* Generally speaking, it's best to play the in-form centre of the competition in the centres. Especially when he has shown no aptitude whatsoever at five-eighth for his club.
* As a general rule, don't play a guy out of position at five-eighth.
* Also as a general rule, it's totally unnecessary to play 4 centres. Seriously, don't play 4 centres. Ever.
* It's also usually best to play your best fullback at fullback rather than on the wing.
* It's considered extremely wise to have some cover at hooker. This allows the starting hooker to have a breather and also comes in handy in case your starting hooker gets injured.
* When choosing the utility player, make sure he can play a variety of positions (particularly hooker), rather than just at centre.
* Keep It Simple Stoopids...Play two guys who can play hooker. Play two (2) centres only.
* It's a myth that you absolutely must select an "Origin bolter" every year.
* Don't feel obliged to play a guy at fullback just because he's the captain. Pick your best fullback. Pick a new captain.
* Pick a real five-eighth.
* 2 hookers good...4 centres bad.
* Look up the definition for "utility player" in the NRL dictionary before selection.
* Take full responsibility for the lack of cohesion in the halves if you pick a centre at five-eighth.
* Take full responsibility for the disaster that will unfold if the only hooker gets injured early and can't return.
* Pick your best fullback, pick a new captain, pick a genuine five eighth, pick a real utility player, pick 2 guys who can play dummy half, and pick no more than 2 centres under any circumstances.