France captain Guilhem Guirado had another stellar campaign in charge of Les Bleus and has been rewarded with a nomination for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations Player of the Championship.
The 31-year-old led France in the first four games of the campaign before injury kept him out of the finale in Cardiff.
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However across the first four matches, he was an inspirational figure, never more so than during the opening game against Ireland.
In that encounter he made 31 tackles – equalling the Championship record held by Luke Charteris – although France fell just short because of Johnny Sexton’s last-gasp drop goal.
He continued to lead from the front as France bounced back from defeat in Scotland with a morale-boosting success against Italy in Marseille – just down the road from club side Toulon.
And his final appearance came against England at the Stade de France as Les Bleus won Le Crunch 22-16, with Guirado’s break from a lineout setting up the only French try in the second half, while he continued to rack up the tackles, finishing with 69 in all.
While a knee injury denied him a chance of featuring against Wales, Guirado remains Jacques Brunel’s right-hand man, with the pair having first worked together when the hooker was coming through the ranks at Perpignan.