The 2020 Guinness Six Nations got underway this weekend with Wales hosting Italy, Ireland hosting Scotland and England travelling to France.
Defending champions Wales began their campaign with a comfortable victory over Italy, securing a bonus point in a 42-0 victory.
Ireland defeated a resurgent Scotland side in Dublin, where 19 points from Johnny Sexton gave the Irish the victory.
England travelled to Paris to face a new-look French side featuring five debutantes. And the French came away with a victory, beating Eddie Jones’s England 24-17.
From the opening weekend, Park Life have decided to pick our team of the weekend.
Loosehead Prop – Rory Sutherland (Scotland)
Edinburgh’s Rory Sutherland hasn’t featured for Scotland since his third cap in 2016.
However his performance against Ireland showed what the Scottish have been missing, with the 27-year old making 14 tackles and six breaks in his sides defeat in Dublin.
Hooker – Ken Owens (Wales)
Ken Owens has been vital to Wales’s success since his breakthrough to the test side since his debut back in 2011.
In his 76 caps, Owens has scored just three tries, but his impact is seen eleswhere, with his defensive and set piece work.
Owens missed just one tackle, and hit his man in the line-out eight times.
Tighthead Prop – Zander Fagerson (Scotland)
Completing our front-row is another Scot, this time Glasgow’s Zander Fagerson.
The 24-year old’s place in our team was pushed close by Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong but Fagerson’s defence secured his place.
Fagerson made 15 tackles in an impressive performance.
Second-Rows – Jonny Gray (Scotland) and James Ryan (Ireland)
Our second rows from this weekend both come from the same game in Scotland’s Jonny Gray and Ireland’s James Ryan.
Jonny Gray’s put in a stellar defensive performance completing a game-high 22 tackles, as well as being impressive going forward.
Joining Gray in the second-row is James Ryan, who like Gray was dominant in defence and strong in attack.
Ryan also was praised on social media for giving his anthem jacket two mascots who were shivering in the Dublin wind.
Flankers – Jake Polledri (Italy) and Charles Ollivon (France)
Our two flankers feature the first French and Italian players in our team with Italy’s Jake Polledri and France’s captain Charles Ollivon.
Gloucester’s Jake Polledri was one of the few shining lights in Italy’s performance against Wales.
The 24-year old was all over the pitch in defence making three turnovers to add to nine tackles.
In attack, Polledri was also impressive making a number of charges towards the Welsh defence.
On the other flank, we have Charles Ollivon.
In his first game as French captain, and just his 12th cap, Ollivon was dominant in his sides performance over England.
As well as scoring twice, the 26-year old made 68 metres in attack and was also impressive in defence, making 15 tackles.
Number 8 – Gregory Alldritt (France)
Rounding off our forward pack is a second Frenchmen, and Charles Ollivon’s back row partner Gregory Alldritt.
Gregory Alldritt MOTM?! What a game he’s had!— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) February 2, 2020
Alldritt, along with Ollivon helped contribute to France’s domination of England for the majority of Sunday’s game.
The 22-year old made 16 tackles, helping stop Eddie Jones’s attacking gameplan in it’s tracks.
Scrum-Half – Antoine Dupont (France)
Our pick at scrum-half was possibly the easiest of the whole team.
France’s Antoine Dupont completely ran the show in Paris, and his performance was one of the main factors in the French sides success.
Dupont beat seven English defenders, making a total of 11 carries.
The 23-year old was also involved in assisting one of his sides tries.
Fly-Half – Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
All of Ireland’s points came from our fly-half, Johnny Sexton.
Sexton scored the only try of the match after ten minutes, before converting his own try.
Sexton also added four penalties to complete his sides 19-12 victory.
Wingers – Josh Adams (Wales) and Vincent Rattez (France)
Our picks on the wing scored four tries between them over the weekend, with Wales’s Josh Adams scoring three against Italy and France’s Vincent Rattez getting one against England.
Josh Adams was excellent in attack for Wales, scoring two in the first-half and one in added time to complete his hat-trick.
Our second winger is relatively inexperienced in the test arena, having earned just three caps before this weekend.
However France’s Vincent Rattez ran England ragged, making 62 metres in attack, for which he was rewarded with his maiden test try.
Centres – George North and Nick Tompkins (Wales)
Our centre picks both come from the Wales side who beat Italy, starting centre George North and replacement Nick Tompkins.
George North was an example of quality over quantity in terms of his attacking threat against Italy.
Although he made just one clean break, North managed to make 115 metres which was the fourth highest of the weekend.
The second pick at centre is Welsh debutant Nick Tompkins.
In just half an hour, Nick Tompkins made 84 metres, which was awarded with a debut try.
Tompkins performance showed what England may be missing.
Full-Back – Matteo Minozzi (Italy)
Our final pick is another Italian, and this one is Wasps Matteo Minozzi.
Minozzi shone in the Italian back line, making 142 metres from 14 carries.