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Two Irish players make Press Association team of the Six Nations

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The England team wrapped up the Six Nations and the Grand Slam last night
The England team wrapped up the Six Nations and the Grand Slam last night

The 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship drew to a close on Saturday with title winners England clinching the Grand Slam with victory against France in Paris.

Here, Press Association Sport reveals its team of the tournament, one that contains six Englishmen, three Scots, two Welshmen, two Irishmen, plus one Frenchman and one Italian.
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15: STUART HOGG (Scotland) - A brilliant broken-field runner who lit up the tournament with his adventurous approach. Hogg's try against Ireland was spectacular.

14: ANTHONY WATSON (England) - Averages a try every two Tests for England. A classy operator and fine finisher who is getting better and better.

13: MICHELE CAMPAGNARO (Italy) - Missed Italy's abject Six Nations finale against Wales due to injury, but was a consistent shining light throughout a gloomy tournament for the Azzurri that saw them once again collect the wooden spoon.

12: JAMIE ROBERTS (Wales) - A midfield powerhouse in attack and defence, whose consistency of performance proved a highlight of runners-up Wales' Six Nations campaign.

11: GEORGE NORTH (Wales) - Became the first Wales player since Shane Williams eight years ago to score tries in four successive Six Nations games. Almost back to his blistering form of 2013.

10: JOHNNY SEXTON (Ireland) - Tight call between Sexton and Wales number 10 Dan Biggar in a position that saw no player consistently hit the heights this season, but Sexton's ability to make correct choices at critical moments remains strong.

9: BEN YOUNGS (England) - Was outstanding during the Twickenham victory over Wales that ultimately secured title glory. Mixed his game well, and just holds off the challenge of France's Maxime Machenaud.

1: JACK McGRATH (Ireland) - Stepped impressively into the void left by injured Leinster prop Cian Healy, showing impressive maturity at the forward coal-face.

2: GUILHEM GUIRADO (France) - The new France captain led from the front. A tough-as-teak forward who scored tries against Wales and Scotland, he was a talisman figure.

3: WILLEM NEL (Scotland) - Has transformed Scotland's scrum by displaying consistently impressive technical skills. Powerful and durable, he is a coach's dream.

4: MARO ITOJE (England) - A player performing with maturity way beyond his 21 years. Delivered one of England's great second-row performances against Wales, he already looks the complete package.

5: GEORGE KRUIS (England) - Took his club second-row partnership with Itoje at Saracens impressively into the Test match arena. Playing the best rugby of his career.

6: CHRIS ROBSHAW (England) - England's World Cup demise under his leadership seems light years away, such has been his revival. Lost the Red Rose captaincy to Dylan Hartley for the Six Nations, but has arguably never played better.

7: JOHN HARDIE (Scotland) - Scotland's outstanding openside flanker proved himself as a high-class operator at the breakdown, where all good number sevens are judged. Very impressive.

8: BILLY VUNIPOLA (England) - A wrecking ball at the back of England's scrum, his prodigious ball carrying and brute strength gave opposition defences nightmares. Magnificent.

Replacements:

16 - Dylan Hartley (England), 17 - Rob Evans (Wales), 18 - Dan Cole (England), 19 - Richie Gray (Scotland), 20 - James Haskell (England), 21 - Maxime Machenaud (France), 22 - Owen Farrell (England), 23 - Liam Williams (Wales).