Selection surprises as REAL Fantasy Rugby kicks off

REAL Fantasy Rugby Week 1 team

REAL Fantasy Rugby team

No, you didn’t miss week 1 – we did. Sorry! I think you’ll find we’ve made it up to you this week though…


Our starting side hit a few hurdles in the first week: there were too many players from some of the franchises, and some of our top picks are still to return from injury. 

In the front row Laurie Weeks comes in for Ben Daley who is out injured. In a late change (later than the picture was created anyway) Benn Robinson takes the other prop spot despite being named on the bench for the Tahs. Ruadhri Murphy will be given another week on the bench to recover from his “groin injury”. Saia Fainga’a takes his spot in the starting side while Chibba Hanson was a victim of the Foxsports Fantasy players from one team restriction. Coach Pink Rugby has assured us that he will get a start in the next few weeks. 

Hugh Pyle

Hugh Pyle – rugby’s answer to Joe Manganiello?

Luke Jones is partnered with Anthony Boric in the second row. Once again the Fantasy cap on players from the one team forced Kane Douglas and Sitaleki Timani out of the side. Hugh Pyle, rugby union’s answer to Joe Manganiello, has been named on the bench. 

The beautiful fantasy back row of David Pocock, Pierre Spies and Lopeti Timani will make what is sure to be their first of many appearances for the year. David Pocock has been named Vice Captain, and much like a runner-up in Miss Universe, should there be a nude photo scandal or wardrobe malfunction, he will step into the captaincy. Richie McCaw has been named on the bench – a spot he is surely unaccustomed to occupying. Because he is currently on sabbatical we’re giving one of the others an opportunity to impress.

Richard Kingi is one of two of our bolter selections this week. In a delightful (?) quirk of the Foxsports Fantasy system Richard Kingi is named as a scrumhalf despite playing on the wing last week against the Force. The combination of being named in the starting side, as well as his shirtless body and the amazing skills he showed us last week see him get a start over his more fancied teammates. 

Melbourne Rebels shirtless

Lachlan Mitchell on the far left

Kyle Godwin wins the starting spot over Christian Lealiifano this week in what was surely a selection headache for Coach Pink. His goal kicking let him down a little against the Rebels, but he’s a young, exciting and very pretty prospect who will go far. 

Lachlan Mitchell is our second bolter selection in the REAL Fantasy Rugby team. A little about Lachlan: he reads real books, he’s the self-appointed style consultant of the Melbourne

Rebels, and if you like your humour a little offbeat and left-of-centre, he’s the man for you. Oh, and he’s also the guy on the far left of this picture. Mike Harris partners him in the centres for very obvious reasons. 

Alfie Mafi shirtless

Alfie Mafi | 2013 Pink Rugby Ambassador

The back three are Drew Mitchell, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and the Official Pink Rugby Ambassador Alfie Mafi. Alfie actually worked his way into the side late, but we couldn’t ignore his form leading in to the season. He’s now a fully-contracted Pink Rugby Fantasy Player and he showed amazing leadership to be named captain.  



Our Starting Team:

Props: Ruaidhri Murphy (BRU) and Laurie Weeks (REB)

Hooker: Saia Fainga’a (RED)

Locks: Luke Jones (REB) and Anthony Boric (BLU) 

Back row: David Pocock (BRU), Pierre Spies (BUL) and Lopeti Timani (WAR)

Scrum half: Richard Kingi (REB)

Fly half: Christian Lealiifano (BRU)

Centres: Lachlan Mitchell (REB) and Mike Harris (RED)

Wings & Fullback: Adam Ashley-Cooper (WAR) Alfie Mafi (FOR) (c) and Drew Mitchell (WAR)


Benn Robinson

Nathan Charles

Hugh Pyle 

Richie McCaw

Grayson Hart

Christian Lealiifano

Anthony Fainga’a 

Nick Cummins




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