Six Nations Fantasy Tips: Nine returning stars and how much they cost
Planet Rugby continues to preview the upcoming round of Six Nations Fantasy, providing tips for your squad ahead of the weekend’s action.
Following the fallow week, we look through the players returning for each team and how much they will cost you.
Courtney Lawes – 14.4 stars
The long-awaited return of Lawes to the England pack could take place this weekend.
Lawes has proved his fitness and is in contention to feature this weekend against Wales.
The 33-year-old could slip into the XV at lock or back row. However, he is listed in the Fantasy game as a second-rower. He comes at a relatively high price of 14.4 stars, the eighth most expensive lock in the game.
He is, however, 2.7 stars cheaper than teammate Maro Itoje.
The likes of Tom Curry and George Ford were in line for returns but have been released from the squad to prepare for the match.
Dan Sheehan – 15.9 stars
The most expensive hooker in the game. Sheehan returns to full fitness and will likely feature in the matchday squad, whether starting or on the bench.
The 24-year-old scored a mammoth 58.1 points against Wales in the opening match. No hooker averages more points per game than the Ireland star.
Cian Healy – 12.4 stars
An experienced campaigner returns for Andy Farrell’s side, with Healy back to full fitness in what could be his final Six Nations campaign.
The 35-year-old is among the most expensive, non-starting props among the ranked table-topping sides.
The Irish pack performed well in the opening two games, and it is unlikely that Healy will come into the starting lineup. However, he could pack a hefty punch off the bench.
Scott Penny – 10 stars
Leinster flanker Scott Penny is one of three uncapped players in the Ireland squad. Tadhg Beirne’s injury is one of the reasons that Penny has been called up.
A powerhouse over the ball and strong with the ball in hand, Penny could be a handy selection at a cut price. However, it is more likely that Cian Prendergast, Jack Conan and Gavin Coombes will get a shot against the Azzurri.
Kieran Treadwell – 8.5 stars
A surprising exclusion from Farrell’s initial Six Nations squad, but Kieran Treadwell returns after a strong outing for Ulster against Glasgow Warriors.
H was used as a replacement in the wins over New Zealand in July last year and the November victory over South Africa. The 27-year-old could make a splash at a real cut price.
The second-rower is a hard-working defender that could quickly rack up an impressive tackle count. With Beirne and Joe McCarthy ruled out of the clash, Treadwell has a decent shot at making the matchday squad.
Joey Carbery- 14.3 stars
Andy Farrell has been one of the busier coaches making changes to his squad during the fallow week.
With Johnny Sexton nursing an injury he picked up against France, Carbery returns as cover for the Ireland captain.
His recall takes the number of fly-halves in the squad up to four, with Ross Byrne (11.4 stars) and Jack Crowley (8.7 stars).
Carbery slipped down the pecking order for Ireland before the Six Nations, but after an impressive performance against the Ospreys in the United Rugby Championship, has he forced Farrell’s hand enough? Or will we see Byrne or Crowley take the number 10 jersey if Sexton is not fit to start?
Paolo Garbisi – 12.6 stars
The Italian playmaker is back! Garbisi was ruled out of the opening two fixtures through injury. However, he made his return for Montpellier during the Six Nations fallow week.
Garbisi was a crucial cog in the Italian team last year and was pivotal to the Azzurri’s success over Wales. The 22-year-old has game management abilities beyond his years and is a tempting option at fly-half for 12.6 stars.
Those who had Tommy Allan (12.4 stars) in their team could simply make the switch, with Garbisi likely to take over the role in the starting XV.
Garbisi will probably be the second-cheapest starting fly-half this weekend if Sexton misses the clash.
He made a rapid return for Montpellier, assisting a try in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch.
Hamish Watson – 15.4 stars
Watson has been in the Scotland squad throughout the competition but is likely to make his return to the matchday side this week.
The superstar openside flanker recently returned from injury, starting just one game – against the Sharks – before the squad was named.
This weekend, Gregor Townsend released Watson to feature for Edinburgh, and he did not disappoint. In a busy 64-minute performance, he assisted a try, gained 17 metres from three carries and made 10 passes and two offloads.
He also made a turnover and 11 tackles.
Louis Rees-Zammit – 15.4 stars
Wales will be out to turn their fortunes around this weekend when they host England. The return of the high-flying Rees-Zammit has boosted their chances.
He made a blockbuster return from injury for Gloucester, coming off the bench against Leicester Tigers. He played 36 minutes, gained 78 metres from four carries, beat three defenders, scored a try and almost grabbed another.
A superstar and one you may want to back despite the relatively hefty price tag of 15.4 stars.
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