Six Nations Rugby | Guinness Sixx Notions Fantasy Rugby Round Preview: Round 5

The final date for the kick-off in the Wales vs Italy match has been set – Saturday 2.15pm March 19, so there is still plenty of time for those important changes.

The battle for the championship is still underway, as well as a three-way battle for the third, so much more to play. So what a great time to look at what your team did best in the tournament before the finals.

The stars of the show

James Lowe solidified his place as one of the stars of the 2022 Guinness Six Nations when he won the Player of the Round award in Round 4.

His early efforts helped Ireland on their way to a 32-15 memorable victory at Tottenham.

The effort followed a brace against Italy, and the winger cost 12 stars before racking up 17.5 in Round 1, making him the fifth most expensive player.

He will try to add to his troupe in a victory against Scotland on Saturday, and then hopes England can beat France for a full weekend for Leicester.

But the one that stands out between him and the Championship trophy is the French side, led both symbolically and literally by Antoine Dupont.

The World Rugby Player of the Year is enjoying a good campaign, which includes the Player of the Round award for helping him destroy Scotland’s Les Bliss 36-17.

He is the most expensive player on the board at 20.2 stars, just ahead of Stuart Hague of Scotland.

As good as France’s free-flowing attacking rugby has been, the side has been equally affected.

Gregory Aldert is the most expensive forward at 17.5 stars. He leads the way for the number of cars in the tournament and may be well worth the investment when he faces England’s defense likely to still suffer from Ireland’s defeat.

The battle for the highest effort scorer

Like the Championship itself, France are a slight favorite to top individual effort-scoring charts.

Damien Payne and Gabon Velaire’s innings are currently equal with Ireland’s Louis on three scores.

Damien Payne

Wheeler has led the way since Round 1 but has not been included in the group since the hat-trick against Italy in the opening weekend.

He is coming off a cheap three out of 15.8 stars, but Penn State has scored in both of their last two games against England, so can justify the extra cost at 17.4 stars.

Last year’s standout winger Duhan van der Merwe was suspended but the same British and Irish Lions and last year’s breakout star, Louis Reese-Zammit, were available for 14.6 stars.

Last minute deals

At this late stage where each point counts it is worth considering those that may have gone down the radar but could make all the difference in Round 5.

The best choices may come from Wales, who are pushing for third place finishes and the Principality Stadium celebrates Alon One Jones’ 150th and Dan Biggar’s 100th Wales caps.

Numbers on weekends on Super Saturday

The Welsh return to the Welsh midfield for the first appearance of the Holloway tournament. He will see an immediate impact against Italy and will nail the 12 jerseys, so the backlash at 12.8 stars can be had.

Also worth noting is Gareth Davis, who launches Scrum-Eight for the first time this campaign. He scored when Azzurri last visited Wales at the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup and is only available for 12.0 stars.

If you have reached your maximum allotment for Wales players, then Scotland Wing Stan may appeal for 13.3 stars. He scored 77 meters against Italy and has been awarded the second consecutive start in Dublin.

The most selected player

Wales pride themselves on top of the most selected players this week as fans pledge their hopes on a productive display against Italy.

Louis Rees-Zammit is at the top of the list as Wayne Pewick shows a renewed faith in the young flyer for his visit to Tottenham, Wales.

Wells Louis Reese-Zammit

Josh Adams is second on the list with 15.1 stars, the same back as Dan Biggar (14.6 stars) and Tulip Faletto (15.0 stars).

Most players gave up

Marcus Smith has been picked up by many fans before the final round. Despite topping the overall points chart in the tournament, it seems that the opposition’s criteria will be met this weekend, preventing fans from retaining the flyoff.

Scotland duo Darcy Graham and Stuart Hogg are at the top of the list though both men got on the scoresheet in Italy last weekend. As is the case with Smith, a difficult journey away can explain their removal.

Captain

Choosing a smart captain can make all the difference and help you pick some important extra points in the final round.

On paper, Welsh backers appear to be smart terms as they aim to end their campaign against Italy.

But they have registered only five attempts so far in this campaign, and only one of their scorers, Josh Adams, starts this weekend.

Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship – Recent winner

So the form could be combined with Irish stars who have consistently produced in the last seven weeks. Louis (17.5 stars), Hugo Keenan (17.1 stars) and Mike Hansen (13.4 stars) have all crossed at least once.

Need a bonus point with Andy Farrell’s side to really ease the pressure on France, an Irish trio could prove to be a great meeting.