XV's Tony Curtis names his team of the weekend from the second round of matches in the RBS Six Nations

Last Updated: 14/02/11 9:43am

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England and France are left with their Grand Slam dreams in one piece after week two of this season's RBS Six Nations.

England threw down the marker to Les Bleus ahead of their clash at Twickenham with a 50-point showing against Italy.

Winger Chris Ashton led the way with a record-breaking performance - but boss Martin Johnson will have been impressed with the display of the team as a whole.

France came through a tricky encounter in Dublin as they edged out Ireland, although it wasn't pretty. Ireland's ill-discipline certainly helped Marc Lievremont's side, however the hosts came close to snatching the win late on.

The other match of the weekend saw Wales end their long run without a win by seeing off Scotland at Murrayfield.

The Welsh showed a dogged side as they frustrated Scotland with 13 men at one stage, leaving coach Warren Gatland breathing a sigh of relief.

Following all the action, rugby union expert Tony Curtis names his team of the weekend - so feel free to let us know your views via the form below...

15 Sean Lamont (Scotland)

The only Scot that can hold his head high after a disappointing day at Murrayfield. Lamont initially began on the bench but he entered the fray after 20 minutes and quickly proved why he should be in the starting XV with some strong running and a telling tackle on Jamie Roberts.

14 Chris Ashton (England)

His swan dive certainly won't be his swansong, despite Martin Johnson's tongue-in-cheek comments. Ashton produced the display of the weekend as he ran in four tries to underline his talent as the form winger in the game.

13 Aurelien Rougerie (France)

The France centre retains his place in the XV for the second week after a powerful performance in Dublin. He ran hard and was able to keep Brian O'Driscoll quiet.

12 Jonathan Davies (Wales)

The Scarlets centre is quickly establishing himself as one of the top backs in the world. He picked his attacking lines well and offloaded brilliantly to keep Wales on the front foot, while he had a hand in Shane Williams' second try.

11 Shane Williams (Wales)

The wing wizard was a threat throughout with the ball in hand and was rewarded with two tries. Williams, though, also worked hard across the park as he helped prevent Scotland making the most of their two-man advantage.

10 Toby Flood (England)

A tough call for the No.10 shirt, with both Flood and James Hook catching the eye. Flood, though, just edges it as he shredded the Italy defence with some incisive breaks. The Tigers ace is currently on top of his game.

9 Ben Youngs (England)

The Leicester youngster kept England on the front foot throughout at Twickenham. He was a menace to the Italy defence, while he has formed a superb understanding with Flood.

1 Alex Corbisiero (England)

Called into the England side at late notice due to injury to Andrew Sheridan, the London Irish prop rose to the challenge of tackling Italy's fearsome front row. Corbisiero marked his debut by outshining the vastly experienced Martin Castrogiovanni.

2 Matthew Rees (Wales)

Things could have gone horribly wrong for Rees as he saw his team reduced to 13 men, however the Wales captain kept his cool and led from the front to frustrate Scotland.

3 Mike Ross (Ireland)

Having seen France demolish the Scottish front-row last time out, the Ireland pack must have feared the worst in Dublin. However Cian Healy, Rory Best and Ross, in particular, stood up to the task to negate the threat.

4 Paul O'Connell (Ireland)

O'Connell showed once again why he is crucial to Ireland's hopes with a barnstorming display in Dublin. So unlucky to be on the losing side as his performance deserved so much more.

5 Tom Palmer (England)

Another faultless performance from the England lock. He got stuck in around the breakdown, was the 'go to' man at the lineout and had some strong runs to drive Italy back.

6 Thierry Dusautoir (France)

The France captain ran hard into the Ireland defence at Lansdowne Road while his work at the breakdown can't be underestimated.

7 Sam Warburton (Wales)

Warburton is proving that there is life after Martin Williams as he put in some telling tackles to leave the Scotland attack frustrated. A tireless display from the Blues flanker.

8 Imanol Harinordoquy (France)

A good day for the No.8s, with Nick Easter, Ryan Jones, Jamie Heaslip and Sergio Parisse all putting in notable displays. However Harinordoquy earns his place in the side after marshalling France to victory, while he was a threat in the lineout throughout.

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