Rugby World Cup 2011: Tips for a Winning Fantasy Side

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Rugby World Cup 2011: Tips for a Winning Fantasy Side
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I am a sucker for fantasy sports. There's barely a sport that I would not consider matching wits against, even if I'm not well-versed in it.

So when my rugby-loving friends set up a private league in the ESPN Fantasy Rugby game, I found myself unable to say "no". I am an admirer of the sport, but have never followed the game closely at the international level.

So what makes me think I could hold my own against people who play or have played the game, count other ruggers as friends and know the players better than me?

Answer? By using tried-and-true basic fantasy principles.

Those strategies helped me win my last two World Cup soccer pools, besting over 40 people in each pool. Even though those were more team-oriented than player-oriented, the same principles can apply.

In the next few slides, I'll share these tips so that you may pick a winning side.

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