Fantasy Rugby 2018: Week five Six Nations preview

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Former England centre Tom May and former Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson discuss which players they will chose for their Fantasy Rugby sides for the week five fixtures. (2:51)

Ireland may have secured the Six Nations title with a game to spare but it remains all to play for for many fans heading into the final round of ESPN Fantasy Rugby 2018.

Joe Schmidt's side are still motivated by the carrot of completing a rare Grand Slam and Triple Crown on St. Patrick's Day if they can hand England their third consecutive defeat of the tournament.

That could see England drop to as low as fifth, depending on other results, as Wales host France in Cardiff and Scotland look to finish the Six Nations with a flourish against Italy.

ESPN pinpoints where your eyes need to be trained for this weekend's games.


Mar. 17, 12.30 p.m. GMT - Italy vs. Scotland

Mar. 17, 2.45 p.m. GMT - England vs. Ireland

Mar. 17, 5.00 p.m. GMT - Wales vs. France

Where am I going to score points?

The first and the third fixture on Saturday have real potential to be open affairs while the tantalising clash at Twickenham looks like it could be a battle of attrition.

Scotland will be disappointed with how things went for them in Dublin last week, but they have a chance to end the Six Nations on a real high against an Italian side that has proven to be leaky in defence.

Consider the likes of Stuart Hogg and Huw Jones when making your selections, while Wales wing George North showed great form last week and is worth a shot against the unpredictable French.

Tries might be hard to come by at Twickenham however, so when it comes to your forward pack think of the players who are always making tackles. George Kruis and CJ Stander could also make a meaningful contribution.

Who should I transfer out?

Eddie Jones has been dealt two further injury setbacks with England's bruising duo of Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes both set for lengthy spells on the sideline due to knee injuries.

Lawes in particular has been a real powerhouse in the fantasy game this season, registering 22 points which is just behind Wales' Cory Hill for the most by a second row.

Despite being one of the consistent performers for Scotland with a minimum of four fantasy points each round, front row Stuart McInally has been dropped to the bench as Gregor Towsend hands a start to Fraser Brown.

Who should I bring in?

You're probably kicking yourself if you haven't put him in your squad already but Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale has been on fire this Six Nations and is worth having in case he's among the tries again.

He's the top fantasy points earner for the competition alongside Owen Farrell -- all the more impressive considering he isn't a goal-kicker -- after scoring six tries in his last three games.

Tommy Seymour returns on the wing for Scotland and surely the British & Irish Lion won't go through the entire tournament without scoring at least one try.

Who should be my kicker?

Greig Laidlaw's been knocking them over ever since his reintroduction to Scotland's starting side in the second round of the Six Nations and he should get ample opportunity against Italy in Rome.

While the Azzurri can be tricky at home, they have conceded 43 points per game this tournament and with Scotland's exciting backline there should be plenty of tries and therefore conversions for the scrum-half.

One would imagine it will be quite tight at Twickenham as England look to deny Ireland a Grand Slam, which Joe Schmidt's side denied them last year. That could see a kicking duel take place between Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell.