A momentous tournament found a fittingly exciting ending to Saturday with Wales strolling to a Grand Slam with unexpected ease before England and Scotland’s surreal, 11-try, see saw attraction at Twickenham.
There have been some sublime performances on the previous six weeks, in addition to the strange shocker.
Taking all that into account, here is the Six Nations team of the tournament.
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1-5. Elliot Daly (England)
Considering the size of some of the backs in the tournament, he is a relative light weight, but he has been brilliant. After a couple of early mistakes, he bounced back together with that superb jump, score and craft to seal the win against England after which the lovely side step past Blair Kinghorn to dent against Scotland.
Just 23, however he looks like he’s been on the international stage for many decades.
Jonathan Davies’ defence is most likely the best of almost any outside center in the world. He locks down that station that is outside and that’s crucial to Wales’ match program. If you can get in to space inside or outside , you have cracked a sizable portion of grading against Wales. But very few can.
1 2. Hadleigh Parkes (Wales)
Parkes is not the typical type of player I’d pick, but his consistency makes his case impossible to ignore. He’s a seven-and-a-half out often every match at least.
He adhesives together the Wales backline with all-round ability, front foot defence and lung-busting effort.
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The England wing has come to be a more try-scoring machine. He scored six attempts in the Six Nations, four in the 2018 tournament. His straight-line pace is catastrophic, but in addition his play match has improved a lot this year.
10. Finn Russell (Scotland)
He’s got 125 Wales caps, extending over almost 13 decades. He’s been there, seen it done it. And yet he continues to enhance. This really is spectacular.
He’s 33 now when you get to the end of your career the realisation that you need to get the most out of a restricted amount of time left at the very top can inspire one to.
Subsequently, he arouses the others for the reason that Wales team.
This is a close contact between George Kruis and Ireland’s James Ryan. Ryan’s work rate is phenomenal, but I presume that Kruis has more physicality when he carries. Defence is a given at this degree. You are looking for some thing a bit extra with ball in hand which is exactly what Kruis brings to a side.
Kyle Sinckler is just another impact carrier and he also comes with a edge. He’s actually a confrontational, uncompromising character and also you also will need some of the in a squad.
You watched Scotland on Saturday, as he burst through in the build up to Joe Launchbury’s try, that he’s got a pace and power that a lot of props cannot bring to the match. Over the duration of the tournament, he also revealed more than Tadhg Furlong did for Ireland, and that’s a higher bar to meet.
2. Jamie George (England)
With captain Dylan Hartley outside from this equation,” Jamie George took his luck. His ball-carrying and supply were so all excellent, with a mis-pass to prepare a try against Italy that a specific highlight.
Wales’ line-out wobbled through the campaign and hooker Ken Owens, George’s prime competitor to get this slot machine, needs to shoot some of this blame for that.
1. Cian Healy (Ireland)
Cian Healy only edges out Wales’ Rob Evans at loose-head prop. He struggles that the gain line, using strong, competitive carries. He has that animal streak as well, when he starts going backward, it elicits a response .
Player of the tournament
Jonny might had an outstanding tournament, but it’s impossible to look beyond Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. It’d be strange to not donate it to someone who has led his side and clinched the Grand Slam.
Take to of this tournament
Cory Hill’s attempt for Wales against England. The hosts demonstrated superb patience over 3-4 phases when second-row Hill finally crossed the noise in the Principality Stadium was deafening.
Moment of this tournament
Without this moment, things could have been completely different. Over the opening weekend, France were leading Wales 19-17 with 71 minutes to the clock along with possession in the visitors’ half.
France next row Sebastien Vahaamahina shouts a foolish mis-pass, George North pounces to intercept and the match breaks the manner of Wales.
Tackle of this tournament
With Wales 7-0 through to Ireland in early stages of their final-round match. Johnny Sexton chosen out Jacob Stockdale using a cross-field kick.
The Ireland wing sped off Gareth Davies and seemed set for the corner, just for Hadleigh Parkes to make up the ground and haul him down.
A enormous effort in an essential period of a critical match and summed up the conclusion in the Wales team.
Breakthrough of this tournament
Scotland’s Darcy Graham has shown up well, however Josh Adams, who came to this tournament with six global limits and one try for his name, needs to shoot it.
If you could change 1 thing…
I’m not in love with bonus things. I like the simplicity of the way that it was with points difference being the tie-breaking factor in the standings.
Jeremy Guscott was talking to BBC Sport’s Mike Henson.