Fantasy Rugby is essentially the same as any fantasy sport. It is usually an online game where players act as managers and owners of a sports team consisting of real life players reflecting their actual contribution to a sports team in a game. The owner buys the players and uses them to compete with other fantasy owners competing in the league. The owners accrue points based on the statistics generated by those individual players in their respective sport.
How successful players are is generally reflected in their cost, which limits how many super star players an owner can have in his or her team. A team owner has the ability to sell, buy, and replace players as they wish. However, these trades are usually limited.
Fantasy sports have become popular throughout the world. The most common international fantasy sports are fantasy soccer, cricket, and rugby. In the United States Fantasy Baseball and American Football are extremely popular. Fantasy Australian-rules football is popular in Australia, and Fantasy Rugby League is gathering a large following as well.
Each sport chooses key performance indicators, whether they be a big, like scoring points for their team, or small like catching a ball. These are accumulated while points are deducted for mistakes a player makes throughout the game. What makes Fantasy Rugby so interesting is the amount of performance indicators available. Players compete at lineouts, scrums, at the ruck, they make tackles, they catch and pass, they break the line and break tackles, and of course they score tries and kick goals. All of these situations are turned into points for your player to accumulate or lose.
The specialisation of rugby union player positions also mean that all players get to gain points for their specialist skill and contribution. For example, members of the front row and the locks get their own opportunities to shine. Lineouts, rucks, scrums, tackling, running and passing all accumulate points, but making mistakes in each area will also lose points. Players get points for causing a turnover. Players lose points for losing the ball for their team; this could be either turning it over at a ruck or losing the ball forward. Scoring tries and kicking goals also generate a lot of points, but not enough to make the other game elements irrelevant.
In most representations of Fantasy Rugby, a player’s value is determined by how many people own that player. Therefore, their value fluctuates from day to day as people buy or sell that player. Each player does start with a certain value based on their popularity the previous season. A player who does not take the field generates no points. In most versions of Fantasy Rugby an incomplete team generates no points for the round.
The wide variety of point scoring opportunities and different player types make Fantasy Rugby a compelling and competitive online game for rugby fans. Most competitions capture the nuances of rugby, so the tight forwards get the opportunity to contribute as well as the flashy backs. As with all fantasy sports, it makes the watching of games even more exciting for sports fans, as they watch for what their fantasy team players are doing on the field.