If you didn’t know, Julian Huxley is out of Saturday’s momentous game, because at a brumbies piss up Gene Fairbanks tackled him, thereby corking his leg.
Can you imagine what Knuckles must have said to him? This guy, thanks to the selectors putting a heap of faith into him, was just hanging onto his spot at fullback. Every game Connolly was defending him to the press, asking for more time so that Huxley could develop at the top level, despite the dodgy restarts and lack of running impact.
Add to this how lucky Huxley was anyway to have a shot in the first place, with the words best fullback (Latho) and Cameron Shepherd out to injury. Who knows if these guys will be right for the world cup? Knuckles must be thinking this and Huxley had a good shot at getting on the plane to France. Don’t like the chances now, especially if new wonder kid Ashley-Cooper manages to have yet another great performance at another new position (although he did at least play 15 at the Brumbies for 2 years – phew)
My guess is that this has put us all out of our misery. I personally wanted Huxley to do well because of the kicking game I’d seen him display during the S14. Unfortunately the truth was probably that he just isn’t big enough physically or tough enough mentally for the international game. Pity.
The other thing is – what does this say about the Wallabies mentally? Why do we keep having these boozy/nightclub fµck-ups? Boys should be boys, but not morons.