Six Nations 2014: 10 Players Who Enhanced Their Reputations

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Six Nations 2014: 10 Players Who Enhanced Their Reputations
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There were plenty of brilliant individual displays in this year's Six Nations, with the 16-strong short list for official player of the tournament proving how many outstanding performances there were.

But these 10 are also about those who stepped it up a notch.

Those who have not made this final 10, while performing at a high level, merely confirmed how good we know they are rather than move the bar even higher.


Honourable mentions

Such men as Rob Kearney and Cian Healy both reaffirmed their status as world-class operators, as did Paul O’Connell.

England’s duo of flankers, Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood, both picked up where they left off from their autumn performances, while Yoann Huget of France cemented his reputation as a master poacher and finisher, and Louis Picamoles likewise as a bludgeoning ball-carrier.

In Wales, a curate’s egg of a championship saw some high notes from Sam Warburton against France at his scavenging best. George North still knows his way to the try line, but there was no evidence that anyone in a red jersey got better.

This list is about those who have boosted their status, elevated themselves to the next level and screwed their name plates above their dressing room seats just that bit tighter into the wall.

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