Fantasy Rugby: Six must-have backs for your team in Round 5

Josh Adams scores a try despite Mattia Bellini 13/3/2021
Super Saturday is almost here and that means it’s your last chance to stick or twist with your Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby team for another year.

Super Saturday is almost here and that means it’s your last chance to stick or twist with your Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby team for another year.

The final round of the Championship always promises plenty of tries as the six teams jostle for the highest possible finish, so selection will be key for Fantasy Rugby players.

Scotland welcome Italy in the Round 5 curtain-raiser and attack will be on the mind of both sides as they look to climb the standings with a victory at BT Murrayfield.

Six must-have forwards for your Fantasy Rugby team in Round 5

Attention will then turn to Dublin for the latest meeting between England and Ireland at the Aviva Stadium after both demonstrated their flair in impressive victories last time out.

But the prime-time slot will be occupied by the two teams who are still in contention for the title, with Wales looking to secure the Grand Slam against France in Paris.

And for those of you looking to finish your Fantasy Rugby challenge on a high, we’ve brought together the six must-have backs you need in your team this weekend.

Stuart Hogg – Scotland

This selection is so obvious it almost doesn’t need an explanation but if you don’t already have him in your squad, then get Stuart Hogg in by any means possible.

The Scotland skipper has been in sensational form throughout the Championship, almost totting up 300 metres with the ball in hand and making a remarkable 15 tackle breaks.

He already has two tries to his name in the 2021 Guinness Six Nations and crossed the whitewash against Italy in Scotland’s win last year, so is more than worth his 17.7-star value.

His first start at No.10 against the Azzurri means guaranteed points.

Mattia Bellini – Italy

To balance the cost of a high-profile player like Hogg, you cannot go wrong with the selection of 27-year-old Mattia Bellini at 10.2 stars for a cheaper option on the wing.

Bellini missed Italy’s opening two games but returned against Ireland before starting the defeat to Wales, producing one of the standout performances for Franco Smith’s team in Rome.

If the contest against Scotland is as open as many expect it to be, don’t be surprised if Bellini causes the hosts all sorts of problems with his pace and dancing feet in a display of champagne rugby.

Jonny May – England

While their title defence has not gone as planned, England have gradually improved throughout the 2021 Guinness Six Nations and looked back to somewhere near their best against France.

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One of the keys to their success against Les Bleus was their attack, which, after lying dormant for the opening couple of games, really came to life in the 23-20 win at Twickenham.

That brings us to Jonny May, who despite only scoring once so far this year, has previous against Ireland and could well be the man to unlock Andy Farrell’s side at 15.8 stars.

Robbie Henshaw – Ireland

Ireland will be looking to finish their Championship on a high against England as they bid for three consecutive wins and Robbie Henshaw will be vital to their cause in Dublin.

The centre may be valued at 17.0 stars but he is worth the outlay, having been one of Ireland’s shining lights of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations in his midfield partnership with Garry Ringrose.

Ringrose will miss the game through injury but that shouldn’t slow Henshaw, who has racked up 30 tackles, 279 metres with the ball in hand and one try from four appearances.

Antoine Dupont – France

If France are to derail Wales’ Grand Slam ambitions and keep their own title hopes alive in Paris, then Antoine Dupont will most likely be at the heart of a Les Bleus triumph.

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The scrum-half is always in the thick of the action, orchestrating the France attack from the first whistle to last, and already has one Player of the Match award to his name this year.

With 18 tackles, seven tackle breaks, 158 metres with the ball and two tries to his name from three games, Dupont’s figures show why is so highly valued at 17.5 stars as he offers an attacking skillset unmatched by any other No.9.

Josh Adams – Wales

You may be tempted to opt for Louis Rees-Zammit and for good reason after the Championship he has enjoyed to date, but Josh Adams as 16.9 stars is a must-have for this weekend.

Having missed Wales’ opening two games, Adams scored a try against England and Italy – as well as narrowly missing out on a second against the Azzurri – to show his value to Wayne Pivac on the wing as one of the most dangerous finishers in the game.

Adams has also carried the ball for 135 metres, made four tackle breaks and three dominant tackles in his two appearances to only further enhance his case for selection.