Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby: Five must-have forwards for the final two rounds of the Championship

Tom Curry celebrates scoring their first try with teammates 23/2/2019
We’re three-fifths of the way through Rugby’s Greatest Championship and with Round Four on the horizon, time is running out for Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby managers to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

We’re three-fifths of the way through Rugby’s Greatest Championship and with Round Four on the horizon, time is running out for Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby managers to pull a rabbit out of the hat.

But with two mouth-watering rounds still on the menu as the destination of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations crown is decided, there’s still time to draft in a star player or two to bolster your chances of glory.

The most expensive forwards on the game are Peter O’Mahony and Alun Wyn Jones, and if you can find room for them then of course, they are must-haves.

But here we dig a little deeper and give you our five best value forwards to target for the rest of the Championship.


There really is only one place to start here and that is with flanker Tom Curry.

The openside flanker, originally valued at only 10.6 stars, has climbed to 13.4 but still remains an absolute bargain.

He is, after all, the top-scoring forward in the entire game in this, his first-ever Championship.

But at 13.4 stars, and with Scotland and Italy to come to Twickenham in the final two rounds, he is a must-have.

There are a whopping 24 forwards in the game that are still more expensive than Curry, nine of them flankers, so strike while the Curry is hot.

Sticking with the Red Rose, and their favourable fixture list means now is a good time to look to get a few more forwards into the team.

Kyle Sinckler might have garnered the column inches for his rush of blood to the head in the second half of England’s loss to Wales last time out but before that, he was irrepressible.

The tighthead made tackle after tackle, won penalties in the scrum, and showcased the handling of a pack with tip on and spin passes to try and unlock the Welsh defence.

He is the second top-scoring prop on the game, and with Mako Vunipola out for the Championship, is set for an even bigger role if Cardiff is anything to go by.

Expect the prop’s rise to continue and at 13.6 stars is still cheaper than three Irish props, and worth finding a space for in your team.

Scotland’s form appears to have hit the buffers in the last two rounds as injuries have started to bite.

But in the front row, the ever-present Stuart McInally continues to get through mountains of work.

Only the seventh-most expensive hooker on the game, but the third top points-scorer, the Edinburgh No.2 will be key to Scotland’s hopes in Round Four.

He has made 32 tackles already in the Championship and that number will have to climb if they are to end Wales’ Grand Slam dreams at BT Murrayfield.

Fraser Brown is back fit and pushing hard but McInally has made the No.2 shirt his own with his fine form for both club and country.

At the start of the Championship, we tipped up Demba Bamba as one to watch.

At 9.4 stars he represented fantastic value and, while only 20, has grown into his first-ever Guinness Six Nations.

He started against England in Le Crunch after coming off the bench against Wales – but it was in Round Three that he really marked himself out as one to watch.

His man-of-the-match award in the win over Scotland was more than justified as he carried and scrummaged like a bus.

His value is up now to 11.2 stars on the back of those showings but there remain 15 props in the game more expensive than Bamba.

And if Les Bleus have turned a corner, as they appear to have in downing Scotland, maybe now is the time to get him in your team.

Adam Beard holds an impressive record in international rugby.

Now 11 Tests into his Wales career, the Ospreys lock is still waiting to taste defeat for the first time.

He came off the bench in the final moments of Wales’ victory over England in Cardiff in Round Three to protect their lead.

And with the news that Cory Hill is now out for the rest of the Championship, Beard should get his chance in the next round against Scotland.

At 10.7 stars for an unbeaten Wales side chasing a Grand Slam – there are 21 locks more expensive than him in the game – he seems too good to miss out on.

He is a monster in the carry and the tackle and will need to get through plenty of work if you think Wales can emerge victorious at BT Murrayfield.