Pretend games have really taken off in recent years and a popular version is the Six Nations game which is played by thousands of players every year.
This year there are many exciting talents to choose from and some interesting rules coming into play, making for an exciting experience for all fans following the tournament.
This means the neutrals have something to cheer for even when their team isn’t playing. Even those who don’t watch rugby regularly can team up to discuss something before the games in the pub.
Here’s a look at all the important things you need to know to play this year’s Fantasy Six Nations game:
How do I play?
It’s easy to set up a team and you can do it on the official Six Nations website – it costs nothing to play and you can set up leagues to play with your friends and colleagues.
What are the rules?
You can change your team between rounds, and as long as a player’s match hasn’t started, you can change your team if last-minute injuries occur.
Each team starts with 205 stars to build their squad – the lowest player value is James Ratti of Wales (six stars) with the highest being France’s new captain and World Player of the Year Antione Dupont (19 stars).
Player values will evolve throughout the tournament, so you may be looking at smart investments whose value will increase before being resold to get a higher rated player.
Player limit per country:
You may only use four players from each country.
Positions and composition:
Each team must have 1 fullback, 2 wingers, 2 centers, 1 fly-half, 1 scrum-half, 3 back rows, 2 second rows, 2 props and 1 hooker which will be automatically organized when selecting your XV so don’t make don’t worry if those positions are meaningless to you.
Captain and super sub
Each team can choose a captain, whose point total is doubled each round, and also a supersub, whose points are tripled when they come off the bench.
If they start or don’t play, their score will be divided by two, just like the other subs, meaning you have to choose your bank carefully.
The rest of the rules can be found here.
Who should I choose?
Last year’s Six Nations saw plenty of quality rugby, with the top five teams all beating each other, with Wales taking the crown and Italy taking the wooden spoon.
It was also a competitive year for Fantasy Rugby, with the top scoring XV from 2021 being released by the Six Nations to give players an idea of who to pick.
Highest scoring XV from 2021
1. Wyn Jones (Wales) 27.5
2. Luca Bigi (Italy) 31.7
3. Cian Healy (Ireland) 25.4
4. Tadgh Beirne (Ireland) 37.4
5. Alun Wyn-Jones (Wales) 32.4
Zander Fagerson (Scotland) 75.1
7. Charles Ollivon (France) 64.7
8. Jack Conan (Ireland) 51.1
9. Antione Dupont (France) 65.1
10. Jonny Sexton (Ireland) 54.1
Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland) 149.6
12. Fallen Crops (France) 59.5
13. Huw Jones (Scotland) 135.1
14. Darcy Graham (Scotland) 87.8
15. Brice Dulin (France) 110.2
BristolLive has attempted to pick a team for 2022.
Tips for 2022
1. Andrew Porter (Ireland) 12 stars
2. Ronan Kelleher (Ireland) 11 stars
3. Tadgh Furlong (Ireland) 15 stars
4. Adam Beard (Wales) 13 stars
5. Maro Itoje (England) 18 stars
6. Francois Cros (France) 13 stars
7. Tom Curry (England) 16 stars
8. Tadgh Beirne (Ireland) 15 stars
9. Antione Dupont (France) 19 stars (Captain)
10. Dan Biggar (Wales) 14 stars
11. Damian Penaud (France) 15 stars
12. Chris Harris (Scotland) 15 stars
13. Gael Fickou (France) 16 stars
14. Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales) 16 stars
15. Freddie Steward (England) 13 stars
Luke Cowan-Dickie (England) (Supersub)
Stephen Varney (Italy)
Andy Christie (Scotland)