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# Fantasy Rugger
Prove your RWC knowledge by joining The42's fantasy rugby league
Bring it on…

THE WORLD CUP is only days away and the excitement for Friday’s opening game between England and Fiji is taking over.

There’s possibly no better way to add to your anticipation than by joining The42‘s fantasy rugby league and attempting to beat us over the course of the tournament.

This is where you really prove your rugby knowledge.

Paul O'Connell late in the game Matteo Ciambelli / INPHO Paulie made our team. Matteo Ciambelli / INPHO / INPHO

We’ve set up a league on the new and improved Fantasy Rugger, in which Ireland’s Ian Madigan has a stake. A whole host of international players like Madigan, Robbie Henshaw, Dan Biggar, Anthony Watson and Scott LaValla have also set up leagues on the site.

With statistics like assists, clean breaks, defenders beaten, lineouts won, rucks won, scrums won on own feed, successful and unsuccessful lineout throws, missed tackles and many more taken into account, it should provide a more realistic reflection of your rugby know-how.

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For the World Cup, you have to pick a squad of 25 players to take you through the group stages, but importantly you have a budget of £1.25 million to do this. It’s not just about picking the 25 best players in the competition.

Once the games are underway, you can only make three changes to your squad of 25 during the World Cup, with any further changes costing you 20 points. For the knock-out stages, you pick a new XV each week, but this time with a weekly £800,000 salary cap.

Above and below you can see the squad The42 has gone for.

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We ran a Fantasy Rugger league during this year’s Six Nations, with Dublin man Alan McGuinn winning some of our merchandise and the respect of the The42 team after finishing on top.

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Become a Member

We’re doing the same for the RWC, so head over to Fantasy Rugger, set up your squad and join our league:

League name: RWC

League code: Ob8vt9o4OpYDkXA-

There will be a grand prize at the end of the World Cup for the overall champion, as well as those all-important bragging rights.

Good luck.

- This article was first published on 15 September and then updated on 16 September.

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