International Round-up: May, Farrell & Biggar star on second Six Nations weekend
A host of Gallagher Premiership Rugby stars were on show during the Six Nations, as the championship rolled into its second weekend.
England continued their perfect start as their side packed with Premiership players gave a ruthless performance against France.
Meanwhile Wales also kept up their unbeaten start to their campaign by beating Italy but Scotland lost out to Ireland.
Here’s a round up of those players who shone on the second weekend of Six Nations action.
May’s the man for England
Leicester Tigers winger Jonny May stole the show as England eased past France 44-8 at Twickenham in Round Two of the Six Nations.
He was one of a host of Gallagher Premiership Rugby stars to shine as England secured top spot in the table with two bonus-point wins from two.
The Tigers man latched onto a grubber through from Elliot Daly early on to touch down, before adding a second as he stepped around Damian Penaud.
May completed his first-half treble as he gathered a grubber kick from Sale Sharks’ Chris Ashton.
Exeter Chiefs man Henry Slade scored for the second weekend in a row as he secured England’s bonus point before the break.
In the second period Ashton looked set to add a score of his own but he was tackled without the ball by Gael Fickou, so referee Nigel Owens awarded a penalty try before Owen Farrell added one of his own.
It was a special afternoon for Wasps man Dan Robson – who came off the bench late on to make his England debut.
Biggar provides the backbone
Meanwhile, was a heavy Gallagher Premiership Rugby influence in Rome where Wales beat Italy 26-15.
Northampton Saints’ Dan Biggar provided 14 points with the boot, while marshalling his backline to victory.
Worcester Warriors winger Josh Adams made 68 metres on 12 carries, as well as scoring a try in the second half.
Despite not scoring his back three partners Jonah Holmes (Leicester Tigers) and Liam Williams (Saracens) made 72 metres and 42 metres respectively.
Wasps’ Thomas Young made his mark in the back row as he made his first Six Nations start, registering 15 tackles and seven carries.
Strauss stands up
Josh Strauss led the defensive work as Scotland were beaten 22-13 by Ireland at Murrayfield.
The Sale Sharks back-rower, starting at No.8, made 25 tackles as well as seventeen carries for 44 metres with ball in hand.