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Ireland’s James Lowe has won the race to be named the fans’ Player of the Round - by just two votes!

The outstanding winger was his usual irrepressible self in Sunday’s Guinness Men’s Six Nations round two match against Italy, where his excellent solo try was just the tip of the iceberg of the 31-year-old's all-round performance.

However, Lowe had seriously strong competition from Wales’ Tommy Reffell, who put in a remarkable display in what was ultimately a losing cause against England at Twickenham. Fans voted in their thousands, making such a narrow victory all the more astonishing.

Unsurprisingly, it is the closest vote yet - with Gaël Fickou (France) and Ben Earl (England) also in the running - underlining Reffell’s rising star in the game (The Observer even going so far as to hail the 24-year-old ‘a towering beacon of light in dark times for Wales’), while Lowe continues to impress against all comers.

The two men will more than likely face one another next weekend when Ireland welcome Wales to Dublin for round three of the Championship. The contrasting fortunes of the two teams see Ireland unbeaten so far, with Wales having narrowly lost each of their opening matches.

Wales v Ireland, Saturday 24th February, 14:15, Aviva Stadium