Six must-have backs for your fantasy team in Round 2

After a fantastic opening round of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, all eyes now switch to Round 2 this coming weekend.

After a fantastic opening round of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations, all eyes now switch to Round 2 this coming weekend.

For those playing Guinness Six Nations Fantasy Rugby, there might be some difficult choices to make in the next couple of days about who you remove or introduce into your squad.

Last week we suggested backs such as Stuart Hogg, Garry Ringrose and Marcus Smith who all brought home some valuable points after a dramatic weekend of action.

And this week we have six more backs who you could consider for your squad ahead of another huge weekend of action.

Here are our picks ahead of Round 2:

Freddie Steward (England)

Despite only making his international debut last year, Freddie Steward has become an integral part of the England fold and impressed despite his side’s opening defeat to Scotland.

The full-back had never played an England match outside Twickenham before this year and his potential for the rest of the year, and the rest of the Championships, is staggering.

Though he is widely recognised as one of the best talents in Europe, Steward will only set you back 12.7 stars if you want to bring him into your fantasy team.

With a big match against Italy coming this weekend, Steward is definitely one to consider for your team.

Tomos Williams (Wales)

Another big bargain for Round 2 would be Wales star Tomos Williams, who will set you back only 11 stars should you include him in your team.

Despite losing to Ireland 29-7 on Saturday, the scrum-half was one of his nation’s strongest performers and has developed into a reliable figure for Wayne Pivac.

It will be another tough test for Williams and Wales this week when they host Scotland, but it is this kind of crunch clash that he has become adept at in the past few seasons.

If you’re looking for a cheaper option that will still likely bring you in a good return, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than Williams.

Finn Russell (Scotland)

After being at his dazzling best in Scotland’s opening match against England, Finn Russell will surely be in high demand ahead of Round 2.

Russell scored a conversion and two penalties on Saturday and it was his tactical kicking late on that allowed Scotland to defend the Calcutta Cup.

And although Scotland face a tough trip to face Wales at Principality Stadium this weekend, it is hard to bet against the 29-year-old putting in another solid display.

At a cost of 16 stars he is not the cheapest choice, but is certainly a choice that you can rely on.

Mack Hansen (Ireland)

Mack Hansen was one of the most impressive performers of the weekend, being named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Match on his Ireland debut in a 29-7 win over Wales on Saturday.

And anyone who picked him for their fantasy team would have been rewarded, with the winger earning 82.1 points after his incredible performance.

Despite that standout display, he is still an absolute bargain, setting you back just 11.5 stars if you want to bring him in for Round 2.

If Hansen’s performance against France is anything like his performance against Wales, fantasy team owners will be well-rewarded.

Gabin Villière (France)

No one scored more points in week one than Gabin Villière, who brought home a staggering 125.4 points for those who included him in their team for Round 1.

Villière starred in France’s win over Italy on Sunday, becoming the first Frenchman since Vincent Clerc in 2008 to score a Guinness Six Nations hat-trick in a 37-10 win over Italy.

After such a performance the winger will be full of confidence heading into the rest of the Championship, and ahead of this weekend’s clash against Ireland.

It is unlikely that he will score another hat-trick, but for 17.5 stars Villière would be a strong choice for anyone looking to get more points.

Paolo Garbisi (Italy)

Paolo Garbisi scored a penalty and conversion in Italy’s loss to France on Sunday but that undersells his importance to the Azzurri.

Despite only being 21 he has already made 14 appearances for his country and is one of the most consistent performers in Italy’s squad. It was Garbisi’s pinpoint kick that set up Tommaso Menoncello for a debut try in Paris.

The fly-half will be kicking any conversion and penalty opportunities Italy get when they host England in Rome this weekend, and it is likely that he will get on the scoreboard more than once.

If you are looking for a reliable point scorer, picking Garbisi at a cost of only 12.7 stars would not be a bad choice.