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Presenter Christina Mahon selects her Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby team

Presenter Christina Mahon selects her Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby team

Presenter Christina Mahon selects her Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby team

Presenter Christina Mahon has picked her XV for the latest instalment of Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby.

Round 1 kicks off on Saturday with Scotland hosting Fiji at BT Murrayfield Stadium in the first of five blockbuster Saturday fixtures.

England then host Argentina on Sunday and Mahon is backing Eddie Jones’ men to impress, with three of his squad included.

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‘Baby Rhino’ Ellis Genge is Mahon’s first pick, having enjoyed a stellar start to his first season back with Bristol Bears and will cost 15.0 stars.

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He is joined in the front row by Malcolm Marx, the game’s most expensive hooker, and prop counterpart Tadhg Furlong.

It’s a formidable looking second row in the form of Tadhg Beirne (17.0 stars) and Maro Itoje (18.0 stars), with South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth the only lock dearer than the towering pair Mahon has selected.

A balanced back row starts with South Africa captain Siya Kolisi (16.0 stars) who is now the second most captained Springbok, having led his country on 41 occasions.

Hamish Watson and Ardie Savea who are both bound to be popular picks, don’t come cheap, costing Fantasy Rugby players 17.0 stars each.

Antoine Dupont and Johnny Sexton (both 19.0 stars) form a mouth-watering half-back pairing and both will be key if their respective teams are to unlock southern hemisphere defences throughout November.

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Manu Tuilagi (17.0 stars) scored his first Autumn Nations Series try a decade ago against Fiji in a 54-12 win and Mahon is backing him to get back on the score sheet this year.

He is paired with New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane (18.0 stars), and the pair could well go head-to-head when the All Blacks travel to Twickenham on 19 November.

No team is complete without a frightening quick back three and Mahon’s XV is no exception, with the ever-lively Jack Nowell (12.0 stars) in on the wing as he lines up for a first Autumn Nations Series appearance since 2018.

He is joined by Louis Rees-Zammit (18.0 stars), who registered a try and an assist in his final Gallagher Premiership Rugby game for Gloucester Rugby prior to joining the Wales squad, and Stuart Hogg (19.0 stars), who is the game’s most expensive full-back.

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