Fantasy Rugby: Five must-have forwards this weekend

France’s Demba Bamba  10/1/2019
After a brief hiatus, the Guinness Six Nations returns with three mouth-watering games this weekend.

After a brief hiatus, the Guinness Six Nations returns with three mouth-watering games this weekend.

Early pace-setters England head to Cardiff to face another unbeaten side in Wales while France host Scotland and champions Ireland travel to Italy.

Here are five must-have forwards for your Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby team ahead of the Round Three return.

Demba Bamba 9.4

A key performer in France’s Under-20 World Cup win last year, highly-rated tighthead prop Bamba is now starting to make his mark for Jacques Brunel’s first string too.

Powerful in collision and a threat in the loose, the 20-year-old serves as a potential differential for Fantasy managers looking for a budget option in the pack.

And with France welcoming Scotland to Paris this weekend with something of a point to prove, Bamba seems perfectly poised to rack up the points in front of his home crowd.

Arthur Iturria 9.9

One of the shining lights for Brunel’s side France so far, versatile Clermont forward Iturria offers another budget option for Fantasy managers looking to preserve their funds for big-money additions in the backs.

A reliable ball-carrier and a regular tackler, Iturria has all the tools he needs to shine both on the field and in the Fantasy stakes at the Stade de France.

Managers may well look to cash ahead of his home fixture against Scotland.


Mark Wilson 13.8

This has been a breakthrough Six Nations campaign for Wilson, who along with fellow back-row Tom Curry, has quietly gone about improving England’s fortunes at the breakdown.

Against France, no player at Twickenham made or completed more tackles than the Newcastle Falcon, while Wilson also played a vital role at ruck-time.

A revitalised England back-row may well be set for a serious test of their credentials by a finely-tuned Welsh unit but in Wilson, Fantasy managers know they have a player who will not hide from the confrontation.

Expect him to put in another selfless display in Cardiff.

Jack Conan 12.4

For those unwilling to shell out the 13.8 stars on Wilson, Ireland No. 8 Conan may well the the man.

Two tries in just four Champions Cup starts for Leinster outline the 26-year-old’s try-scoring ability, while he is also a stoic figure in defence.

Whether from the start or the bench, Conan’s industry means he could be set for a big haul against Italy in Rome this weekend.

Braam Steyn 10.7

Italy flanker Steyn is primed to play a headline role for Conor O’Shea’s team this weekend after shining against Wales last time out.

The flanker chipped in with a try, 22 completed tackles and played a decisive role around the fringes as the Italians pushed Wales to the limit in Rome.

At 10.7 stars, Steyn is definitely worth a punt for managers looking for a reliable points scorer at a budget price.