Fantasy Rugby: Five must-have backs this weekend

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Here we go – Round Five of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations is on the horizon.

Here we go – Round Five of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations is on the horizon.

And while Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones and Joe Schmidt will all hold hope that they can achieve glory this coming weekend, so will the thousands of Guinness Six Nations Fantasy managers all also vying for success.

Fantasy managers will doubtless be poring over the options in front of them as they look to craft the perfect XV so to try and help you make a decision, here are five must-have backs that could give you the edge you need.

Joe Cokanasiga – 14.0

On his first-ever Guinness Six Nations start in Round Four, Joe Cokanasiga caught the eye in no uncertain terms.

The England powerhouse put on a spectacular show of his talents as he bamboozled Italy with finesse and ferocity in equal measure and the 21-year-old could be in position to cause Scotland headache after headache at Twickenham this weekend.

Cokanasiga racked up a hearty 92.9 points in Round Four and he’s currently the eighth-most expensive wing option heading into Round Five.

He offers an intriguing option in comparison to the likes of the expensive Jonny May, Jacob Stockdale and George North.

Tommaso Allan – 10.7

There are 15 fly-halves more expensive than Italy’s Tommaso Allan but he heads into Round Five as the joint second-highest points-scorer in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations so far.

As far as bang for your buck, are there many better economical options than the Azzurri’s No.10?

Not just a threat from the tee, Allan’s skillset also includes try-scoring nous, as he demonstrated against England in Round Four by going over not long after Jamie George had fired the hosts into the lead.

Allan could cut loose at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend and it may well be worth bringing him into the fold.

Antoine Dupont – 13.6

With France’s Round Four clash with Italy expected to be a high-scoring affair, scrum-half Antoine Dupont could be a key cog in Les Bleus’ machine.

The talented 22-year-old offers a well-rounded threat, having made 163 metres in three appearances so far in the 2019 Guinness Six Nations while also racking up his fair share of tackles.

Dupont has consistently outshone some of his more experienced teammates and if he continues his form against Italy, he could prove well worth every one of the 13.6 stars it costs to draft him into your starting XV.

Josh Adams – 16.3

One of the pricier options available, clocking in as the 10th-most expensive player in Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby, Josh Adams nonetheless represents a major opportunity for anyone looking for an out-and-out wing wizard.

The 23-year-old has been in fearsome form so far, totting up three tries including a superb effort against Scotland last time out, and has made 232 metres to date in this year’s Championship.

If you’re backing Wales to complete the Grand Slam in Round Five, then you surely have to back flyer Adams – who is 2.3 stars cheaper than Jonny May – as one of the top-tier options for this coming weekend.

Jonny May – 18.5

At 18.5 stars, England ace Jonny May is currently listed as the most expensive player in the game – but can you afford not to splash out on one of the stars of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations so far?

Wing May is the Championship’s top try-scorer so far, having dotted down five times.

He’s also scored four of those tries in two outings at Twickenham and with Scotland set to visit London in Round Five, expect the rampaging 28-year-old to be champing at the bit to fill his boots once again.

It may not be the most leftfield of suggestions – but can you really taste glory without May in your side?