Alex Goode selects five Ireland players in his Six Nations 'Ultimate Team' 11 months ago

Alex Goode selects five Ireland players in his Six Nations 'Ultimate Team'

"He is a proven try-scorer."

The Six Nations countdown is on, and Alex Goode has helped set the scene for players that could light up the championship.

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Goode and his House of Rugby co-host Sean O'Brien were tasked with selecting a dream team with players from all this year's 2022 Six Nations squads available to chose from.

The Saracens star, who has featured in three Six Nations campaigns for England, has made his XV selection. It has five Irish players, four from France, two England and Scotland stars and one apiece for Italy and last year's champions, Wales.

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Alex Goode makes his Ultimate Team picks

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O'Brien took a crack at his Ultimate Team and stacked it with French and Irish stars. They made up 10 of the positions with England [three], Italy and Scotland [one each] taking up the last five.

Goode and O'Brien ended up agreeing on nine of their 15 selections, but the Sarries star differed with wingers, outhalf, loosehead and a pick each in the second and back rows. While O'Brien selected Scotland's Jamie Ritchie at blindside, Goode opted for Caelan Doris.

"The way Doris played in the autumn was just phenomenal, and I think he's going to take that confidence forward to the Six Nations," says Goode. "His athleticism and power are so useful, in the wide channels and in around 9, and he's a decent lineout option. He's only going to get better. He's quite new to the international set-up, and every time he plays, he seems to go up another level."

While O'Brien went for Marcus Smith at 10, Goode selected Scotland and Racing 92 dynamo Finn Russell. "We've seen a maturity from him since the Lions," he says, "but he still has that 'X' factor."

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As for the wings, Goode went for another Scotland player, Duhan van der Merwe, while "proven try-scorer" Josh Adams gets the No.11 jersey.

Alex Goode's Six Nations Ultimate Team

15. Hugo Keenan (Ireland)
14. Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland)
13. Robbie Henshaw (Ireland)
12. Virimi Vakatawa (France)
11. Josh Adams (Wales)
10. Finn Russell (Scotland)
9. Antoine Dupont (France)

1. Danilo Fischetti (Italy)
2. Rónan Kelleher (Ireland)
3. Tadhg Furlong (Ireland)
4. Maro Itoje (England)
5. Cameron Woki (France)
6. Caelan Doris (Ireland)
7. Tom Curry (England)
8. Gregory Alldritt (France)

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