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British & Irish Lions Team of the Week

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England finish 2016 unbeaten after a superb victory over Australia, while Ireland, Wales and Scotland’s players returned to Pro 12 action with all four Irish Provinces picking up wins.

But who gets the nod for selection in the British & Irish team based on this weekend’s form?

BACKS

15 Tom Homer

The Bath full back steered his side to a 14-11 win over Saracens with nine points from the tee coupled with a solid defensive display.

14 David Strettle

The winger might have drifted off the international radar since his move to Clermont, but he continues to prove what an exceptional finisher he is. The former Saracens man scored a hat-trick against Pau in the Top 14 at the weekend.

13 Jonathan Joseph

His best performance of the autumn, Joseph was instrumental to England’s fightback. His try in the first half was the turning point while the second finished the game off for Eddie Jones’ men. Arguably his best contribution was a perfectly weighted kick for England’s second score.

12 Owen Farrell

It wasn’t a vintage Farrell display but the fly-half-come-centre was perfect from the tee, slotting six from six. He combined well with Ford to bring the England back-line into the game.

11 Semesa Rokoduguni

Another display that has many asking what he has to do to get back into the England side. The Bath winger was at his elusive best against Saracens, clocking up 109 metres with ball in hand.

10 George Ford

His midfield combination with Farrell has to be an option Lions coach Warren Gatland is seriously considering. The fly-half’s tactical kicking was superb while he continues to pull the strings and unlock defences.

9 Ben Youngs

Man of the match against the Wallabies, Youngs put in one of his best performances in an England jersey. His box kicking was near perfect and allowed England to build their way back into the game, while his speed of thought saw him score a superb solo effort.

Ben Youngs gets over for England’s third against the Wallabies Getty Images

FORWARDS

1 Dave Kilcoyne

The Munster loose-head put in another fine display against Glasgow, rock solid at the set piece to go with an excellent work rate.

2 Jamie George

The replacement hooker continues to put pressure on Hartley for the starting jersey. His set piece was immaculate against Australia, while his work in the loose is up there with backrow forwards.

3 Dan Cole

The subject of much attention in the lead up to the game, the England tight head responded with a solid display. He made 13 tackles to go with an excellent scrummaging performance, he did his Lions hopes no harm.

4 Courtney Lawes

11 carries and 13 tackles were the headline stats in an outstanding performance from the England lock. His work at the lineout will be the most pleasing for forwards coach Steve Borthwick though, with the Northampton lock England’s go-to man and even stole one off the Wallabies.

5 George Kruis

He topped the tackle charts with 16 against Australia and Kruis was at the heart of everything for England.

6 Taulupe Faletau

Despite featuring for just 37 minutes against Saracens, the Bath No.8 proved his world class status with an astonishing 19 carries for 71 metres.

7 Dan Leavy

Ireland are blessed with back row options at the minute and the Leinster man is right up there. The openside was equally as disruptive at the breakdown as he was in defence, while his offloading game helped Leinster to a 28-16 win over the Dragons.

8 Nathan Hughes

Replacing Billy Vunipola is a tough ask for any player but the Wasps No.8 made a good go of it. While not as destructive as the man whose boots he filled, Hughes’ work rate was right up there with 19 carries and his pace was key to England’s second try.

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