The 2015 Six Nations looks to be one of the strongest yet in terms of fly halves with each nation having at least one quality player competing for the number 10 shirt…
This Six Nations is absolutely huge for Ford as he looks to establish himself as England’s number one option at fly half. If he is given the chance and proves himself there is every chance he will lead England into the World Cup. Although a few question marks remain, he has largely addressed the key areas of concern and looks to be a much more creative option than England’s other options at 10.
Italy have gone through a string of options in the number 10 jersey over the last few years but look set to put their hopes on New Zealand born stand-off Kelly Haimona. Although Haimona may be a little unpredictable at times he has proven he can add a bit of spark to the Italian backline and will be hoping to nail down his position ahead of the World Cup.
In Lopez it looks like France have finally found the fly half they have been looking for. Composed under pressure and capable of moments of magic, Lopez looks like he could be the key to unlocking France’s dangerous backline. With Clermont currently flying in the Top 14 Lopez will be hoping to carry his domestic form onto the international stage during the Six Nations.
Biggar now looks to have firmly establish himself as Wales first choice fly half, however he is going to have to hold off a number of contenders over the next nine months to ensure he holds onto the 10 shirt for the World Cup. However, if Biggar can maintain his current form he should have no trouble retaining the shirt during both the Six Nations and World Cup.
Under Vern Cotter Scotland seem to have found a new lease of life, especially when going forward, thanks at least in part to young Glasgow fly half Finn Russell. The Warriors stand-off has been in excellent form for club and country over the last 12 months and looks to be the man to finally get Scotland’s backline firing on all cylinders.
In Johnny Sexton, Ireland possess one of the best fly halves in the world right now. Although not quite the complete package, Sexton has one of the most rounded skill sets of any fly half in the Northern Hemisphere and will be hoping to continue his good form from the Autumn Internationals through into the World Cup later this year.
2015 looks set to be a huge year for Owen Farrell as he looks to hold onto his place in England’s starting line-up. On current form it looks like George Ford will be first choice 10 for England so Farrell will have to do everything in his power to try and wrestle back the 10 shirt during the Six Nations or risk losing his spot for the World Cup.
Allen was billed to be the future of Italian rugby ahead of last years Six Nations, however he largely failed to live up to expectations during the tournament. This time around he comes in with less expectation as second choice to Haimona, however given chance he could yet prove that he has what it takes to orchestrate the Italian back line during the World Cup.
With Dan Biggar looking like Warren Gatland’s first choice fly half, Anscombe faces an uphill battle to break into the Welsh starting XV. Despite this, he is still very much one to watch as Gatland is believed to have been instrumental in bringing him to the Welsh capital so obviously believes he offers something the current options don’t.
Tales has had a mixed time playing for his national side as his career has somewhat stuttered of late. Despite this, when on form he is still one of France’s best stand-offs and will likely be pushing Camille Lopez hard for the opportunity to start a game during this years Six Nations. Despite Castres terrible start to the season Saint-Andre clearly still sees Tales as being a part of his plans.
Which of these fly halves do you think will stand out during the Six Nations?