No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament

Johnny Sexton, the Ireland captain, holds the Six Nations trophy - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/David Rogers
Johnny Sexton, the Ireland captain, holds the Six Nations trophy - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/David Rogers

Ireland wrapped up a convincing Six Nations Grand Slam by beating England 29-16 in Dublin on Saturday, but how many players from Andy Farrell's squad make our Team of the Tournament? And who makes the cut from the other countries?

Here Telegraph Sport picks its XV from the past two months.

15. Hugo Keenan (Ireland)

The depth is staggering. Freddie Steward, notwithstanding the Dublin sending-off, was England's individual highlight, while Thomas Ramos made the French 15 jersey his own, falling just short of Jonny Wilkinson's record for most points scored in a single championship.

For sheer consistency of excellence, however, Keenan takes the spoils. An integral cog in the mechanics of the Grand Slam champions; as he will be for years to come.

14. Damian Penaud (France)

What more is there to write about a wing whose highlights reel from this championship alone is already worthy of a career-defining montage? Undoubtedly the world's finest right wing; the complete package. Other challengers are as rounded, but Penaud's USP is his spontaneity; he does not often know what he will do next, so good luck defending him.

13. Huw Jones (Scotland)

Gregor Townsend probably does not see it as such, but his selection of Huw Jones was the gamble of the tournament. Eyebrows were raised at his Calcutta Cup team selection but, as a midfield combination, Jones' partnership with Sione Tuipulotu established itself as the most settled and harmonious in the championship. And, when Finn Russell is inside them, magic can happen. Gael Fickou and Garry Ringrose - injuries aside - are world class, too.

Huw Jones scoring a try at Twickenham - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Reuters/Peter Nicholls
Huw Jones scoring a try at Twickenham - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Reuters/Peter Nicholls

12. Jonathan Danty (France)

Jonathan Danty might only have played two matches but France's rejuvenation synchronising with his return was no coincidence. A mighty player, used so cunningly as either battering ram or decoy, by the French midfield. He gives Les Bleus direction off slow, static ball, allowing their marvellous backs to get into their stride. Tommaso Menoncello is a hell of a find for Italy, too.

11. Mack Hansen (Ireland)

The Australian-born, Irish revelation switches wings to accommodate the wacky brilliance of Penaud, but that is not to diminish his exploits. Mack Hansen has emerged from the Australian wilderness, via the coastal winds of Galway, as one of the world's finest wings. A wonderfully balanced runner who excels aerially, he'll be a mainstay of this Irish squad for years. Alongside James Lowe and Keenan, Ireland's back three is world-beating.

10. Paolo Garbisi (Italy)

A tricky one. Romain Ntamack showed flashes of brilliance and certainly looked to be rediscovering his finest form towards the end of the championship - but the fact remains that he did not start well. Neither Wales nor England could settle on their fly-half, Jonathan Sexton is Ireland's binding agent but, perhaps, did not have his finest championship. Finn Russell's mercurial brilliance gave Scotland hope but also hindered their efforts on occasion, while Italy look like a totally different side with Paolo Garbisi in the No 10 shirt. If he had started that round-one match against a rusty France, Italy might not have finished the championship without a win. Italy, who registered more line breaks in a single match against Wales than any other team, must build around him.

Paolo Garbisi was one of several Italy players who shone during another win-less, but memorable, tournament - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/Danilo Di Giovanni
Paolo Garbisi was one of several Italy players who shone during another win-less, but memorable, tournament - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/Danilo Di Giovanni

9. Antoine Dupont (France)

The best rugby player in the world, making a strong case as the greatest ever - already. Should he lift the Webb Ellis Cup aloft in November then there would be no debate. Immortality awaits. Peerless.

1. Cyril Baille (France)

Andrew Porter laid the foundations for Irish success and could not have done much more to stake his claim for the loosehead spot but Cyril Baille underlined his credentials as the world's best. Supreme in Dublin, magnificent at Twickenham, and arguably saved the best until last in the comfortable win over Wales. Ellis Genge wore his heart on his sleeve and Danilo Fischetti is a handful in the loose.

2. George Turner (Scotland)

The Irish hooking trio affords their side wondrous depth. Julien Marchand - alongside quasi namesake Julián Montoya - is probably the world's best, but George Turner was the form hooker in the championship. Phenomenal in the Calcutta Cup, Turner continued that form into the subsequent four rounds, with his performance against Wales a particular highlight.

3. Zander Fagerson (Scotland)

Tightheads did not quite set the world alight during the Six Nations, and recency bias might have played a part in this selection, but Zander Fagerson had a splendid final two rounds. His display in the loss to Ireland was one of his very best, while his demolition of the Italian scrum in the final round showed his improvements in that domain.

4. Thibaud Flament (France)

The most improved player in the global game - by a stretch. A squad member at Wasps before his Toulouse move, Thibaud Flament's initial inclusion in Fabien Galthié's group seemed curious in 2021, but the lock could not have done much more to have repaid that faith. Only Matt Fagerson of Scotland made more tackles this championship; only Federico Ruzza and Ollie Chessum won more line-outs, too.

Thibaud Flament - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/Charlotte Wilson
Thibaud Flament - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - Getty Images/Charlotte Wilson

5. James Ryan (Ireland)

Stunning against Scotland, in the depths of adversity when his side needed him most, James Ryan was king of the thankless task for the Grand Slammers. No one made more turnovers across the tournament and few made more tackles. A deserved champion. Ollie Chessum, before that gutting ankle injury, impressed for England.

6. Charles Ollivon (France)

Switches to the blindside to create space for the World Player of the Year but, after last year's injury travails, Charles Ollivon looked back to his 2020 best. A fierce line-out defender, deceptively quick, and intelligent to boot. Immaculate in one of the most staggering French performances of all time, at Twickenham. A word, too, for Sebastien Negri of Italy and Anthony Jelonch of France, before his heart-breaking knee injury.

7. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)

Irrepressible. Perhaps did not catch the eye as frequently as in previous championships, but Josh van der Flier's willingness to do the grunt is unparalleled. Attacking ruck visits are his forté, but only Flament and Matt Fagerson made more tackles, too.

Josh van der Flier - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - AFP/Paul Faith
Josh van der Flier - No England players make our Six Nations team of the tournament - AFP/Paul Faith

8. Caelan Doris (Ireland)

In one of the greatest Six Nations matches of all time, Caelan Doris was the match's greatest player. That alone would have put him close to this XV but he seldom dropped below that level. There are not many who would be more suitable for the No 8 spot in a World XV than the Leinster man. Grégory Alldritt, after a middling few months, roared back to life at Twickenham, too, and Lorenzo Cannone was one of Italy's stars.