Rugby. Moefana, Steward, Sexton, … The XV type of players who shaped the summer tours

Jonathan Sexton, Freddie Steward and Yoram Moefana have stood out from the rest during the summer tours. (© Icon Sports)

15. Freddie Steward (England)

He clears the debate in England. author of very good matches in the fall then during the tournament of VI nations Despite the XV of the Rose’s lackluster performances, Freddie Steward confirmed his full potential during the Englishman’s victorious tour of Australia. With his impressive physical qualities for a bum (1.96m, 101kg) he was instrumental in both England’s successes, notably through a try in the final Test. The rose’s XV holds its nugget on the back.

14. Will Jordan (New Zealand)

Not many New Zealanders survived during the defeats against Ireland but Will Jordan is one of them. Author of two tries in as many games against Clover’s XV, the usual bottom of the Crusaders but replaced on the wing by the All Blacks, proved he was perhaps the best finisher on the oval planet.

13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)

It is he who scores the try that allows the Irish to do that interruption in the decisive third game against New Zealand (22:6 at half time). Always very precise in attack and defence, he is the regulator of the Irish defenses when the game accelerates and it is necessary to take over from Jonathan Sexton.

12.Yoram Moefana (France)

It’s the Cocorico moment. Hard to miss Yoram Moefana in this XV type of summer tours. In the face of certainly weaker adversity than Australia or New Zealand, the center of the UBB has once again proven all its qualities Powerful. Author of a first encounter at a very high level both defensively and offensively, he then focused on the shadow tasks during the second trial. He is the real confirmation on the French side and it will be difficult to steal his place in the next few rounds. We could also quote Bundee Aki (Ireland).

11. Duhan Van Der Merwe (Scotland)

Always very powerful and fast in his signature style, Duhan van der Merwe Argentina scored the same score (34-31) against the Pumas despite Scotland’s two defeats. He even scored twice in two games and was decisive again on this summer tour.

10. Jonathan Sexton (Ireland)

He passed the bar 1000 points registered at international level, making him the seventh-best goalscorer in rugby history. Even if it’s still a long way off Dan Carter (1598 points), the Irish opener was once again a perfect playmaker to defeat the All-Blacks. He only needs 72 points to score to overtake another famous Irish director: Ronan O’Gara.

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9. Jamison Gibson Park (Ireland)

Difficult not to face the Irish hinge after the victories of Clover’s XV in New Zealand. Jamison Gibson Park, Native New Zealander played a very bad trick on his country of birth as it is the first time since 1994 and the XV of France that a northern nation wins a series against the All-Blacks. We could have also mentioned the young English Scrum-Half Jack Van Poortvliet who brought tremendous speed to English football at just 21 years old.

8. Ardie Savea (New Zealand)

“It would be nice to have 15 Ardie Savea with the All Blacks! “. That’s the message from a disillusioned Black supporter. It has to be said that the number eight fought its way to the four corners of the field to try to lift its heads against the dominating Irish. Even the strong third line could score three tries in three matches, including a solo rush worthy of a three-quarter center. Undoubtedly the tree that hides the forest among New Zealanders. Note the excellent performance of his Irish counterpart, Caelan Doris.

7. Josh van der Flier (Ireland)

Here’s one who must have slept very well… 62 duels, two successful turnovers, 21 broken tackles… Josh van der Flier’s (29) stats on this tour are just frightening. In the long line of legendary Irish flankers, Josh van der Flier is arguably one of the best in his position today. The Leinster player remains an enduring poison for all teams he faces.

6. Courtney Lawes (England)

Courtney Lawes passed the bar exam 100 choices this summer in Australia. Known in France for his tackles, more than assisted by Jules Plisson or Morgan Parra, among others, the second line, repositioned by Eddie Jones as the third line of the wing, was monstrous during the last test. Author of a furious counter-jerk and a breakthrough stopped just meters from the line, the England captain also made 14 tackles. A true leader, he led the Rose’s XV to a successful tour.

5. Lood de Jager (South Africa)

We won’t hide it, the test series between Springbok and Wales was not extravagant. On the other hand, a player blew up the screen: Lood de Jager (29 years old). The Colossus was the fight of all time with his friend Eben Etzebeth. Overwhelmed, he let the Welsh defenses suffer and shared in his people’s clear supremacy in the conquest. There is no doubt that the former Sale player will wreak havoc in Japan with his Wild Knights club… Toulouse, Thibaud Flament, who is very restless against Japan, should also be mentioned.

4. Tadhg Beirne (Ireland)

breathtaking. It is difficult to find other words to define the Irish second line Tadhg Beirne. The Munster giants were all over the place in the last game against the All Blacks, outclassing their opponents Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick… Exactly that. an interception, 18 duelswon three turnovers in the last 10 minutes… What a tour for Beirne.

3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)

Same first name, same nationality, same performance as his teammate Beirne. Tadhg Furlong is sure to be on the today Podium of the best right columns of the planet. In the first test against George Bower, the strong pillar struggled in the last two encounters. In several actions, the Leinster player even positioned himself for the opening. A role he played brilliantly.

2nd Dan Sheehan (Ireland)

And considering he’s only 23 and has 10 caps… As a replacement for Ronan Kelleher at club and national team, Dan Sheehan has had more than just a response to the All Blacks. In the three games, the Leinster player (he too!) was clean in the conquest and omnipresent in the game.France can count on the Marchand-Mauvaka pair, Ireland can certainly trust them Kelleher-Sheehan duo. Argentinian Augustine Creevy could also have been quoted. At 37, the ex-MHR player is far from finished!

1. Ellis Genge (England)

Ellis Genge completed his special at the final test in Australia. Served by Billy Vunipola, “Baby Rhino” sent Samu Kerevi on the butt. Beyond that overpowering charge, the column was crucial on this tour. Ultra mobile and dominant in close combat, he showed character, especially against Michael Hooper. The prop master is set to return to his former club Bristol next season and will be one hell of a customer.

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