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Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby Round Preview: Round 1

Autumn Nations Series Fantasy Rugby Round Preview: Round 1

2022 Autumn International, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh 29/10/2022 Scotland vs Australia Australia’s Folau Fainga’a and Nic White celebrate at the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The 2022 Autumn Nations Series is firing on all cylinders this weekend, so it is once again time to pick your Fantasy Rugby squad.

The final deadline is set for the 3pm kick-offs on Saturday 5 November, so there is still ample time to make those all-important changes.

With 12 teams involved across six fixtures, some tough decisions need to be made, and with so much to play for, what better time to look at who is set for a stunning Autumn Nations Series?

STARS OF THE SHOW

The 19.0-star club is an elite collective of the world’s best rugby players.

France’s Antoine Dupont is among the group of the most expensive players in Fantasy Rugby after cementing his place as the elite scrum-half in world rugby.

A value of 19.0 stars is a just reward for Johnny Sexton after 13 years of pulling the strings in Ireland’s backline.

Stuart Hogg may no longer be Scotland’s captain, but he is still their talisman and he is also still one of the most expensive players in the game.

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As is Eben Etzebeth, who is also valued at 19.0 stars after another impressive set of performances during South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign.

BATTLE FOR TOP TRY-SCORER

All eyes will be on Louis Rees-Zammit (18.0 stars) when Wales take on New Zealand this weekend.

He will be key to Wayne Pivac’s hopes of ending the 69-year wait for a win against the All Blacks.

On a personal level, Rees-Zammit will want to continue his fine try-scoring form on the international stage having scored eight tries in 19 appearances.

Louis Rees-Zammit is tackled by Siya Kolisi

France’s Damian Penaud (17.0) will also have his eyes on the top try scorer prize.

The wing wizard was crucial as France won their 10th Grand Slam during the 2022 Guinness Six Nations.

And from the southern hemisphere, Cheslin Kolbe (16.0) is bound to be a constant threat from full-back during South Africa’s mouth-watering clash with Ireland.

LAST MINUTE BARGAINS

At this late stage where every point counts, it is worth considering those who might have gone under the radar but could make all the difference in Round 1.

Chris Harris will start at centre for Scotland against Fiji, and he is available for just 13.0 stars.

12.0 stars for a starting All Black is an outstanding bit of business, so you should also jump at the chance to get Samisoni Taukei’aho in your team.

MOST PICKED PLAYERS

Unsurprisingly, Dupont is the most selected player in Fantasy Rugby ahead of Round 1.

Ardie Savea (17.0) is just behind him in second after a set of dominant displays in this summer’s Rugby Championship.

He is joined by fellow All Black Rieko Ioane, who has no doubt tempted Fantasy Rugby players with his record of 32 tries in 56 games for New Zealand.

Fans clearly back Cheslin Kolbe to score plenty of tries this Autumn, with the Springbok currently sitting in fourth.

And Hogg’s return after missing out on Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series opener against Australia sees him round out the most picked rankings in fifth.

CAPTAIN

A smart captain pick could make all the difference and help pick up a few crucial extra points.

England take on Argentina in Round 1 and are favourites ahead of the game at Twickenham.

For that reason, it may be worth backing the likes of Manu Tuilagi, Joe Cokanasiga or Marcus Smith to get on the scoresheet.

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