Fantasy Six Nations 2012: Guide to picking your Dream Team

Another year brings another RBS Six Nations tournament, and once again we’re here to try and guide you towards the perfect, and potentially prize-winning, fantasy team. Have a read, and then sign up to our league below.

Front Row

2012 is the year of the dynamic front rower. Cian Healy, Alex Corbisiero and Gethin Jenkins are all handfuls in the loose, and could all score the occasional try from short or long range.

As for hookers, William Servat is the best in the world, whilst Dylan Hartley and Matthew Rees are both solid options.

Second Row

Plenty of options here. Paul O’Connell is a Man of the Match candidate but doesn’t necessarily score many tries, so it might better going for a more athletic player in the form of Richie Gray or Julian Pierre.

This area is certainly weaker than in previous years, due to Courtney Lawes, Luke Charteris and Alun Wyn Jones all being out of action. For an outside bet, go for Donnacha Ryan or Lou Reed.

Back Row

Filling three slots with the amount of quality here is not easy. Not a single country is weak in this area, not even Italy, so narrowing down your options may take a while.

For starters there are two exceptional captains, the IRB Player of the Year Thierry Dusautoir and Sam Warburton, who are bound to pick up a few Man of the Match awards between them. Other players who have picked up a few MoM awards in their time include the all-Irish back row of Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip, along with Toby Faletau and John Barclay.

Although the English back row is largely unknown at this stage, Chris Robshaw’s form so far this season indicates he could cause some damage at international level, whilst Richie Vernon of Scotland is another set for a big tournament.

Half-Backs

Plenty of talent in this area, but there is one standout player who should be in every side. Morgan Parra was wrongly played out of position towards the end of Marc Liévremont’s reign during the Rugby World Cup, but since his return he has been exceptional for Clermont.

Other good options at 9 are Conor Murray of Ireland and Mike Phillips of Wales, with Ben Youngs also there or thereabouts despite his poor form.

As for the fly-halves, Johnny Sexton is the stand-out candidate given his fantastic form for Leinster so far this season, with Lionel Beauxis, Charlie Hodgson and the excellent Rhys Priestland are other options, whilst Duncan Weir is cheap but more one for the future.

Centres

No one has been picked more in Fantasy teams over the last decade than Brian O’Driscoll. Sadly, this Six Nations will not be graced by his presence, but there are many options to use this year. Jamie Roberts is probably the outstanding candidate, fitness permitting, but the French duo of Aurélien Rougerie and Wesley Fofana are good bets, as is Fergus McFadden for Ireland.

Add to the mix players such as Scott Williams, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell and Joe Ansbro, and selection gets pretty difficult. Fortunately, when the budget is getting tight, talent can be found for a bargain in midfield.

Outside Backs

Safe to say, these are where the points are. A winger or full back who crosses the try line on a regular basis is a goldmine, so pick wisely here.

Chris Ashton should be top of the list, with Tommy Bowe and George North close behind him. Funds maybe tight by this stage however, so picking two of those three could be impossible. Therefore; Max Evans, Charlie Sharples, Tommaso Benvenuti and Alex Cuthbert are strong outside bets for points.

Transfers

Don’t forget that you’re allowed 15 transfers in total, and a maximum of 5 per round, which is more than enough. Take a look at the fixtures each week and consider where the points will be scored, then load up on players from that country.

Keep an eye on form as well: who is scoring tries and which players win the Man of the Match award each week.

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by Ben Coles

13 thoughts on “Fantasy Six Nations 2012: Guide to picking your Dream Team

  1. One glaring omission you have made is Parisse in the Back row. Must have picked up more motm awards than anyone else over the last few years. He is awsome and I think he always gets favoured because he plays for the worst team and sometimes it looks likes hes carrying them.

    1. Yes, Parisse is always a good shout…the only drawback is that everyone normally picks him!

      The backrow is the place to invest though. So many RWC MOM awards went to a back row player, and I’d suggest the Six Nations will be similar (although who knows with the BBC commentary team!)

  2. The centres are going to be difficult to pick this year, especially before we see the first team sheets. With BOD out and Jamie Roberts injured, there isn’t really a settled international pairing on offer. I’m certainly going to be waiting until the last minute before finalising my midfield!

    1. Rougerie looks like a decent bet, but we’ll need to wait for team selections in most cases. In the Guinness game, it looks like you just pick SH and FH, and then 5 other ‘outside backs’.

      1. Ah, that’s a good system — my friends and I have always played the ESPN game, which has centres and three ‘outside backs’.

        I agree about Rougerie, although I’m a bit concerned about his discipline — can’t afford to lose points to yellow and red cards! (Same goes for Hartley.)

  3. I can’t seem to join the league, it says the password and username is incorrect. Anyone else have this problem? Is it all case sensitive?

  4. This would be my six nations “dream team”
    1.gethin jenkins(Wales)
    2.Rory best(Ireland)
    3.Adam jones(Wales)
    4.Richie gray(scotland)
    5.Ian Evans (Wales)
    6.Dan Lydiate(Wales)
    7.Sam Warburton (Wales) (CAPTAIN)
    8.Louis Picamoles(France)
    9.Mike Phillips(Wales)
    10.Owen Farrell(england)
    11.George North (Wales)
    12.Jamie Roberts (Wales)
    13.Jonathan Davies (Wales)
    14.Tommy bowe(Ireland)
    15.leigh halfpenny (Wales)
    Funnily enough my team sounds like i should be from Wales but I’m not I am from england but they are soo poor and the welsh team are soo strong at the moment and the best player on that list has to be either Sam warburton or leigh halfpenny. What do u guys think? Give a mark out of 15!!

  5. This would be my six nations “dream team”
    1.gethin jenkins(Wales)
    2.Rory best(Ireland)
    3.Adam jones(Wales)
    4.Richie gray(scotland)
    5.Ian Evans (Wales)
    6.Dan Lydiate(Wales)
    7.Sam Warburton (Wales) (CAPTAIN)
    8.Louis Picamoles(France)
    9.Mike Phillips(Wales)
    10.Owen Farrell(england)
    11.George North (Wales)
    12.Jamie Roberts (Wales)
    13.Jonathan Davies (Wales)
    14.Tommy bowe(Ireland)
    15.leigh halfpenny (Wales)
    Funnily enough my team sounds like i should be from Wales but I’m not I am from england but they are soo poor and the welsh team are soo strong at the moment and the best player on that list has to be either Sam warburton or leigh halfpenny. What do u guys think? Give a mark out of 15!!.

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