Any side that doesn’t have seven backs can’t possibly be Best 22 in the real world.
No one can play six backs for the full 100 odd minutes without an interchange/ rotational option.
Your side may start like a house on fire but they’ll be overrun by the third quarter.
Playing or “resting (after a midfield stint) Heppell or McGrath in the backline takes too much away from our best midfield, which should be a strength. We don’t just outnumber the opposition with our potential mids - we match or thrash them head to head in quality. When other teams are using their fifth or sixth best mids we’re throwing any of Hepp, McGrath, Langford, Smith, Fanta, Tippa, Parish, Stringer & Zaharakis at them.
So given Hurley, Hooker, Saad, McKenna & Francis are a lock there’s two spots up for grabs.
Gleeson may not be fit, but definitely in mix if ready.
Redman possibly even more doubtful for Round 1 unfortunately.
Ridley a contender.
Guelfi a contender.
MacNiece also has to be considered given the first two injuries.
Bags- offers more as a forward these days.
Blitz would explode if Long was chosen off the HBF for Round 1, but explains why he’s reportedly training with the defence.
Bit of a quandary.
But that’s how I’ll judge at peoples Best Round One 22’s