We are at the halfway mark in this year’s 6 Nations and fantasy rugby is heating up as players rise or fall in stock, here’s who to keep an eye on this week.
France have named a much-changed team to the one that lost to England two weeks ago and it may be worth investing a bit in some of their player’s who need to bounce back to winning ways.
Romain Ntamack has been called in at number 10 and at only 11.5 stars may be worth a punt in any team, alongside him is Antoine Dupont who costs 12.8 stars.
Other players to consider are the likes of Gael Fickou, 13.7 stars, Yoann Huget, 13.2 stars, and Louis Picamoles, 14 stars, who are all hoping to carry France to a first win in this season’s competition.
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Although the Scotland team is missing some big hitters, there are still some standout performers that would be good on any team.
Greig Laidlaw, 14.3 stars, is always putting in a shift and will most likely be kicking any penalties that could come the Scots way and with France’s indiscipline he could rack up the points.
With Stuarts Hogg missing out, Blair Kinghorn, 14.3 stars, has got a huge opportunity and scored a hat-trick on the opening weekend so would be well worth splashing the cash on.
Sam Johnson, 12.2 stars, has been in fine form for the boys in Blue, as well as the warrior that is Jonny Gray, 12.5 stars, who will be sure to make a number of tackles against the French.
BREAKING | Scotland make four changes to face France in this Saturday's Guinness Six Nations Test in Paris.
🔄 Pete Horne for Finn Russell
🔄 Magnus Bradbury for Ryan Wilson
🔄 Nick Grigg for Huw Jones
🔄 Blair Kinghorn for Stuart Hogg
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) February 21, 2019
The big clash of the weekend is Wales vs England, with the three most expensive players in the game amongst the two rivals.
For England Jonny May, 18.7 stars, has been in incredible form, and if you have the cash go for him. While Owen Farrell, 17.6 stars, never really has a poor game so would be a good man to have on your side.
Other men to think of would be Jack Nowell, 14.4 stars, who is back in the team following Chris Ashton’s injury and will be looking to make his mark. Billy Vunipola, 16.1 stars, has announced that he will be hoping to get back to his best against the Welsh, so could be one to watch.
Courtney Lawes, 15.8 stars, and Henry Slade, 16 stars, are another couple to add to the wish list. The problem with the English players is that they cost so much due to their impressive start to the campaign.
BREAKING | Your England team to face Wales on Saturday in the #GuinnessSixNations
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) February 21, 2019
Wales’ George North is the third most expensive player at 17 stars, and is always one to keep an eye on, while inside him Jonathan Davies, 15.2 stars, is another who is sure to put in a huge shift against the men in white.
In the pack, the likes of Josh Navidi, 15 stars, Justin Tipuric, 13.4 stars, and captain Alun Wyn Jones, 15.7 stars, will all be putting in a mammoth amount of work and could gain a lot of point for their hard work.
#GuinnessSixNations Team News 🏉
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 21, 2019
People may be reluctant to have many Italians on their team but if they are going to cause an upset here are the men they need to be firing on all cylinders.
Michele Campagnaro, 11.9 stars, even in the defeats they have had he has been outstanding, as has Abraham Steyn, 10.7 stars.
While captain Leonardo Ghiraldini, 11.8 stars, and fly-half Tomasso Allan, 11 stars, will need to lead their backs and forwards respectively if they are to have any hope of getting a result against the reigning champions.
— Italrugby (@Federugby) February 22, 2019
As for the Irish they have a few outstanding players available such as Jacob Stockdale, 16.4 stars, Peter O’Mahony, 15.2 stars, Johnny Sexton, 15.1 stars, Sean O’Brien, 13.7 stars.
An outside shout is Ultan Dillane who has been outstanding over the past couple of weeks and is a steal at 9 stars.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 22, 2019
In terms of the bench, Joe Cokanasiga, 10.6 stars, Ali Price, 11.3 stars, Maxime Medard, 13.4 stars, Dan Bigger, 15.8 stars, Ian McKinley, 9.5 stars, and Josh Van Der Flier, 11.1 stars, are the top picks of each team’s benches.
We will have to wait and see what this round brings but for now here’s your guide.
All You Need to Know About RugbyX
The inaugural RugbyX tournament is fast approaching and here’s everything we know so far
The first ever RugbyX tournament takes place on October 29th at the O2 in London and things are heating up ahead of the competition.
Earlier this week TRM confirmed the final team line-up and the draw as to who will play who.
While in the women’s event there are only four nations involved so there will be two semi-finals which see England take on France and the USA face Ireland.
The day will be split into two sessions, the afternoon session between 4pm and 6pm, and the evening session between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.
In the opening session the men’s group stage will take place along with the women’s semi-finals, with the men’s quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, along with the women’s 3rd/4th place play-off and final taking place in the evening.
The sport has selected teams that are among the leading Sevens Nations in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and there are a number of stars already confirmed for the tournament.
Among them are England’s Dan Norton, who is the all-time leading try-scorer in the sevens game, USA’s double world player of the year Perry Baker and France’s Terry Bouhraoua.
While England’s women’s captain Abbie Brown will be among the women stars on show.
Speaking on RugbyX World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper believes that this will help grow rugby as a sport.
“The sanctioning of RugbyX marks an exciting step on World Rugby’s journey towards making the sport more accessible, providing an important entry point for new audiences to experience the joy, speed and skill of rugby in an indoor arena environment. Innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any sport and RugbyX presents a great opportunity to capitalise on increasing global interest in the days immediately preceding the Rugby World Cup final in Japan,” he said.
The new sport has the core fundamentals of full contact rugby with variations on certain laws to make the game faster in a five vs five match.
For example, there are quick-tap restarts on the goal-line, with no conversions. While there no line-outs as they are replaced by quick throw-ins from the team in possession during the 10 minute games that feature no half-time.
Six to be Added to Hall of Fame
Six legends of the game will be entering the World Rugby Hall of Fame later this year
World Rugby have confirmed that there will be a total of six new faces added to the World Rugby Hall of Fame on November 3rd this year.
World Rugby Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Sir Bill Beaumont has congratulated all of the newcomers and has recognised them as key figures in the game.
“Our beloved game of rugby would not be what it is today without the contributions of remarkable trailblazers, men and women, who form the World Rugby Hall of Fame. They are players and coaches, true legends of the game that have embodied our values and will continue to inspire generations to come. On behalf of the rugby family, I would like to recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of this year’s six new inductees, Richie McCaw, Shiggy Konno, Os du Randt, Peter Fatialofa, Graham Henry and Diego Ormaechea for their outstanding career and thank them for their immense footprint on our game. We look forward to honouring them in November at what promises to be a very special night,” he said.
The players have been chosen due to their outstanding contribution to the sport throughout their careers, while they have also shown the key characteristics of the sport in passion, integrity, solidarity, discipline and respect.
All will be added to the Hall of Fame at the World Rugby Awards which take place on November the 3rd, following the final of the Rugby World Cup the day previous. The ceremony will be held in The Prince Park Tower in Tokyo with McCaw, Henry and Ormaechea expected to attend the event.
London Irish Omit Jackson from Squad
London Irish have decided against handing Paddy Jackson his debut this week to avoid controversy
It had been previously reported that Jackson could be in line for his debut for the Exiles against the men from southern Ireland. However, a number of people had expressed plans to protest if he played on Irish shores once more leading to the Premiership clubs’ decision.
Jackson, who was found not guilty during his high-profile court case in Belfast last year, was also left behind for a trip to Ireland by former employers Perpignan when they travelled to face Connacht in Galway during the Challenge Cup.
The fly-half’s move to the English side has also sparked debate among fans and has seen long-term sponsors Diageo cancel their deal with them.
Only last week the club’s head coach Declan Kidney backed Jackson for success with his new side but there is no doubt that whether that happens or not there will be bumps along the way.
In his absence Irish have selected Stephen Myler and Jacob Atkins as the options at out-half for the annual Jack Wakefield Memorial Trophy match.
While Jackson will have to wait until at least the 21st of September to play in his first game when they head to Kingsholm to face Gloucester.
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