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Vote for your Autumn Nations Series Player of the Week – Round Three

Vote for your Autumn Nations Series Player of the Week – Round Three

The Autumn Nations Series brings the world’s best players together and they certainly delivered in week three with some scintillating displays and four are in contention to be named Player of the Week.

This weekend Ireland claimed a massive win over New Zealand, while England beat Australia at Twickenham and world champions South Africa outmuscled Scotland at BT Murrayfield.

On Sunday, France got the better of Georgia while Wales overcame a spirited Fiji side at the Principality Stadium.

With that in mind, it’s time to vote for the Player of the Week with an Ireland back-row and winger, England’s full-back and a South African lock all in the running.

Caelan Doris (Ireland)

Doris moments

Caelan Doris has endured a stop-start beginning to his Ireland career, but the Leinster back-rower was at his very best in the win against the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium.

Having suffered with several concussions, Doris is trialling a new scrum cap and it seems to be working for the blindside flanker after a phenomenal display against the world’s best side.

Doris was everywhere in his first Test against Ian Foster’s men and a second-half try was just rewards for his dominance as Ireland ran out 29-20 winners in front of a raucous Dublin crowd.

The pictures of Doris steaming through towards the New Zealand line will be one of the abiding memories of this historic victory and the 23-year-old was deservedly named Player of the Match.

James Lowe (Ireland)

New Zealand-born winger James Lowe admitted he dreamt as a youngster of turning out for the All Blacks and even represented the Maori but there was no questioning where his allegiance lay on Saturday.

Lowe scored the opener as Ireland recorded their third ever win against World Rugby’s No.1 side.

But it was a huge hit on opposition centre Rieko Ioane inside the final ten minutes, allowing Peter O’Mahony to win a turnover, that saw Lowe erupt in celebration with victory almost secure.

Ioane had scythed through the Irish defence in a threatening attack as New Zealand looked to stage a late comeback, but Lowe was in no mood to allow the All Blacks to claw their way back into the contest, capping a stirring performance.

Eben Etzebeth (South Africa)

Eben Etzebeth after the game

Trailing Scotland 10-8 at half-time at BT Murrayfield, South Africa did what they do best and squeezed the life out of their opponents after the break.

Second row Eben Etzebeth was at the heart of a typically brutal physical display as the Springboks secured a 30-15 win in Edinburgh.

Etzebeth was a nuisance in defence, regularly flying off the line to make dominant tackles and disrupt the Scottish attack with the likes of Finn Russell attempting to pull the strings.

Etzebeth is the most experienced player in the world champions’ squad and the 30-year-old put in a fitting performance, making eight tackles and carrying 12 times, in a terrific 80-minute showing.

Freddie Steward (England)

One man that has stood out for Eddie Jones’ ‘New England’ is Leicester Tigers full-back Freddie Steward.

Nicknamed Air Steward, the 20-year-old has been a class apart in his command of the high ball, looking far more assured than you would expect for someone with just four caps.

Steward hits lines, tackles hard and capped a fine all-round display against the Wallabies by putting the finishing touches on a scorching try that coach Jones described as one of the best he’s ever seen England score.

Tactically astute, Steward also spent plenty of time on the right wing as part of Jones’ fluid backline and was equally as threatening on both sides of the ball, enhancing his already burgeoning reputation.

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