ESPN Fantasy Rugby: Team of the Six Nations

So, ESPN Fantasy Rugby has wrapped up for another year but before we lock up and turn off the lights, we thought we'd bring you this year's Team of the Tournament.

There are a few surprises included too, with Grand Slam winners Ireland only represented by two players while England and Wales boast four each.

Without further ado, here are the 15 players by position who would have won you most points this year.

Outside backs:

Jacob Stockdale, Ireland

50 points, 19.1% owned

The Ulster wing's stock [no pun intended] rose considerably in February and March as he became the first player to score seven tries in a single championship since the Five Nations became Six in 2000. It all started without fanfare in a three-point showing against France, but then 13 points came in each of the next three matches before his instinctive try at Twickenham helped seal the Grand Slam. Bravo.

Jonny May, England

42 points, 23.4% owned

It might have been a Six Nations to forget for England but the Leicester wing is one of four Englishmen in the Fantasy team of the tournament. May finished the championship with four tries, two assists and at least 50 metres made with ball in hand in all five of his appearances to rack up the points for the near-quarter of players who selected him.

Leigh Halfpenny, Wales

33 points (if selected as kicker), 38.8% owned

Halfpenny began the tournament with his place in the Wales team questioned but his performance in the opening-day win over Scotland -- in which he scored two tries and 18 Fantasy points -- meant that his absence through injury was cited as a reason for Wales' defeat to England seven days later. Started only three games but his super start, and solid boot, earned him a place in our back three.


Owen Farrell, England

48 points (if selected as kicker), 91.7% owned

Did not enjoy his best few weeks from the tee -- missing all three conversion attempts against Ireland -- but like Halfpenny, a solid opening performance set him up for a big-scoring championship. In all, Farrell scored two tries and laid on three more for teammates as he racked up 48 points. Not bad for a player who has supposedly mislaid his mojo.

Hadleigh Parkes, Wales

35 points, 11.9% owned

Parkes carried on where he left off in his Test debut against South Africa last December as he provided a try assist, made more than 50 metres and made five tackles as Wales beat Scotland on the opening weekend. The centre then enjoyed a bumper week four, scoring one try, laying on another, making more than 50 metre and five tackles to finish the match as man of the match.


Tomasso Allan, Italy

53 points (if selected as kicker), 1.7% owned

If you picked the Italy playmaker, and you had him kicking your goals, you should feel pretty smug reading this. Only 1,824 players selected Allan -- as opposed to 98,386 who had Farrell -- but he proved a strong pick as he finished the championship with a two-try man-of-the-match performance against Scotland that netted him 28 points and catapulted him into this team and ensured he pipped Stockdale as the game's highest scorer this year.


Greig Laidlaw, Scotland

45 points (if selected as kicker), 11% owned

Another player who started the Six Nations with question marks hanging over his head. He proved any doubters wrong as he kicked Scotland to victory over France in week two -- compiling 18 points in the process. Two assists and five tackles in the final-round win over Italy handed Laidlaw 14 points and gave him the No. 9 shirt in our team.

Front row

Guilhem Guirado, France

24 points, 67.9% owned

Despite playing only four matches, Guirado finishes the championship as the top-scoring front row. The France captain was arguably his side's player of the tournament. A man-of-the-match display against Ireland, in which he made more than five tackles, in week one earned him 13 points and made him difficult to beat in the fantasy stakes.

Mako Vunipola, England

21 points, 36.2% owned

It was a steady campaign for Vunipola personally, if not for England. The loosehead prop made at least 10 tackles in all five of his games over the last six weeks, and put in more than 15 in a mammoth effort against Wales. England's woes gave Vunipola plenty of tackle practice, clearly.

Rory Best, Ireland

20 points, 34.1% owned

Five starts, a try against Italy and at least five tackles against both Scotland and England were enough to get Ireland skipper Best into the team in what is a low-scoring position. A fitting way for the hooker to finish a memorable Six Nations.

Second row

Jonny Gray, Scotland

28 points, 42.2% owned

A herculean championship in defence is what has propelled Gray into the team of the tournament. The Scotland lock started every game for his country and made at least 20 tackles against England, Ireland and Italy. In the penultimate round against the Irish, Gray put in a barely believable 27 tackles. Brutal.

Cory Hill, Wales

28 points, 9% owned

Like Gray, Hill started every match of the championship for Wales. He was not quite such a tackling machine as his Scottish counterpart but put in at least 15 against England, Ireland France. The Dragons lock also scored a try against Italy.

Back row

Sam Simmonds, England

36 points, 17.1% owned

Simmonds only started three matches because of injury but earned his place in the team of the tournament thanks to a barnstorming performance for England in their opening-round win over Italy. Simmonds finished that game with 26 points, having made more than 20 tackles, 50 metres with ball in hand, scored two tries and provided an assist.

Aaron Shingler, Wales

33 points, 14.9% owned

Another back row who only started three matches, having been rested by Wales coach Warren Gatland against Italy and then coming off the bench to help his side beat France. But his impact on the first three matches was huge as he made 10 tackles in a man-of-the-match display against Scotland before making at least 15 and stealing a lineout against both England and Ireland.

John Barclay, Scotland

30 points, 12.9% owned

A steady start to the championship set Barclay up for a grandstand finish as he strode into the team of the tournament on the back of two impressive performances for Scotland. First up was a 28-tackle showing against Ireland as he even eclipsed Gray's defensive effort, before 13 tackles and a try gave him 12 points in final round against Italy.