Six Nations 2015 Fantasy Rugby Picks...Help!

Billy Vunipola
Our expert says you need 'fantasy rugby studs' like Billy Vunipola in your team
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Six Nations 2015 is here and for those playing fantasy rugby games, it is difficult to know which players to select. Fortunately help is at hand from our man Scott Donaldson.

Here is his guide to help the likes of @emmathurston23 and @rugbymedia - both are established and valued contributors to www.talkingrugbyunion.co.uk

We have already polled some of our regular contributors to test them on how they thought Stuart Lancaster would select. It did prove difficult with so many injuries!!

So it's over to our tipping pundit in the Southern Hemisphere for guidance, with less than 12 hours before the tournament kicks off.

In Six Nations 2015, it is important to select starting players. England for example, have so many injuries that you have to keeping checking that the teamsheet hasn't changed.

Blockbusting Number Eights like Billy Vunipola are fantasy rugby studs.

In Six Nations Round 1, it will be interesting to see what happens with all of the Number 10s. Because of the injuries to established players like Jonny Sexton and Owen Farrell, managers will have to take a gamble in the inside backs especially knowing who will be the best goal kickers.

It usually pays to invest in some studs first and then fill in the usual lower scoring positions of lock and midfield back with cheaper options.  

Looking long-term will save trades, but that is difficult especially if you are an England fan, with so many injuries!

Finally, the best way to choose players is based on their opponents. Outside backs are far more likely to score tries against Italy than against the stronger teams. Day games are also better for scoring tries. Italy does have some great tacklers who earn big fantasy points despite the team not winning many games.

The best way to choose your Six Nations fantasy rugby squad is to look at the best performers from 2014.

In my team I have gone for some consistent performers like Rory Best, Sergio Parisse, Billy Vunipola, Wes Fofana and Jamie Roberts, but there are heaps of bargains out there because of injuries.  

At first five eighth it could be worth taking a punt on George Ford, Camille Lopez or Ian Keatley.

Devin Toner (Ireland), Teddy Thomas (France), Josh Furno (Italy), Scott Spedding (France) and Jared Payne (Ireland) are just some of the many bargains available.

A goalkicking outside back like Leigh Halfpenny should be a reliable points scorer.

Best Fantasy Squad Six Nations 2014 - Does History help predict the future?

Check out the performers from the 6 Nations 2014 series, and see who showed out proud! Presented as the best Rugby 15 of the series and best possible Fantasy side of the series.

This squad is picked based entirely on TESTRUGBY.com fantasy points earned from the Series. The results are limited to the actual starting 15 of each side, and spots are based on the jersey number worn in the game. A player must have played in their jersey number at least twice to be considered.

Player

Country

Pos

Avg
Points

Total
Points

Games

Avg
Value

Avg
Owned

Rory Best

Ireland

FR

303

1515

5

$1,270,000

31%

Dimitri Szarzewski

France

FR

235

940

4

$1,075,000

9%

Alun-Wyn Jones

Wales

LK

268

1075

4

$1,140,000

19%

Devin Toner

Ireland

LK

226

1130

5

$562,500

22%

Billy Vunipola

England

LF

330

990

3

$975,000

14%

Sergio Parisse

Italy

LF

288

1155

4

$1,170,000

27%

Owen Farrell

England

HV

303

1515

5

$1,232,500

47%

Jonathan Sexton

Ireland

HV

295

1475

5

$1,287,500

52%

Jamie Roberts

Wales

CT

266

1330

5

$1,235,000

30%

Michele Campagnaro

Italy

CT

248

1240

5

$525,000

7%

Mike Brown

England

OB

394

1970

5

$1,267,500

29%

Andrew Trimble

Ireland

OB

313

1565

5

$965,000

7%

Picked by Rugby Position

Player

Country

Position

Fantasy
Avg

Fantasy
Total

Actual
Points

Cian Healy

Ireland

1 - Prop - Loose

233

1165

5

Rory Best

Ireland

2 - Hooker

303

1515

0

Dan Cole

England

3 - Prop -Tight

137

275

0

Devin Toner

Ireland

4 - Lock

226

1130

0

Alun-Wyn Jones

Wales

5 - Lock

268

1075

0

Peter O'Mahony

Ireland

6 - Loose Blindside

202

810

0

Sam Warburton

Wales

7 - Loose Openside

233

935

5

Billy Vunipola

England

8 - Loose Number 8

330

990

0

Danny Care

England

9 - Halfback

209

1045

16

Owen Farrell

England

10 - Fly-half

303

1515

64

George North

Wales

11 - Wing Left

268

1075

10

Jamie Roberts

Wales

12 - Centre Inside

266

1330

10

Michele Campagnaro

Italy

13 - Centre Outside

248

1240

10

Andrew Trimble

Ireland

14 - Wing Right

313

1565

15

Mike Brown

England

15 - Fullback

394

1970

20

Republished with permission www.testrugby.com and @superrugbytips