With 30 teams entered this year, new boy Will takes the lead after the first round, and heads the Hall of Fame in three categories already, but we’ve seen it all before and the question is, “can he stay ahead?” It’s early days, and the top eight are only separated by 100 points, but already there have been a few simple errors at the bottom, like not selecting players who are playing, or even forgetting to select a team!
It looks like too many people chose with their heart and not their heads, as the glamour boys of England, Wales and Scotland were heavily backed to do well. In the end the big scorers were the wingmen from across the Channel supported by the Irish three-quarters, whilst only one each from England and Wales made the top 15 scorers.
The big scorer of the first round was Gabin Villiere, who started his rugby career at Rouen, playing at scrum-half, centre and then wing. Villiere played for France’s Sevens team for three years before switching to 15 a side, when he joined Top 14 side Toulon in 2019, and he won his first Test cap in November 2020 against Italy.
There’s still a long way to go and some big scores will be out there later in the competition, as last year saw several teams scoring 900 plus points in the later rounds and Beanies Babes surpassing 1000 on the last day of the tournament.
Cash Prizes have been allocated, and you can win yourself £100 if you finish top with £50 and £25 to the runners up – so please let me know your real identity and Team Name by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week the two tournament favourites meet in Paris, whilst England have a chance to score big points in Rome. All you have to do is work out who the players are going to be with the dancing feet and who can keep their hands on the ball – simple?
Wales v Scotland…. (Cardiff)…. Saturday, Feb 12th …. 2.15pm
France v Ireland…. (Paris)…. Saturday, Feb 12th …. 4.45pm
Italy v England…. (Rome)…. Sunday, Feb 13th …. 3pm