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Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Mon 23 Feb 2015 - 2:59

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Breaking News: Famous win for Wasps at Franklins Garden sees Saints fall off top spot for the first time this season while the battle for Champions Cup qualification intensifies with important wins for Saracens, Bath & Falcons
 




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Welcome to Season 7 of the Aviva Premiership fantasy rugby game.  Below are the rules of the game which must be adhered to.  If there are any situations that arise in the course of the game which are not covered by the rules, a final decision will be made by the RFU (SJE) as to how the situation will be resolved.
 
 
Senior Squads wrote:
The maximum squad size is 40 senior players.  If a team has more than 40 players in their squad then they will be fined £1 million per player over the permitted amounts per day for the first seven days. If after 7 consecutive days a team still has more than the permitted number of players then the team will be fined £2 million per player per day, and fined 1 league point per player per day for the next seven days. If after this time a team still has more than the permitted number of players in their squad, the RFU (SJE) will remove players at its discretion to bring them back under the permitted numbers. There will be no right of appeal to players being removed.

Be aware that all tier one international matches which are played during the season will count in the game, and players selected in the match day 23's for those matches will not be eligible to play for their clubs on that weekend, therefore you must give due consideration to the make-up of your squad.
Academy Rules wrote:
Each team will be allowed to have an academy squad of 20 players.  Players who are in the academy must be born on or after 1st September 1992. 

Any player, who is at any Premiership club in real life, either in their senior, academy or AASE squads, can be bid for on the domestic bidding page. Players who are at your own club in real life and are coming through the academy system must be bid for if you want them in your own academy.
Transfers wrote:

  • Domestic (other AP Teams)
    Each team has a budget to use in the purchase of players. Domestic transfers between AP clubs, regardless of nationality of player, should be negotiated between the respective managers, and then confirmed on the Domestic Transfer Confirmation Page.
  • Domestic (Championship and below)
    Each team may during the season purchase no more than 5 players from the Championship or the National Leagues. These players must be bid for on the National League Bidding page, and each bid will be considered by me on its own merits before being accepted or rejected.  No bid will be accepted until a minimum of 24 hours has elapsed from the time the bid was made, in order to afford other managers the opportunity to make a counter bid.
  • Foreign
    To make a foreign transfer (i.e. from any club outside of the AP, regardless of whether the player is English) a bid should be made on the Foreign Transfers Page, which will be considered by me against the posted guidelines for purchase prices before being accepted or rejected. No bid will be accepted until a minimum of 24 hours has elapsed from the time the bid was made, in order to afford other managers the opportunity to make a counter bid.

    There will be a summer foreign transfer window, which will run as follows.

    Open Window

    Open transfer window, teams have unlimited bids provided they have the financial resources to cover them.  Teams may only bid for one player at a time.

    The window will open from the 9th of June but only to those sides that finish 8th and below at first. They will have a week to make one signing each before the window is open to all.     

Player Releases wrote: 
Managers may choose to release players from their clubs, for which they will be offered compensation

Compensation will be paid as follows

£2 million – current international (must have played international rugby in the previous 12 months)
£1.5 million – former international
£1m – top flight experience
£0.5m – other

All released players will be deemed to have joined a Championship side and can be bid for on the National League Bidding page.
Retirements wrote:
There will be no compensation for retiring players.  Should a player who retires decide to come out of retirement and play again, then he will automatically go back to the club who he was playing for in the game when he retired.
Fixtures wrote:
There will be 22 Aviva Premiership games per season, plus the play offs. There will also be European Rugby Champions Cup, European Rugby Challenge Cup and Anglo Welsh Cup matches.  These games will take place once a week. A match thread will be put up every Monday. Home teams must be named by midnight on Tuesday. Away teams must be named by midnight on Wednesday. Failure to meet these deadlines is punishable by the addition of three match points to the oppositions final score, unless both sides fail to do so. Both teams must provide tactics by midnight on Thursday. Predictions will be open from 00:01 hours on Friday and remain open until 15:00 hours on Sunday. Managers will post the scores that they think will happen from these games (apart from games in which they are involved).  An average of all predictions will be taken, and then 0.5 points added to each teams score for each prediction that had them as the winner, and that will then be the final score.

Managers are asked to provide detail as to why they have predicted a result.  To be considered a descriptive prediction this must be a full 3 lines long when entered into the text box. 
Teams wrote:
When naming your team, not only should you put the starting XV and replacements, but also tactics that your team will employ. Results will be affected by the tactics described.

In addition, each team must have the following:-

For domestic competition at least 8 England qualified players in your match day 23, and at least 4 of those must be in your starting XV.

For European competition at least 8 England qualified players in your match day 23, and at least 6 of those must be in your starting XV.

At least 2 props and 1 hooker on the bench.

All players must be eligible (not injured or banned).

Failure to comply with these rules will result in a 1 league point deduction.

If you fail to submit a team for a match, then the other team will be automatically awarded a 30-0 bonus point win. If both teams fail to submit a team, then it will be scored as a 0-0 draw.
Injuries and Suspensions wrote:
Injuries in this game do NOT reflect real life, they will be generated by me.

Players banned in real life will be ineligible for selection in this game for the duration of the ban.

Inclusion of injured/banned players will result in them being replaced by players on the bench, and the bench not having eight players, which may result in punishment if it concerns the front-row.

Punishment for fielding an ineligible player will be loss of one match point.
Financial Rewards wrote:
There will be no rewards for the result of an individual match, instead the managers will receive cash for predicting.

£2m for descriptive predictions 
£0.25m for scores on the doors predictions
If you fail to predict without first advising me that you are unable to do so that week, you will be fined £1m for a first offence, £2m for a second offence, £3m for a third offence etc upto a maximum of £5m per fine.

AP finishing positions.

Champions: 8m
Runners Up: 6m
Playoff Semi Finalist Losers: 5m
5th: 4m
6th: 3.5m
7th: 3m
8th: 2.5m
9th: 2m
10th: 1.5m
11th: 1m
12th: 0.5m

Heineken Cup

Losing Quarter Finalists - £2 million each
Losing Semi Finalists - £3 million each
Runners Up - £4 million
Champions - £5 million

Amlin Challenge Cup

Losing Quarter Finalists - £1 million each
Losing Semi Finalists - £2 million each
Runners Up - £3 million
Champions - £4 million

Anglo-Welsh Cup

Losing Semi Finalist - £1 million each
Runners Up - £2 million
Champions - £3 million


If your budgets falls below minus £10 million for any reason, the administrators (SJE) will step in and players from within your squad will be released for the relevant financial compensation (foreign transfer value) in order to bring your budget back above minus £10 million.


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Re: Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 26 Feb 2015 - 22:57

Clavering, looking to get another in the next few months.

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Re: Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by prop_lyd on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 9:02

Guys, this isn't an attack on anyone and is just an observation but I've noticed more and more tactics coming in on Friday and some up to 12pm. Would people want to move the deadline or is it something we need to look at?
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Post by Guest on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 10:31

Mine are always in before midnight as Thursday is a mental day. I have no issues if people want to move it

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Post by ChequeredJersey on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 10:52

Don't mind either way, thurs easier than Friday at the moment unless I'm on call on Thursday
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Post by Guest on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 11:20

We have a good bunch at the moment and it all works quite smoothly so a bit of give and take probably best. Keep it as close of play Thursday but if someone is late then let it roll.

I never predict until Sunday evening due to busy weekends and doing stuff with family on Sunday day so makes no odds.

May not get to predo this weekend as in dublin at the match

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Post by prop_lyd on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 18:20

I'm happy either way, just an observation really.

Not sure how to feel about tomorrow's match, basteraud off the bench could really cause us problems towards the end.
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Post by Fluxy on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 20:21

I genuinely try to get mine in before midnight mate, I honest believe that we all try to but sometimes circumstances don't allow it.

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 20:43

With Fluxy I know circumstances always means there will be at least 1 or 2 of us a week who won't be able to get them in before Thursday. No issue with me as the page is normally updated by lunch time Friday and very few of us actually predict Fridays

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 21:52

Odd signing with Wasps gettting Peri Weepu until the end of the season.

See as expected Nowell and Goode start for us - going to be a very close game, glad my nails have just about grown back after the Cardiff encounter - might not have any left come Sunday evening...

Glad Heaslip is out as our backrow could get the upper hand, must be one of the heaviest around at the moment. Just a bit unsure on how we will do with the kicking game of the Irish, SJE made some great points on that the other day!

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Post by BamBam on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 22:16

I struggle a bit earlier in the week for time, but Friday's are generally pretty relaxed so have some time in the mornings.

If the deadline is strictly Thursday night then I can make time but will probably be more generic tactics

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Post by dammit_chris on Fri 27 Feb 2015 - 22:50

Good write up by Healy on the Ireland - England game

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/sixnations/11438703/Ireland-v-England-Joe-Schmidts-ploys-mean-George-Ford-is-in-for-a-rough-Six-Nations-ride-in-Dublin.html

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 0:12

Canes looking like contenders for Super 15 this year. 3 from 3 on the road. Pack looking more organised, Barrett starting the season in great form and Nonu has settled in quickly with Smith outside him.

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Post by Fluxy on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 0:25

you're right SJE, they do look good. They've always had the backs to threaten but not the platform, which very solid with some AB squad lads playing well. Didn't Nonu play without Smith  today?

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Post by SirJohnnyEnglish on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 0:28

Haven't seen this weeks game yet Flux just the match reports so not sure. But he looked very sharp last week and the two linked up very well. Not sure how many sides will go 3 for 3 on their foreign travels so have a great shout of the play offs now anyways

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 2:09

Can't argue with this really.

http://www.sportal.com.au/rugby/six-nations/lancaster-confident-may-can-bounce-back/1czazncmecgkd1eyz9qdtna1z6

The Gloucester wing burst onto the scene last year with an explosive try against New Zealand, but has lost form in the Six Nations thus far, with the defensive side of his game causing greatest concern.

Lancaster said: "International rugby, it's about taking chances.

"It's about all the little bits and pieces that pull together an international performance and by Jonny's admission one or two errors along the way.

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Post by Fluxy on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 2:47

How long did it take you to find that Wink

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 2:53

Lol....It was on Newsnow, they have a rugby news feed.

http://mobile.newsnow.co.uk/h/Sport/Rugby+Union

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 3:54

Hurracains looked good but Force defence was awful. Savea had a good game bar a poor kick that gave away a try.

Smith was rested this week, Li played 13

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 5:19

Super Sarel!!!! Cracking try from Pretorious

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 15:59

Looks like Foley is staying in Aus now.

http://www.espn.co.uk/australia/rugby/story/257809.html

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 28 Feb 2015 - 18:34

Chiefs dismantling Crusaders, great half of rugby. Sonny Bill & Cruden having a stormer, such a good combo.

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Re: Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by dammit_chris on Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 1:28

Courtney Lawes is back...

http://sport.bt.com/marland-yarde-feels-full-force-of-courtney-lawes-91363965148108

Good to see him, Corbs and Wood playing again for Saints last night. Can see him and Wood getting on the bench for the next England games - thought he was great again last night. Playing that keeps on impressing me though is Clark, got to be one of the best on the deck in the AP - surely deserves a shot for England before WC.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 4:29

Poor Scotand, how did they lose that???

Good to see Lawes back, hopefully get him involved next week. Kruis has been ok but Lawes is a level above.

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Post by prop_lyd on Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 6:54

Wales under 20 on s4c
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Post by prop_lyd on Sun 1 Mar 2015 - 8:32

French under 20s very clinical an good set piece, pencilled in some for forgeins! France vs England user 20s will be interesting
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 2:10

The Irish play some really boring but effective rugby. Our kick offs are shocking.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 2:31

Ford not having a good game, hope he picks up

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 2:53

SCW saying he's keeping us in the game - it's our breakdown work and silly penalties that are spoiling things. If we put pace on the game we can win.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 2:57

Keeping us in the game?!? He's missing easy kicks and making poor calls. It's easily his worst half of rugby for England. Attwood has been equally as bad though.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 2:59

Amazing by Goode

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:09

Tbh no one is playing well at the moment - not even getting an advantage in the scrum. Our work at the breakdown is an absolute shambles - needed Lawes and Woodnon bench today.

And that's why Goode isn't an international fullback.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:12

Hiding to nothing running backwards.

Really performance so far. Kicking from hand has been awful, can't believe I'm putting this but Cipriani should come on, Ford has really struggled.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:14

Massive scrum from us, Billy what are you doing?!?!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:17

Much better scrummaging, 2 pens in 5 mins. Need some points in the board, about time Ford son

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:24

Personally don't think Fords been that bad - we just haven't delivered any platform for our halfbacks. Put any fly half on and we wouldn't be doing any better.

Builds on the cracks from the Italy game.

Think May's kick chase game has been missed massively - most of the kicks from Ford and Youngs haven't been bad but the kick chase has made them look awful.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:26

Ford has been very poor but agree the pack have not showed up. Our back 5 has been completely outplayed, really miss Launchbury & Lawes

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:36

Joubert has give us nothing all game, we're losing every 50/50

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:42

Not sure what more you could expect from him though - Vunipola and Cole are the only players who have given it a proper go.

Blasted completely away at the breakdown. Lucky Sexton has gone off, only reason we're within 10 points, our discipline in terms of giving soft penalties was amazing too. Haskell has improved out of sight this year but still gives away too many pens.

Didn't have much luck with the calls from the ref - didn't look like a forward pass at the end by Twelvetrees there at all.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 3:49

Cole had a strong 2nd half, seemed to get better. Marler went well, as did Billy bar his crazy kick. Robshaw & Haskell were completely outplayed, as were the locks.

Sexton gave Ford a masterclass and Goode really struggled. I thought both wings went well and Nowell justified starting over May, he just has a bit more up top.

Game plan to try and play Ireland the Ireland way was just plain stupid. Luckily we'll be playing them at home in the WC and will hopefully have some good players back.

Henshaw motm is extremely odd.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:04

Murray was best player on the pitch by some distance - thing that concerned me was our lack of support runners, whether it was kicks or breaks.

Not sure whether our problems are tactical with the coaching or players not turning up. Still have to sort out the no12 shirt.

Will look better when we can bring back Corbs, Lawes, Launch, Wood, Tuilagi - as much as May got criticised for his performance last week we missed him today.

Wonder if we will try any players out in final two games, Slade, Daly and Wade all been very good over the last month - Slade at no12
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:08

I don't think we missed May at all tbh, that was a game from brains and May none. There was very little attacking ball to play with, Nowell had a good imo.

Slade is the only one close to be given a shot imo but is playing well at 10 not 12 isn't he? Burrell wasn't at his best today and Twelvetrees threw some shocking passes, not convinced that last one was forward though.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:17

Wasn't forward - not sure how it didn't get TMO'd.

Slade has ability to play all across the midfield, think we're into desperation territory for the 12 shirt. Need a kicking option there really. Not sure if Burrell has it at this level.

Rugby Paper was saying Daly is very close to being selected.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:21

Daly is nowhere near defensively and 13 is not an issue. I really like Daly as an attacking force, he ripped us to spreads last week but is just not good enough defensively.

Rugby paper also said we were signing Berrick Barnes and Foley.......

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:31

Unless they were talking of Daly at 15? That would be an option, he's a much better 15 than 13 imo, gets found out less.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:32

Daly no worse than JJ or Burrell when he plays at 13. Don't mean for him to start but if you had Slade on the bench and then you could get a Daly sort of player to add some spark. He was good for us again today.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 4:38

Joseph is a very sound defender, he's had no issues at Int level at all. Daly has some awful games in defence even in the AP, he's nowhere near good enough to play 13 at Int level. 15 would be a different matter, always said I rated him there.

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Post by Fluxy on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 6:53

Just don't think we were clinical enough today. 

As the Irish commentator mentioned early on, the Irish have made competing in the air almost another set-piece, and based on that in my opinion they have developed world class kicking game as accurate as the AB's but in a different style.

For us someone needed to identify that we had to keep hold of the ball. This would've prevented Ireland pegging us back and gain momentum through our carriers. Then looked at either bringing on Cips or kicking lower/ bouncing into grubbers to create a different angle on competing for the ball.

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Post by dammit_chris on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 7:02

Agree with you there Fluxy - I agreed with SCW comment of mixing it up by bringing Cipriani on but playing him in the midfield as we needed to attack, instead we take off our best attacking threat and move Burrell out to no13.

We got our tactics completely wrong today - Ireland play a very basic game and we fell a long way short, just weren't clever enough. Forwards needed to protect Youngs far better at the back of rucks, don't really want to find out the turnover stats!

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Re: Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by Steven_Sharks on Mon 2 Mar 2015 - 7:45

I'd like to see Care back at 9.

Lawes should come back in. I'd also be looking at Wood although I think Easter is a fine impact sub.

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Re: Season 7 Homepage VII

Post by dammit_chris on Tue 3 Mar 2015 - 6:16

I know it's league but did anyone see this at the weekend

https://vine.co/v/O2Y6KFKn1JH

Unreal bit if skill

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