Ireland Dominate Autumn Internationals Team Of The Month
The best of the best.
That’s it. Another November passes and another Autumn International Series ends. And what a series it was. It was everything we could have hoped for and more and the world’s best went toe-to-toe.
Ireland secured a second successive November clean sweep, beating the mighty All Blacks on the way, while Wales secured a first ever over their own, defeating South Africa and Australia along the way.
England got back on their, with two scalps of their own against the Springboks and Wallabies, losing to New Zealand narrowly in the middle. And let’s not forget Fiji’s famous win over France in Paris.
Anyway, here’s our team of the month.
2018 Autumn Series Team of the Month
15. Israel Folau
A shining light for Australia who will be disappointed with their Autumn series overall. His try against England was nothing short of world class.
14. Joe Cokanasiga
Took his chance in the wake of an injury to Chris Ashton with two excellent try-scoring performances against Japan and Australia
13. Garry Ringrose
Always looked dangerous in attack and was a rock in defence. Really maturing as a player.
12. Bundee Aki
Quickly becoming a fixture under Joe Schmidt. Rarely makes a mistake and creates space for those around him. Linked up brilliantly with Sexton for Stockdale’s try.
11. Jacob Stockdale
Made some excellent breaks against Italy and scored arguably the try of the month against the All Blacks to secure a famous 16-9 win.
10. Johnny Sexton
Guaranteed himself the World Player of the Year award with another terrific autumn series. Completely outshone Beauden Barrett in the win over New Zealand.
9. Kieran Marmion
Scored an important try against Argentina, before putting in one of his best performances in a green shirt versus the All Blacks, despite carrying an ankle injury.
1. Cian Healy
Emptied the tank for 50+ minutes against New Zealand. Continues to play some of the best rugby of his career.
2. Guilhem Guirado
This man does not get the plaudits he deserves. Almost single-handedly carries France at times. The ultimate captain.
3. Tadhg Furlong
Another monstrous Autumn from the world’s best tighthead. Made some excellent carries and linked up well in the All Blacks game. He also helped decimate their scrum.
4. Maro Itoje
Finally starting to find some form after a disappointing run after the Lions tour. Expect him to be back to his very best in the coming weeks.
5. James Ryan
Another incredible international period for the youngster. Just keeps getting better and better. His carries alone are so important for Ireland. Simply world class.
6. Peter O’Mahony
Put in one of the all-time great performances against New Zealand and had a terrific Autumn series overall. A leader among men.
7. Justin Tipuric
Looked back to his best this month as Wales completed a first ever Autumn clean sweep. Continues to be one of the most underrated players in world rugby.
8. Mark Wilson
Took his chance and was deservedly named England’s man of the series. Super month for the Newcastle man.