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The five best bargain buys for your Autumn Nations Series Fantasy team

The five best bargain buys for your Autumn Nations Series Fantasy team

The five best bargain buys for your Autumn Nations Series Fantasy team

The clock is ticking towards the start of another thrilling Autumn Nations Series and with it comes the chance for Fantasy glory.

Every seasoned Fantasy Rugby player knows the key to success is striking a balance between value and star quality.

And under-the-radar players are vital in providing the funds for a manager to secure big name signings.

So here are our top tips for the best bargain buys this autumn.

Tommy Reffell (Wales)

Tommy Reffell has been churning out top class performances for Leicester Tigers for the last two seasons, earning him a first Wales call-up for their tour to South Africa this summer.

And the Premiership champion didn’t fail to deliver, putting in a player-of-the-match display in the second Test to help his country claim their first win over the Springboks on their own turf.

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The young flanker won plaudits for his all-action running, tough tackling and dominance at the breakdown.

Welsh legend Shane Williams predicted an almighty battle between Reffell and Justin Tipuric when the Ospreys openside returns to full fitness.

But if the 23-year-old can hold off Tipuric, expect him to offer unbelievable bang for your buck.

Jack Willis (England)

There were 17 months between Jack Willis’ third and fourth England cap.

The 25-year-old sandwiched an accolade-laden 2019/20 Premiership campaign with two catastrophic knee injuries that kept the Wasps flanker out of Eddie Jones’ squad until this summer.

Willis was the Premiership Player of the Season the year he made his debut against Georgia in November 2020.

And after an arduous road to recovery, he looks back to his tackling and jackaling best for his club side, making his long-awaited international return in the summer series decider against Australia.

Willis almost scored in his four-minute cameo, and if he stays injury free through to November, he is sure to add to his two-try tally.

Thomas Gallo (Argentina)

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It has been an exceptional summer for Argentina and Benetton loosehead Thomas Gallo.

They sit top of the Rugby Championship after three rounds, having shocked Australia and New Zealand in successive matches.

And the 23-year-old from Argentina was immense in the former, dotting down twice against the Wallabies to help inflict the biggest-ever defeat on their opponents.

Gallo was awarded the Player of the Match and while he struggled somewhat against the All Blacks, he is likely to pick up points by crossing the whitewash.

The prop has four tries from seven appearances for Los Pumas and two from five at Under-20s level.

Canan Moodie (South Africa)

One of South Africa’s most exciting talents is also one of their most versatile.

Canan Moodie will make his international debut against the Wallabies this weekend, as the Springboks look to win for the first time on Australian soil since 2013.

The teenager can play at wing, centre and full-back, displacing World Cup winner Warrick Gelant to the replacements bench for Saturday.

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber has put his faith in the youngster after he impressed with his maturity and coachability in training.

There may be many more opportunities to impress if he carries on his form for United Rugby Championship finalists Bulls.

Tommaso Menoncello (Italy)

Another bright spark to make their breakthrough this year is 20-year-old Tommaso Menoncello.

The Benetton centre became the youngest try-scorer in Six Nations history when he crossed the whitewash on his debut against France.

Before that, he had been a revelation in the URC, having touched down four times in seven matches for the Treviso team.

And in the summer Menoncello continued his scoring form with a double against Romania and the opener away to Georgia.

With the Fantasy game heavily rewarding try-scorers, Menoncello could be an all-important differential in your side.

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