The42’s big 6 Nations awards extravaganza

AFTER FIFTEEN INTENSE games across seven weeks, the Six Nations Championship finally came to a close with a heart-stopper in London. Ireland have the only prize that matters (again) but here are a few other gongs we feel should be handed out.

Player of the Championship

Before the final day explosion, the Six Nations was a tournament under fire for its attritional nature. Perfect hunting grounds for a self-respecting lock but Paul O’Connell pounced on everything that came across his path.

He passed his 100th cap at the age of 35 and yet played all 400 Championship minutes. He remains undecided on whether to attempt to make it three-in-a-row for Ireland, but he’ll be irreplaceable whenever he decided to hang up his boots.

Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Coach of the Championship

There’s a big push to share this award to one of the runners-up, but in guiding Ireland to a first back-to-back win in 66 years, Joe Schmidt deserves nothing but immense praise – so here he is celebrating a try for Manawatu.

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Despite the convincing wins over England and France, the Kiwi came under fire from certain quarters for his style of play in the first half of the tournament. He showed off another great strength in changing those tactics; not because of pressure from outside, but because he wants his team to be able to play different versions of the gameplan depending on the opposition and what’s required from the game.

Most surprisingly low-key retirement

We have to split this award between two worthy contenders. Two men who are equally good looking and who will leave our rugby airwaves a less colourful place than they made them over the past number of years.

We’ll miss you, George Hook and Steve Walsh.

Source: INPHO

The Gordon D’Arcy award for best beard

G is for great beard, Geoff Cross.

‘You’ve got a long way to grow, Henshaw kid’. Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Most impressive pick-up

Sorry, Taulupe Faletau, Cian Healy’s got this one.

The more whiplash than the movie Whiplash award

Courtney Lawes mowed. Jules Plisson. DOWN.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Most honest prediction

Asked before the first round of games what we could expect from France, head coach Philippe Saint-Andre said, “I don’t know.”

He delivered on that bold prediction too.

The award for the saddest looking Sean O’Brien goes to…

Sean O’Brien looked even more disappointed than the rest of us after his hamstring stopped him facing Italy at the last minute.

Best celebration of a Man of the Match award

A triumphant Sean O’Brien sees the camera in his face and instantly switches his pose from ‘wrecked on the bench‘ to ‘do you like the new fireplace?

Source: Reddit

Poor Mike Ross can’t see the game, Seanie.

Optical illusion of the tournament

Is Sean O’Brien an incredible player? Yes. Did he heave four French forwards out of this ruck on his own? Not this time.

Half the credit must go to Jamie Heasllip as the tin opener.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

The epic smackdown award

For an outstanding (and invaluable) right hand smackdown to deny Stuart Hogg a late points gap-sapping try, we salute you, Jamie Heaslip.

Best celebration on Ireland’s behalf after you’ve been beaten by 20 points

Top man, is Rory Kockott.

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Source: James Crombie/INPHO

We’ve been through the tries of the tournament, here

Worst finish

James Haskell could have gone anywhere, but he chose to go through George North. He might have gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for that pesky post.

‘What a try that would’ve been’ of the tournament

This was chalked off for Sam Hidaldo-Clyne’s knock on, Mark Bennett didn’t deserve that.

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

 Surprising accent / Emmerdale audition of the tournament

Eee, bah gum, George Ford lad!

Source: RBS 6 Nations/YouTube

Best suit of the year

Great to have Al Capone on our screens even when Boardwalk Empire isn’t.

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