Fantasy Rugby: Five must-have backs this weekend

As the 2019 Guinness Six Nations gears up for what should be another breath-taking round of rugby, you only have a few days to finalise your Fantasy Rugby side.

As the 2019 Guinness Six Nations gears up for what should be another breath-taking round of rugby, you only have a few days to finalise your Fantasy Rugby side.

If you’re worried your team has got off to a sluggish start, or you simply want to ram home the advantage against your friends, then you’ve come to the right place.

We all love the battle at the breakdown, but the backs are where the big points can be found – here’s five must-haves for this weekend.

Robbie Henshaw – 14.4

Ireland will head to BT Murrayfield with plenty to prove after their opening defeat against England.

After slotting in at full-back for just the second time in Irish colours during the 32-20 defeat, Robbie Henshaw’s versatility could see coach Joe Schmidt move the 25-year-old to his more familiar outside centre position in the absence of Garry Ringrose.

The boys in green will be looking for an immediate response and Henshaw’s power and versatility should be a useful asset for Schmidt’s side in their efforts to rediscover the form that took them to #2 in the world.

Blair Kinghorn – 14.5

It would be foolish to look beyond Kinghorn after his record-breaking display in the opening round of the Guinness Six Nations.

After crossing three times against the Azzurri, the Edinburgh man became the first Scot in Six Nations history to claim a hat-trick.

The former Heart of Midlothian youth player also has pedigree against visitors Ireland – scoring his country’s only try in last year’s contest from the right wing.

The 22-year-old should be a serious consideration, with Scotland winning three of their last four home fixtures versus Ireland.

Gareth Anscombe – 13.6

Speaking of fly-halves, Anscombe has some serious value.

The Cardiff Blues player started ahead of the more experienced Dan Biggar in Paris and has been backed by Wales legend Jamie Roberts to retain his place against Italy.

The Welsh side will be reaching for their passports for the second week in succession as a trip to the Stadio Olimpico looms, but an inspired second-half performance against the French extended their winning run to ten.

Anscombe’s price of 13.6 represents some serious value in his position, provided Warren Gatland sticks with the 27-year-old in Round Two.

Gareth Davies – 13.6

Lining up with the same value as his Welsh team-mate, Gareth Davies could be the risky pick of the round.

But high risk often brings high reward and despite not making Warren Gatland’s starting XV in France, Davies came off the bench to blistering effect, beating two defenders in his 28-minute cameo – only Liam Williams boasted a higher figure in Welsh colours.

The Scarlets star started all five of last year’s fixtures, notching two tries, and will be determined to get himself a starting berth on Saturday.

Henry Slade – 15.1

The Plymouth-born centre brought the 2019 Guinness Six Nations to life for England fans as he doubled his international try-scoring tally in Dublin.

The Exeter Chiefs man was at his dynamic best last week, breaking lines and brilliantly intercepting Johnny Sexton’s pass to score his second try.

His acquisition for your fantasy team will now come at a cost – he is the most expensive centre in-game – but a rousing Twickenham crowd could stir Slade and co to another clinical performance against the French come Sunday.

If Slade’s high price is too much for you, then fellow centre Wesley Fofana, who hopes to line up against England at Twickenham and is more appealing at 12.9 stars – he scored an unforgettable solo try in England during the 2013 campaign and brings a wealth of experience to France’s backs.