24th August 2017



RMF Watchlist: Premium Number 8s

In the build up to the new Premiership Rugby season, The Scout is on hand to help you build a solid squad for the season by selecting a handful of premium and bargain players for each position.

In this article, we are going to take a look at premium number 8s.

Billy Vunipola

Saracens - £379k

Second only to Thomas Waldrom for points per game, Billy Vunipola delivered some excellent fantasy performances last season, with his best at Allianz Park against Leicester.

He would undoubtedly have appeared in more games had he not injured his knee against Argentina during the autumn internationals, and despite spending time with the England squad, who would have bet against him recording some high point scores over the season.

This season, expect more of the same impact from one of the leagues stand out players, but it is worth noting that he is not expected back immediately following the shoulder injury that kept him out of the Lions tour over the summer; is he worth getting in for handful of games before the autumn internationals?

Billy Vunipola is currently selected by 12% of fantasy coaches.

Taulupe Faletau

Bath - £370k

Despite Faletau’s early campaign last term being disrupted by injury, he put this behind him and delivered some great performances for Bath during the back end of the season.

Great with the ball in hand, and often sitting out on the wing to crash over in the corner, much as we saw him do for the Lions over the summer, Faletau is a great choice at number 8 for your side; assuming injury doesn’t spoil his season this time round, we can expect to see some quality performances from the Welshman.

18% of fantasy coaches have chosen Faletau for their squads.

Nathan Hughes

Wasps - £344k

Second to Vunipola in the pecking order for the England number 8 berth, but getting his chance due to injury, Hughes turned out some good performances for Wasps and England last season.

With Wasps targeting another final this time round too, who can bet against Hughes leading the line with some great carrying and some high fantasy points scoring?

Hughes is currently selected by 18% of fantasy coaches.

The Rugby Magazine

Written by Edward Kerr
Follow @edwardrkerr · @therugbymag

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