It’s not long until the Championship gets underway, and as all six teams compete for the title, a parallel competition reflects all the drama, excitement and bragging rights that occur on the pitch: Six Nations Fantasy Rugby.
As the anticipation builds for another thrilling edition of the Guinness Men’s Six Nations, fantasy enthusiasts are gearing up for a season of strategic brilliance, tactical knowhow, and the sheer joy of seeing their chosen players light up the scoreboard.
In further exciting news, Fantasy Rugby Geek will be back once again this year to guide you through it all – from fantasy experts to complete novices. Until then, the prices for some high-flying backs have been revealed:
Bundee Aki, Centre: 17*
Ireland’s formidable midfielder is a fantasy favourite for his dynamic playing style and ability to rack up points. Aki's physicality and relentless tackling make him a consistent source of defensive points, while his prowess in breaking opposition lines adds a scoring dimension. Known for his offloading game and astute decision-making, Aki is often thereabouts at try time. Aki’s heavy involvement in Ireland's attacking play will likely result in points, potentially making him a popular asset for any fantasy rugby team.
Finn Russell, Fly-Half: 19*
The maestro orchestrating Scotland's free-flowing attack will be on the radar of many a fantasy player. Renowned for his creative flair, pinpoint kicks and exceptional vision, Russell has the ability to unlock opposition defences with his strategic – and occasionally gung-ho – approach. Russell is often at the heart of try-scoring opportunities. His role as a primary kicker also adds to his fantasy value, with the potential for significant points from successful conversions and penalties. He might prove to be an indispensable asset for those seeking a playmaker capable of turning matches on his own.
Marcus Smith, Fly-Half: 17*
Smith’s many talents are without doubt. The only question is if or where Steve Borthwick plays him (fly-half or fullback?). His displays on the club scene are often nothing short of spectacular, making him an exciting prospect in fantasy rugby. As a playmaker, he possesses the vision to create try-scoring opportunities and the skills to execute them with aplomb make him a purist’s favourite. His aforementioned versatility could also him a reliable choice for your fantasy team.
Ange Capuozzo, Back Three: 17*
The most dynamic of utility backs for Italy, Ange Capuozzo always brings versatility and flair to the game. His agility, speed, and ability to exploit gaps in the opposition defence make him a potent try-scoring threat. Whether deployed on the wing or at fullback, his knack for breaking tackles and creating line breaks could result in valuable points. His innate capacity to capitalise on counterattacks further enhances his appeal. New Italy head coach Gonzalo Quesada is likely to ensure his star man gets as much ball as possible.
Josh Adams, Back Three: 15*
The prolific Welsh winger might turn out to be a fantasy rugby dream with his exceptional try-scoring ability. Renowned for his finishing abilities and astute positioning, Adams often finds himself in prime locations for scoring chances. His strong running and powers of evasion make him a constant threat to the opposition defence. If the Welsh pack can secure a good platform for their back three, Adams could flourish in the 2024 campaign. With another Lions tour on the horizon, we can expect a hungry Adams to turn up, which might spell gold for fantasy players.
Gaël Fickou, Centre: 17*
A player with a point to prove after France’s travails in 2023, Fickou is an intriguing prospect for this year’s game. Les Bleus’ defensive captain holds that role for a reason, but it’s easy to forget how effective he is in attack too – and has been ever since bursting onto the scene with Toulouse as a teenager. As the fulcrum of the French midfield, he’s invariably involved in orchestrating try-scoring opportunities, so we can expect him to earn points across the park should he flourish as fans hope he will.
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