The Guinness Six Nations is fast approaching, which can mean only one thing – it’s fantasy rugby time.
The 2022 Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby game has launched, so it’s time to start planning your team with the opening player values now released.
It is no surprise that the most expensive full-back in the game is Scotland’s record try scorer and captain, Stuart Hogg.
The flying No.15 scored two tries in last year’s Championship, as well as slotting six conversions, which made him the sixth top scorer in the Championship. If you want to select Hogg though, he will set you back a whopping 18 stars.
And if you’re hunting a bargain, perhaps look no further than England’s incredibly talented Freddie Steward, who despite not yet featuring in a Guinness Six Nations match did score twice in the Autumn Nations Series and looks good value at 13 stars.
Again, it is no surprise to see that the most expensive wingers in the game this year are some of the best performers from a year ago.
Often one of the toughest positions to choose due to the number of quality centres in the Guinness Six Nations, the midfielders this year are jam-packed with raw talent.
He costs marginally more than a whole group of 16 star centres, Welshman Jonathan Davies, French duo Virimi Vakatawa and Gael Fickou and Ireland’s Gary Ringrose.
With Owen Farrell out injured and Manu Tuilagi not yet fit, it seems that Joe Marchant could emerge as a must-have bargain option at 13 stars, unless you believe his young Harlequins teammate Luke Northmore (9 stars) will be Eddie Jones’ choice at 13.
Another position that is extremely difficult to choose, fly-halves can often be the key position in fantasy due to those extra kicking points.
The reigning World Rugby Player of the Year and 2020 Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship, Antoine Dupont, is unsurprisingly the most expensive player in fantasy Guinness Six Nations rugby 2022.
Into the forwards, and another unsurprising most expensive back row option is last year’s Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship Hamish Watson.
Maro Itoje is the joint second most expensive player in the game at 18 stars and his unmatched scoring potential from lock could see him become a very popular pick once again.
Often the last position put in, props can cause selection headaches, especially if it comes down to a decision between players just one or two stars apart.
And last but very much not least is the hooker selection. Jamie George is the most expensive hooker in the game this year, setting you back 14 stars, but a whole load of men who will don the No.2 jersey come in at just one less.
If you look to the Azzurri, you can find a starting hooker for just eight stars, in the form of Hame Faiva or Gianmarco Lucchesi – depending which one gets the nod against France in Round 1.
So now you’re appraised of the key values but if you’re suffering from selection headaches, fear not. We’ll be providing handy Fantasy Rugby hints and tips throughout the competition, so keep an eye on www.sixnationsrugby.com to steal a march on your mates!
Whoever comes out on top overall, following in the footsteps of Thomas The Bantengine in 2021, will earn the ultimate prize – two tickets to a 2023 match of your choice, flights within Europe and one-night hotel accommodation (for two people).