6 Nations 2023 – Tuilagi, Lamaro, Baille… The XV to watch during the tournament

This Saturday, the Six Nations Tournament will open with Wales v Ireland in Cardiff. On this occasion, we suggest you watch our XV players before the competition. We find especially nice names like Manu Tuilagi, Michele Lamaro or Cyril Baille.

15. Angel Capuozzo (Italy)

Who else but him? The discovery of last season, the player who trains at FC Grenoble, will obviously be the number one attacking argument of the Squaddra Azzurra, who wants to get out of the sixth place that has stayed with him for too long. XV’s Tournament opener against France promises to be very symbolic for him as he will meet the Blues and partners on the field for the first time at the Toulouse Stadium…

14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)

With Warren Gatland back in the running for selection, he represents the hope of a nation disappointed after seeing his Red Devils fall at the Principality Stadium to Italy and Georgia last year. In a Wales team that is aging more than ever, he is one of those rare figures who both embodies the future and is one of the only figures in his position who can claim to be part of the world’s gratis. Its attractions will only be explored more closely…

13. Garry Ringrose (Ireland)

If his status as ‘Brian O’Driscoll’s natural heir’ has long given him the impression that he has been limited, Garry Ringrose has nevertheless stepped up in the last two years and, with center partner Bundee Ahki, has contributed greatly to Ireland’s slow rise. world number one status. Spinning with the ball and particularly adept in the passing game, the Leinster center has already set his sights on the Blues host for the second day, where he will be fired up to measure himself against “kryptonite” Gael Fickou.

Garry Ringrose is in great form with Leinster at the moment.
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12. Manu Tuilagi (England)

Sometimes the best soup is made in old pots and new England manager Steve Borthwick knows this better than anyone. Therefore, having finally overcome his physical handicaps, one who has now flourished Sale, will come forward as a strong element of the English midfield, with the idea of ​​​​contributing to the purchase of XV de la Rose.

11. Duhan Van der Merwe (Scotland)

The South African monster’s naturalization two years ago within the Scottish selection, where lack of strength has always been an Achilles’ heel, was an incredible boon… Duhan van der Merwe is indeed a paltry 14 Tests in his 22 stints with XV du Thistle and is not going to stop in such a good way. And to think he only joined Edinburgh in the summer of 2017 because he wasn’t kept at Montpellier’s training ground…

10. Owen Farrell (England)

Eddie Jones, who never gave up the ‘five-eight’ option he linked with George Ford in the centre, then replaced by Marcus Smith, should find his favorite position under Steve’s mandate as captain of the Rose XV. Borthwick. The strong selection of Farrell (who was sufficiently cleared by the RFU Disciplinary Committee after yet another dangerous tackle to participate earlier in the tournament) was met with all-British drool, suggesting that “it’s only the balance of the team that matters”.

Owen Farrell has missed the 2022 Tournament due to injury.

Owen Farrell has missed the 2022 Tournament due to injury.
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9. Jamison Gibson-Park (Ireland)

The man who brought Conor Murray back into the stands was clearly one of the revelations of the last Tournament, the precision of his pressing footwork combined with an ability to speed up the game when needed clearly inherited from New Zealand. training. With this dual role, Gibson-Park contributed to a profound change in the Irish game, where he introduced a new grain of madness. He will be one to watch closely in Dublin…

8. Gregory Alldritt (France)

He is currently the best number eight on the planet and his task in the next tournament will be to demonstrate that he deserves this status. The aircraft carrier La Rochelle, now on another planet, has never been so powerful and able to control the rugby, overcome any defensive screen and also “extra pass” while maintaining the defensive race that is essential to the blues system. in the opener field.

7. Michele Lamaro (Italy)

The Treviso player, who will captain Italy in November 2021, has become one of the key players coach Kieran Crowley intends to rely on. It has to be said that his status as the best defender of the last Tournament (82 tackles in 5 games, that’s an average of more than 1 per game!) is in his favor… The Blues, who will cross his path in Sunday’s opener, should not deny us.

6. Josh Van der Flier (Ireland)

It is clear that the Batavian-born Irishman, named World Rugby’s 2022 player of the year, is expected by all his rivals. A true rugby decathlete, Van der Flier lives up to his status with the ability to make contact as well as clear off the bounce, carry the ball as well as provide continuity and, in short, tackle as well as defend. , considering their brilliant form in the Champions Cup.

5. Richie Gray (Scotland)

Having fallen off the radar of international rugby in recent years, brother Johnny, ex-Toulousain and Castres Richie Gray is on track to make a huge comeback at the age of 33, having been out of a Scotland shirt for more than two years. . And yet, his current form with Glasgow has convinced manager Greg Townsend to give him a chance. It’s up to Gray to capture him to form a team with his brother at the next World Cup…

Richie Gray will have a big role to play for Scotland, especially in touch.

Richie Gray will have a big role to play for Scotland, especially in touch.
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4. Tadgh Beirne (Ireland)

To say that Leinster didn’t trust him until they let him go to Llanelli a couple of seasons ago … a big mistake that XV Clover has clearly rectified since then. And first of all, coach Andy Farrell, eager to take his team to a stage in offensive matters and knowing how to rely on Bain, regularly used Retallick among the blacks as the first carrier in the front blocks.

3. Dan Cole (England)

Again, it’s a comeback story… After his trial at the 2019 World Cup final, the iconic right-hander from Leicester no longer had the honor of selection under Eddie Jones’ mandate. Former club mentor Steve Borthwick decided to fill a gap in the de la Rose XV looking to restore their value in the forward fight. And what better way to embody them than an old curmudgeon like Cole…

2. Ken Owens

Warren Gatland has gambled on his big return to the Wales captaincy to replace Wayne Pivac by handing the captaincy to the whore Ken Owens rather than iconic second-row Alun-Wyn Jones. A sign of the latter’s importance in the Welsh system is primarily the desire to reconnect with rougher rugby and above all without a free pass for its leaders.

Ken Owens has been named Wales captain for this 2023 Tournament.

Ken Owens has been named Wales captain for this 2023 Tournament.
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1. Cyril Baille (France)

The algorithm would conclude that Toulouse will be named “Player of the Tournament” at the end of the 2023 financial year. We do not know how much confidence we may place in this, but the anecdote sufficiently explains the influence of Toulouse. Left-handed and above all else in the performance of the tricolor pack, his status is now unanimously recognized internationally. Now it’s up to Cissou to rise to the top of IT expectations. Ours too…

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