, Wales overpowered the Boks, Scotland beat Georgia, and Ireland’s win over Australia completed a series of wins over all southern hemisphere teams in 2016.

But who gets the vote for selection for the British & Irish Lions team of the week?


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15 Stuart Hogg

Against Georgia, he chipped through for Tommy Seymour to score immediately after they fell behind. He then gathered his own chip forward, with the help of a kind bounce to run in and score before half-time. He was then on hand to finish the move of the game as Ali Price broke from inside his own 22, offloaded to Rory Hughes on halfway before passing inside to Hogg to touch down.

14 Jonny May

Given a chance by Eddie Jones, May has grabbed it without both hands. He was explosive in defence and attack May was sublime. He made a brilliant covering tackle to deny Juan Pablo Estelles a certain try at 14-0. He was a threat on the touchline had a few cross kicks been a little lower but finished well in the left corner.

13 Jonathan Joseph

Elliot Daly’s red card made for an interesting day for Joseph who had to combine his role at centre with covering on the left wing. it limited how effective Joseph could be when England turned the ball over in attack but his quick hands helped put May in for his try.

12 Garry Ringrose

It is becoming evident that 21 year-old Ringrose is proving more difficult to dislodge from the Irish team. His substitute appearance against the All Blacks in Dublin showed Joe Schmidt enough to select him against the Wallabies. He didn’t disappoint. He scored a try and put in some big hits on Tevita Kuridrani, Henry Speight and a try-saving tackle on Israel Folau.

11 Keith Earls

It was a huge game from Earls against the Wallabies, making just one tackle fewer than Josh van der Flier in defence and made two clean breaks in attack. It helped that he scored the match-winning try as Ireland fought their way back to win. After not being involved in either game against the All Blacks, it was an impressive performance.

10 Dan Biggar

Biggar was instrumental in Wales’ win over the Boks, and his break, kick and regather led to Fef de Klerk being yellow carded for a deliberate knock on. If Wales become a force in next year’s Six Nations, Biggar will be the one to get the back-line flowing.

9 Conor Murray

Murray has stamped his claim to be one of the top scrum-halves during this November series and was once more on song as he helped Ireland to victory. He once again showed he’s much more than a box kicker, and his quick ball to the back-line was always a threat.


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1 Gethin Jenkins

Given the captaincy in the absence of Sam Warburton, he led from the front and put in six tackles as part of a good defensive effort. A Lions tour would cap off a superb career for the 36-year-old.

2 Ross Ford

After Ryan Wilson, Ford was the biggest forward carrier for Scotland and matched Stuart Hogg by beating five defenders and was part of a pretty solid pack at set piece.

3 Tadhg Furlong

He may be embarrassed by talk of a spot on the Lions tour, but should he continue next year as he finished this year, it will be difficult to overlook the Leinster front-row. He carried well in attack against the Wallabies, has a burst of speed and is ruthless in defence. He’s only started four games to date, all against southern hemisphere opposition, in New Zealand (twice), Australia and South Africa.

4 Iain Henderson

Henderson had to battle back from injury to get ready for Ireland’s clash with Australia and put in an incredible performance, including a first-half try. His ball carrying ability, strength at the breakdown and the option he provides at the lineout was crucial.

5 George Kruis

After Joe Launchbury was ruled out through suspension, Kruis did well on his return from injury to the England setup, a reliable go-to man at the lineout and put in 12 tackles in defence.

6 Chris Robshaw

Robshaw had to put in an immense shift with England down to 14 men. His work-rate secured him the man-of-the-match performance. His ball carrying and fierce tackling was crucial as Argentina threatened to fightback.

7 Josh Van der Flier

After being drafted in at the last minute when Sean O’Brien was ruled out, he put in a man-of-the-match performance to prove his ability once again. He led the Irish in tackles in defence, beat two Australian defenders in attack and was everywhere.

8 Justin Tipuric

Somewhat shoe-horned into our team, Tipuric put in a man of the match performance which put him back in contention for a Lions spot. He was everywhere. He blocked a clearance from Elton Jantjies, carried superbly and rounded off his display with a great try, stepping inside Johan Goosen to score, after bursting onto a Faletau pass.

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