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Opta Team of the Championship named

Opta Team of the Championship named

The numbers have been crunched and the verdict is in.

There were no shortage of superb individual displays in this year’s TikTok Women’s Six Nations and the team at Opta have now used their statistics to name their Team of the Championship.

Here’s who makes the cut…

15 – Chloe Rollie (Scotland)

Rollie beat more defenders (41) than any other player in the 2023 Championship.

She also and ranked second for metres gained (441m), behind only Abby Dow, as well as crossing for three tries.

14 – Abby Dow (England)

Dow gained more metres (580) than any other player and scored six tries as the Red Roses secured the Grand Slam – a tally beaten only by her captain, Marlier Packer (7).

Dow’s 11 line breaks were the most of any player and her tally of 29 defenders beaten was only surpassed by the aforementioned Rollie.

13 – Marine Menager (France)

Menager was the only centre to gain more than 200 metres (236), also beating 17 defenders and making six breaks along the way.

Her gainline success rate of 86% was the best of anyone in the Championship.

12 – Gabrielle Vernier (France)

An all-French midfield is completed by this year’s Player of the Championship.

Vernier scored five tries, only failing to score against Wales. She was the only player to play every minute for France and made more carries (45), breaks (7) and offloads (8) than any other centre.

11 – Claudia MacDonald (England)

MacDonald scored four tries and beat 21 defenders across four appearances.

Her average gain of 122m per 80 minutes was the best of any player.

10 – Holly Aitchison (England)

Aitchison was the only England player to play every minute of their Championship-winning campaign.

She assisted a competition-high six tries and averaged 29 metres per kick from hand, the best rate of any of the 10 players with more than 20 kicks.

9 – Pauline Bourdon (France)

Bourdon scored three and assisted a further five tries for Les Bleues in 2023.

Only Abby Dow (9) was directly involved in more tries than the French scrum-half, who averaged the best minutes per try involvement of any player to feature for 80+ minutes this year (one every 32 minutes).

1 – Gwenllian Pyrs (Wales)

Pyrs scored three tries in the 2023 W6N and also made the most carries by any front-rower (50).

She also completed 32 of her 34 tackles and won four turnovers.

2 – Lana Skeldon (Scotland)

Skeldon scored four tries in the TikTok Women’s Six Nations, the most for Scotland and joint-most by any front-rower (Sisilia Tuipulotu).

The hooker also made the joint-fourth most tackles (73).

3 – Sarah Bern (England)

Bern assisted the most tries of any forward (3), regularly popping up in the England backline to help retain their momentum in attack.

She ranked second for metres gained (282), defenders beaten (14) and breaks (5) amongst forwards in this year’s Championship.

4 – Zoe Aldcroft (England)

Aldcroft managed a 97% tackle success rate (61/63), the third best rate of anyone to make 50 or more tackles.

She also won the second-most lineouts (25) in the Championship and was one of just 10 players to make 50+ carries and 50+ tackles in the Championship.

5 – Georgia Evans (Wales)

Evans recorded a 96% tackle success rate (69/72), eight of which were dominant hits – only Sara Tounesi (13) made more in the Championship.

Evans also ranked third for carries (69) and hit the second-most rucks (154) of any player.

6 – Sadia Kabeya (England)

Kabeya beat more defenders (16) than any other forward in the 2023 W6N, also ranking second for dominant tackles (8) overall.

The flanker was- another of the 10 players to make 50+ carries and 50+ tackles in the Championship while her gainline success rate of 81% was the best of any forward to make 20+ carries.

7 – Marlie Packer (England)

Not only did Packer captain England to another Grand Slam, she was also the top ranking player in the tournament.

She was the top try scorer (7), made more carries (71) than any other player, ranked joint-fourth for most tackles (73) and won the most turnovers (7).

8 – Evie Gallagher (Scotland)

Gallagher ranked second for tackles (81) and fifth for carries (64).

She also won four turnovers and had the second-most defensive ruck arrivals (47).