The 2018 Six Nations is on the horizon, which means you’re running out of time to pick your fantasy rugby team.
Create your team, join private leagues and invite your friends to the Official RBS 6 Nations Fantasy Game.
Join here: http://fantasy.rbs6nations.com/
Pick players who play:
No matter how well someone played in their domestic, the Under-20 Championships or last season, if they are not guaranteed first-team game time there is little point in having them in the squad. Who will be first-choice in the back-row for Wales, for example, and how will’s Engand’s second-row look this year with Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje and George Kruis competing for two shirts?
Check the fixtures:
This is an important consideration at the start of the competition. It allows managers to pick a solid team that will perform well at the outset and which can be tinkered with once the season starts to take shape. Lean towards players whose teams have a relatively easy start.
Avoid injury doubts:
This is generally good advice, because in such a physical game if players rush back their chances of getting injured again definitely rises. They also won’t probably be firing on all cylinders. Definitely avoid if possible.
Don’t rely on one or two-star performers:
A handful of big names leavened with cheap no-hopers will not produce the goods. You want 15 players a week who can and will deliver points, meaning it’s all about finding good value for your money.
Don’t be loyal:
There is a temptation to pick players from the club you follow, which makes some sense as you probably know more about them. But picking your favourites does not always work and if they fail, you must be prepared to ditch them.
Kickers = Points:
Knowing which players will be taking the penalties and conversions is very useful as they have the potential to score more points.
RUCK’s 5 choices for Captain
Owen Farrell (England)
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Sergio Parisse (Italy)