Scotty Donaldson names his Team of Week One of the June International Tests. Do you agree? Who would you select?
Willem Alberts was impressive for the Springboks against England.
Here is my June International Rugby tests Team of Week One. Some positions picked themselves with Will Genia, Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read picking themselves. Other positions were more difficult. Some more difficult selection headaches were Julian Savea over Bryan Habana and Jean De Villiers over Conrad Smith. The frontrow selections were more difficult with the likes of the Beast, Jannie Du Plessis, Andrew Hore, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Cian Healy all coming close to selection. The openside flankers were very difficult to separate, but I was impressed by Ireland's Sean O'Brien who secured plenty of breakdown turnovers against New Zealand. There were some other great openside flankers playing over the weekend though.
Here is my June International Rugby Tests - Team of Week One
15.Israel Dagg (New Zealand)
14. Alex Cuthbert (Wales)
13. Jean De Villiers (South Africa)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (New Zealand)
11. Julian Savea (New Zealand)
10. Dan Carter (New Zealand)
9. Will Genia (Australia)
8. Kieran Read (New Zealand)
7. Sean O'Brien (Ireland)
6. Willem Alberts (South Africa)
5. Sam Whitelock (New Zealand)
4. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)
3. Owen Franks (New Zealand)
2. Bismarck Du Plessis (South Africa)
1. Tony Woodcock (New Zealand)
There are eight New Zealand players which makes sense since they had the most dominating performance of the weekend. There were also 4 Springboks, 1 Wallaby, 1 Irish and 1 Welsh player in this team.