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Team of the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series

Team of the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series

After three weeks of blistering action in Italy, the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series ended with a fantastic Finals Day in Treviso on Tuesday.

South Africa’s 47-27 victory over Wales saw the Junior Boks finish as the only unbeaten side and they have two representatives in the Team of the Summer Series.

Italy also have two in the XV after claiming a famous second victory over England this year.
Two Ireland stars are recognised after they kicked off the day’s action with a 41-24 win over Scotland while France have three players involved after they got the better of Georgia, with two Junior Lelos included.

Here, we take a look at the Team of the Under-20 Six Nations Summer Series.

15. Lorenzo Pani – Italy

Italy full-back Lorenzo Pani’s mazy runs were a regular Summer Series sight as he featured in the top two for defenders beaten (14), line breaks (6) and offloads (7).

He even slotted a drop goal in the 38-31 win over England on Finals Day to show off his all-round skill set.

14. Louis Bielle-Biarrey – France

The man in the red scrum cap, equally capable on the wing or at full-back, France’s Louis Bielle-Biarrey scored three tries out in Italy, with only three players managing more than him.

Bielle-Biarrey made 230 metres, the sixth highest total overall, while making the fourth most line breaks with four.

13. Emilien Gailleton – France

France captain Emilien Gailleton led by example at outside centre, making more line breaks than any other player in the Summer Series with seven.

The Croydon-born back also ranked fourth for metres gained with 257 after leading his side to wins over Ireland and Georgia.

12. Suleiman Hartzenberg – South Africa

Suleiman Hartzenberg scores the opening try

Inside centre Suleiman Hatzenberg’s try double in South Africa’s Finals Day win over Wales saw him finish as the Series’ joint top try scorer on five.

Hartzenberg proved elusive as he was the most prolific Junior Bok when it came to defenders beaten (12) and also showed his value at the breakdown with four turnovers, the second most by any back.

11. Gatien Massé – France

France winger Gatien Massé showed blistering feet to finish the Summer Series with a brace against Georgia.

Massé finished third on the overall list for metres gained (267) and line breaks (5) while he beat 12 defenders.

10. Sam Prendergast – Ireland

Fly-half Sam Prendergast started Ireland’s first game on the bench but soon became an automatic starter with a string of impressive performances.

Prendergast showed his running threat by beating 11 defenders, the most of any half-back while he also laid on three try assists and a joint-high three break assist passes.

9. Nico Steyn – South Africa

Nico Steyn was the top ranking scrum-half for carries (13), metres gained (93), line breaks (3), defenders beaten (5) and try assists (3), also crossing for a try himself.

The Junior Bok also showed his versatility on Finals Day as injury forced him to play the majority of the game at No.10.

1. Rhys Barratt – Wales

Wales loosehead Rhys Barratt got through plenty of work during the Summer Series, hitting 62 rucks – the joint most for any front rower.

Barratt also showed deft hands, making more passes than any other prop with 11.

2. Patrick Harrison – Scotland

Try machine Patrick Harrison was one of three players to cross for a tournament-high five scores, found a teammate with 34 of his 40 lineouts and beat 10 defenders – the most of any front rower.

3. Scott Wilson – Ireland

Scott Wilson was one of just two props to make at least 20 carries in the Summer Series (20) and also beat the joint most defenders of any prop with three.

4. Christ Tshiunza – Wales

Christ Tshiunza

Already a senior international, Christ Tshiunza made more carries than any other second row with 32 while only his engine room partner in this side managed more than the 57 metres he made and four defenders he beat.

Tshiunza came to the fore against Italy in Round 3 with a tremendous performance that saw his teammates vote him their players’ player of the match.

5. Aleksandre Burduli – Georgia

Georgia’s impressive lock Aleksandre Burduli topped the standings in his position for defenders beaten (5), line breaks (2) and metres made (97).

6. Ross Vintcent – Italy

Italy captain Ross Vintcent was at his imperious best in the win over England, scoring a terrific try with a fantastic line off a ruck.

Vintcent stole twice as many lineouts as any other player in the Summer Series and also made the joint-most line breaks of any forward, while only three forwards beat more defenders than the back rower.

7. Emeka Ilione – England

England captain Emeka Ilione won seven turnovers in the Summer Series, only two players won more, while only three players bettered his tally of 24 defensive rucks hit.

8. Beka Shvangiradze – Georgia

A constant force at the base of the scrum for the Junior Lelos, Beka Shvangiradze made 54 tackles, 10 more than any other player in the Summer Series.

Only three players made more carries than him (38) and he also beat nine defenders, more than any other Georgia player.