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Three Irishmen made the all-time Five/Six Nations XV of this English newspaper

It’s tough to narrow it down to just fifteen but The Telegraph gave it a go.

Brian O'Driscoll Source: James Crombie/INPHO

THE SIX NATIONS is only a few days away and the build-up is in full flow. Media outlets are doing a lot of preview pieces to whet fans’ appetite ahead of this Friday’s opener and The Telegraph put together an all-time Five/Six Nations XV.

It is a tough task given the tournament is over 100 years old but they gave it a good go. People will always feel their country were robbed but for Ireland to get three players into the team seems like a fair enough return.

This is the side they chose.

15. Serge Blanco (France)

14. Gerald Davies (Wales)

13. Philippe Sella (France)

12. Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

11. David Duckham (England)

10. Jonny Wilkinson (England)

9. Gareth Edwards (Wales)

1. Ian McLauchlan (Scotland)

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2. Keith Wood (Ireland)

3. Graham Price (Wales)

4. Willie John McBride (Ireland)

5. Martin Johnson (England)

6. Richard Hill (England)

7. John-Pierre Rives (France)

8. Mervyn Davies (Wales)

Willie John McBride over Paul O’Connell was a big shout and the inclusion of David Duckham over speedsters like Shane Williams and Jason Robinson could also be questioned but it’s very tough to pick just 15 players.

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