Wing: Naipolioni Vonowale Nalaga, Clermont Auvergne
In customary fashion, Naipolioni Vonowale Nalaga’s brute strength again stood out as his greatest asset in this weekend’s win over Brive.
The Fijian finished off almost everything that was fed to him and was constantly looked to break the gain line for last year’s Heineken Cup finalists.
Inside Centre: Luke Marshall, Ulster
Excelling further into his role as Ulster’s premier playmaker, Luke Marshall continues to show great promise with the Irish province and urged those around him onto a 39-21 win over Cardiff Blues.
As well as crossing over for a try of his own thanks to the work of his fellow backs, the 22-year-old was once again the creative, catalytic core of Ulster’s midfield.
Outside Centre: Luther Burrell, Northampton Saints
Luther Burrell was another who held a good account of himself ahead of what could be his England debut next week.
The Saints centre maintained the prolific partnership he’s enjoyed with George Pisi of late to run for more than 10 metres per carry against Saracens, time and again probing the opposition defence and grabbing a late try for himself.
Wing: Geoffrey Palis, Castres
Scoring no less than 19 points, Geoffrey Palis started his performance against Biarritz as he meant to carry on this weekend.
After scoring a finely taken try in the match’s opening minute, the winger converted all scores, added another couple of penalties and was a defensive force to be reckoned with as Castres ran to a 39-0 victory over the Top 14 strugglers.
Full-back: Ben Foden, Northampton Saints
Stuart Lancaster will have been left with no chance other than to admire Ben Foden’s last club outing prior to the Guinness Series, pushing the Northampton man further into the international reckoning.
Up against fellow England fullback candidate Alex Goode, Foden reigned supreme with a second-half performance that showcased both brains and brawn as he ran over for two tries.