The Six Nations concludes this weekend, with France still seeking the Grand Slam in what has been a thrilling and action-packed tournament.
This year’s tournament has seen its fair share of incidents, and it’s become synonymous with terms like “all good things must come to an end” and “heroes emerge from the most improbable of places” in the midst of battle.
This Six Nations will be remembered for its historic results, upsets, and high-stakes encounters for the rest of time.
New heroes arose, dazzling the crowd with their magnificent performances for their various national teams, and left the audience speechless. They became a vital part of their team and a large piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
However, a number of players who were expected to steal the show absolutely disappointed the crowd. They were considered the most important members of their teams, yet they turned into a burden and a problem for their respective teams.
Finn Russell (Scotland)
If constancy is the mark of the unimaginative, Russell can take heart. On a good day, the Scotland fly-half can turn a game with a magnificent flash of creativity. On other days, entire matches seem to slip him by, and that pretty much sums up his Six Nations experience.
Charlie Ewels (England)
He made his first significant impact in international rugby when he was sent off after 82 seconds. It’s not ideal.
Paolo Garbisi (Italy)
Although it may appear harsh, the Italian playmaker was positioned as being superior to clubmate Handre Pollard in the build-up to the tournament.
Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)
He’s down significantly from last year due to a Lions tour hangover. It’s undoubtedly a stumbling block for Rees-Zammit, but his Saturday try against Northampton Saints demonstrates that the setback hasn’t dimmed his attacking flair.