Six Nations 2014: Jonathan Davies' Team of the Week

 

The Six Nations kicked off with a bang as England and France served up one of the great Six Nations encounters on the opening weekend.

Champions Wales launched their bid for an unprecedented hat-trick of titles with a run-of-the-mill win over Italy, while Ireland came to life in the second half to brush aside Scotland.

Here BBC Sport rugby union expert Jonathan Davies picks his Team of the Week - but no doubt you'll have your own ideas too, so why not join the debate?

FULL-BACK - ROB KEARNEY (Ireland)

Rob Kearney

This is a really difficult choice. Leigh Halfpenny did nothing wrong and scored 13 of Wales' 23 points against Italy. But Kearney edges it for me because he did get a try and tackled well. Very little between the two though.

RIGHT WING - YOANN HUGET (France)

Yoann Huget

Another to grab a brace, and although there was a touch of luck - especially about the second try as a wicked bounce wrong-footed the England defence - he was pacy, powerful and abrasive, and made Alex Goode look like the fish out of water he was on the wing when he came on initially for the injured Jonny May.

OUTSIDE CENTRE - MICHELE CAMPAGNARO (Italy)

Michele Campagnaro

The 20-year-old took to the grand old tournament like a duck to water. Marked his championship debut with a sparkling performance and bagged two tries against the defending champions.

INSIDE CENTRE - WESLEY FOFANA (France)

Wesley Fofana

Not the biggest of games for the classy Frenchman on a quiet weekend for inside centres as his pack struggled to supply much ball, but when he did get it the English defence could never relax.

LEFT WING - ANDREW TRIMBLE (Ireland)

Andrew Trimble

His try right at the end of the first half gave Ireland the cushion that allowed them to pull away from Scotland after the interval. He's hard working and that score will do him the power of good before the visit of Wales on Saturday.

FLY-HALF - JONNY SEXTON (Ireland)

Jonny Sexton

Ran the show with increasing authority as the game went on. Not had the easiest of times in France as Racing Metro struggle to hit the heights but looked delighted to be back in green.

SCRUM-HALF - DANNY CARE (England)

Danny Care

Take a bow, son. The architect behind a hugely impressive fightback in the Stade de France. Had England managed to hold on to their lead then we'd be hearing even more about his performance. Took control after the break, almost scoring and landing a drop-goal.

LOOSE-HEAD PROP - CIAN HEALY (Ireland)

Cian Healy

The Leinster man produced a strong performance and played a highly influential role in his side's strong victory over Scotland. Had the better of Moray Low for much of the game in the scrum and enjoyed one storming run in the loose.

HOOKER - RICHARD HIBBARD (Wales)

Richard Hibbard

What a determined show of tackling - he was ferocious at times and was not afraid to put himself about. There is much to admire about his game and I liked the way he carried the ball against Italy.

TIGHT-HEAD PROP - DAN COLE (England)

Dan Cole

Admirable work-rate from the England tight-head. Questions remain about whether he is the same force under the new scrum laws but held his own against the French eight.

LOCK - ALUN WYN JONES (Wales)

Alun Wyn Jones

A strong captain's performance and his vast experience shone through despite an indifferent Welsh performance. One look at his stats tells you the story. He won seven line-outs, put in 10 tackles and made no fewer than 15 carries, making most metres of the forwards.

LOCK - COURTNEY LAWES (England)

Courtney Lawes

He is no shrinking violet and when the going got tough in Paris, so too did the Northampton man. His physical presence was key in turning the forward contest in England's favour. He was superb in the line-out, made a real impact with his carrying and his tackling was a real weapon for England.

BLIND-SIDE FLANKER - YANNICK NYANGA (France)

Yannick Nyanga

Hard to believe the Toulouse flanker was out of favour for so long under former coach Marc Lievremont. He was a real nuisance at the breakdown and won lots of ball in the line-out but it was his carrying that ultimately made the difference as his break set up the match-winning try.

OPEN-SIDE FLANKER - CHRIS HENRY (Ireland)

Chris Henry

Filling the boots of Sean O'Brien takes some doing but Henry gave it a real shot against the Scots. Worked relentlessly and although he lacks the sheer ball-carrying power of O'Brien, it was his break that set up Rob Kearney's try.

NUMBER EIGHT - BILLY VUNIPOLA (England)

Billy Vunipola

What an immense ball carrier and possesses excellent pace. The Saracens man also set up debutant centre Luther Burrell for a try the Northampton player is not going to forget in a hurry. Going to be a key figure for England this tournament.