KFC SuperCoach NRL L-plate guide 2020
KFC SuperCoach NRL is officially open for 2020, so it's time to start picking your team and assembling your league!
For the uninitiated, KFC SuperCoach NRL is Australia's favourite rugby league fantasy game - an internet phenomenon with almost 150,000 players and $126,750 to be won in cash prizes.
If you are new to the game, here's how it works: You're a real coach, with a salary cap to spend, a team to pick and games to win.
Each of your players receives a weekly score based on their real-life, game-day statistics, earning a total score for your team.
Take on your mates for ultimate bragging rights and also track your progress against all other SuperCoaches in the hunt for huge weekly and major prizes.
Registering for KFC SuperCoach NRL is completely free and takes just a few minutes.
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* YOU have a $9.8 million salary cap to spend and 25 players to pick.
* FILL each position, from front row to fullback and everything in between - you'll need four props, six backrowers, seven centre/wings and two each at hooker, halfback, five-eighth and fullback. Remember to save your team as you go!
* IF you're struggling to pick a side, use the auto select feature and we'll pick a team to get you going, then you can make any necessary changes.
* You can CHANGE your initial squad as often as you like until round one starts.
* HERE'S our first tip - forwards are the most consistent SuperCoach players as they perform the most work. Backs have a higher scoring potential due to attacking stats, but lack consistency as they don't do as much running and tackling.
* BEFORE each round, choose a starting team of 13, with four reserves from your squad of 25. Select one of these players as captain who earns double points, and a vice-captain as back up.
* DURING the season, you have 37 trades to build your side into a KFC SuperCoach powerhouse. Each week you can make up to two trades, except for the "Super" bye round between rounds 14 and 15 where you get five trades.
*AFTER playing in 3 games, players value will increase or decrease based on their performance, and you can upgrade players who have 'made money' into better options.
* You will need to start the season with a BALANCED team of reliable 'guns', as well as some mid-range players and cheapies to make you money!
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* KEEP on top of your team management throughout the week - and while on the go - with our fantastic apps available on Apple and Android.
WHAT ARE ALL THE NRL PLAYER POSITIONS?
Hooker - Amount in full Supercoach Classic squad: 2
Number on field: 1
Role: Fields the ball first from play-the-balls and sets up each play. Defends in the middle and therefore makes a heap of tackles. Also known as dummy half.
Best in SuperCoach: Damien Cook
Prop - Amount in full Supercoach Classic squad: 4
Number on field: 2
Role: These are the big boppers who do the hard tackling and running up the middle.
Best in SuperCoach: Payne Haas
Second row - Amount in full Supercoach Classic squad: 6
Number on field: 3
Role: Like props, second rowers also do plenty of the tough stuff, but stand a bit wider and are therefore used more in attack.
Best in SuperCoach: Jason Taumalolo
Halfback - Amount in full Classic squad: 2
Number on field: 1
Role: The team's chief playmaker, kicker and generally the star player. Sets up most attacking plays.
Best in SuperCoach: Nathan Cleary
Five-eighth - Amount in full Classic squad: 2
Number on field: 1
Role: Also a playmaker, but generally stands one wide of the halfback and therefore has more of a running role.
Best in SuperCoach: Cameron Munster
Centre/wing - Amount in full Classic squad: 7
Number on field: 4
Role: The speedsters. The finishers. These guys score the most tries and benefit from the good work of those inside them.
Best in SuperCoach: Latrell Mitchell
Fullback - Amount in full Classic squad: 2
Number on field: 1
Role: Stands behind the play in defence to mop up kicks and cover for defensive breaks. A third playmaker and extra runner in attack.
Best in SuperCoach: James Tedesco
Most expensive player in the game?
Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco. Not only is he the best fullback in SuperCoach, but he is arguably the best player overall. He is the most expensive this year because he had an average of 84 points per game in 2019, the highest average in SuperCoach. Almost all player prices are based on last year's averages, apart from rookies.
Cheapest players in the game
All rookies are added to the game at $171,900. They rise in price as they improve, so it's important to get in early.
Number one tip for playing KFC SuperCoach NRL
Spend up big on forwards (hooker, prop, second row). They perform the most work (tackles and runs) and are therefore the most consistent SuperCoach players.
SUPERCOACH PRIZE STRUCTURE
SuperCoach grand prizes:
1st = $50k
2nd = $5k
3rd to 10th = $1k
Total = $63k
SuperCoach weekly prizes:
1st = $1k
2nd = $500
3rd = $250
x25 Rounds, total = $43,750
1st = $20k
Total prize pool = $126,750
*And our exciting new partnership with KFC means that there will be extra weekly prices! More to come on this soon
HOW TO CREATE OR JOIN A LEAGUE
Step 1: In the KFC SuperCoach menu click on Leagues, then on Create/Join League
Step 2: If one of your mates created the league, get them to give you the six-digit league code. Enter the code when prompted and click 'Join League'
Step 3: If you don't mind who you play with, you can just click 'Join a Public League' and you'll be able to join a league that has space.
Step 4: You can also create your own private league for friends if you want. Choose your league settings based on how many teams you'll have. Once the league is created, give the six digit code to your mates so they can join.
Step 5: If a league isn't filled before the first lockout in Round 1 it will be auto-filled with other Coaches to complete it and can no longer be joined or modified.
DRAFT & TIPPING - OTHER WAYS TO PLAY KFC SUPERCOACH NRL
While 'Classic' mode is the most popular way to play KFC SuperCoach NRL, there are other ways to play the game, with Draft and Tipping.
KFC SuperCoach Draft is radically different from Classic, as people in a league take turns picking players in a free-for-all. There is no salary cap, and once a player is drafted they become off-limits to the rest of the league. Forget everything you know about cheapies, PODs and cash cows, because in Draft none of that matters. While there is no official prize money for draft leagues, the structure is well suited for mates to assemble their leagues and put money on the line as well as having punishments or fines.
KFC SuperCoach tipping is another way to play and unlike other modes, doesn't require you to be in a league with other people. In Tipping, players will choose who they think will win in each NRL game every week, with a point awarded for each correct 'tip' and a bonus point for a perfect round. The player with the most points at the end of the regular season will take home the grand prize of $20,000!
If you have a passion for other sports as well, you can try out one of the other KFC SuperCoach sports, with SuperCoach BBL, AFL and Racing!