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BREAKING: Wallaby team vs England first test

BREAKING: Wallaby team vs England first test

Here’s what we believe to be the Wallaby side to play England this weekend. Check that out for a power midfield!

1. Scott Sio

2. Stephen Moore

3. Holmes

4. Arnold

5. Simmons

6. Fardy

7. Hooper

8. Pocock

9. Phipps

10. Foley

11. Horne

12. Kerevi

13. Kuridrani

14. Dane Haylett-Petty

15. Folau

 

Finishers:

TPN

Slipper

Kepu

Horwill

Mumm

McMahon

Frisby

Lealiifano

 

  • Braveheart81

    4 debutants! Strong side given all the backs out injured. Looking forward to seeing the centre combination in action.

    • Pedro

      Yeah we’ve all dreamt about a Kerevidrani midfield now it’s a reality, it’s really the most exciting selection that could be made.

      • jamie

        It’s like the backs version of a Pooper.
        2 outside centres that are both too good to leave out!

        • RugbyReg

          its more a combination thing. Like Fipps or Pholey.

        • jamie

          I can’t wait for Kerevi to throw a sublime offload to TK. Next phase, try in the corner to Izzy. Odds on that happening are about $1.01?

        • onlinesideline

          should they be called the KuKe ?

          nahhhhh – ill get my coat

      • Parker

        Points for the coinage Pedro.

      • Julesie Bolwell

        Kerevidrani gold again

  • Hugh Cavill

    This is probably the best side Cheika could have picked, considering Lilo not training with the team the past week.

    Great to see DHP’s form be rewarded with a Test cap. Well deserved for his work in a struggling team.

    • Mart

      I don’t like having him and Horne on the wings though. It’s too similar. would’ve prefered one of them and Taqele

      Either way it’s safe

      • Seb V

        DHP can act as a second fullback but Horne cannot. So not exactly similar. Although it would be nice to have a little more attacking firepower out wide – although that’s counted by our big centres.

        • Simon

          Agreed. And I have to admit I’m more than a little excited to see 12 and 13 in action together. I was expecting a second playmaker or a dependable cover at 12, but Cheik has gone for 100% pure Fijian power.

        • Train Without A Station

          I’d prefer if somebody like Nabuli had played well enough to be selected on Horne’s wing.

          Nobody has and as such Horne is the best option to select.

        • TheMountain

          I think Tim Alphabet is probably a better option than Nabuli atm, Give Cheik another week to flog him into gear and then we’d have the ass busting backline like you’ve never seen.

        • Braveheart81

          I think you’re underestimating how many options Horne would be selected ahead of. I think only Tomane would be ahead of him in 2016 out of the wing options. Expect Horne to be in the starting XV whenever healthy.

        • jamie

          Horne is one of the hardest running, most defensively sound backs in the world. Seriously, seriously underrated IMO.

        • Seb V

          Horne is a poor mans McCabe ;)

        • Nick Gregory

          Pat McCabe was one of the worst centres to ever pull on the jersey.

        • Seb V

          He is in the exact same mould as Horne, so your saying Horne is also one of the worst wingers.

        • Nick Gregory

          He is in the same mould, but at a club rugby level.

        • Dougall

          u serious, guy was a god?

        • Nutta

          That’s really harsh. Pat Mac was criticised for being a 1 dimensional attacker. But playing outside QC, who to be fair didn’t even know himself what he would do next, Pat Macs only option was to pick a line and run it. That wasn’t his fault. It was the cards he was dealt. And he got smashed for it.

        • first time long time

          If thats your analysis as to why PMac was 1 dimensional, I’d stick to the forwards Nutta

        • Warwick Todd

          Nick, Pat McCabe was Dean’s second playmaker. How dare you call him one dimensional. Horne is streets ahead of poor ol Pat.

        • idiot savant

          Nope. Horne can pass.

        • idiot savant

          Yep. Plays like a kiwi.

        • jamie

          I’m not sure but I think that’s the nicest kind of compliment a kiwi can give?

        • Tomthusiasm

          I used to think he was useless, I was an idiot. I still am an idiot, but I no longer think he’s useless.

        • Train Without A Station

          I’m not estimating anything.

          I’m saying that I don’t consider Horne to be a World Class winger and if he’s a lay down misere for selection then i don’t think we are trying to select our best team.

          On current form he’s the right option. I’d prefer a player with a higher ceiling to be playing better. None are.

        • Braveheart81

          On that basis we don’t have a world class winger.

        • Train Without A Station

          I think anybody would have to be pretty one eyed to suggest otherwise.

        • Braveheart81

          Other options might have a higher ceiling in attack but none come close to Horne’s defensive ability.

        • Train Without A Station

          I agree but would the All Blacks select wingers on defensive ability first and attacking ability 2nd?

          Defence is only important in wingers if it’s substandard.

        • Braveheart81

          If they adopted a similar defensive structure as us, they probably would.

        • Train Without A Station

          Isn’t that a bit of a moot point as it’s unlikely that they would select players who they didn’t consider capable in performing all the tasks of their position?

        • Joy

          O’Conner

        • idiot savant

          Horne sets a standard in commitment that sets him apart. When any of our other wingers can wring 110% out of themselves they can take his place.

        • Train Without A Station

          Players should be selected on how well their performance compares.

          Not how much of their own potential they fulfill. If another player only playing at 50% of what he was capable of was offering more, he’d be a better option.

        • Pedro

          While I’m not the biggest fan I agree. He can cover 12 as well as the wing and is a test level defender. Plus he’s a known quantity to Chieka who likes to use him in midfield on defence. Add to that injuries to Tomane and Speight and Horne’s selection is a no brainer. Also he’s had his best super season this year ever in my opinion.

        • harro

          The fact that Cheika named him co-VC would back this up

        • Klaus

          Drew Mitchell?

        • Braveheart81

          Injured and somewhat on a parallel course now. It’s hard to tell whether he will come back in favour again or whether the RWC was his swansong. It’s important to remember that Horne was preferred ahead of Mitchell until Horne got injured and then Mitchell retained his spot through good form.

        • Spank

          Good comment on the wing selection BUT I have to say Horne is generally impressive and has a Jason Little style.

        • Macca44

          Good point seb – this give cheika ultimate flexibility to shuffle folau into 12 and kerevi out to the wing if that experiement doesnt work….

      • Simon

        You think Horne and DHP are similar? I don’t think they’re similar players at all – Horne is dependable and a solid hitter and DHP is more of a slippery runner of the Milner-Skudder mould (albeit not quite that much of a freak).

        But I agree, Taqele would have been good to see unleashed down the right wing, maybe with DHP at 11. But then someone else has to miss out, either Horne or Kerevi… could go on all day.

        • Mart

          Yeah good points.
          Similar in a way that fairly bankable but no real x factor. I don’t see them gassing people on the outside.
          I almost feel like Morahan would be a better fit than DHP but hey i’m no selector

        • Mart

          P.s That defensive line is rock solid. No doubt Horne will slot in to 5/8 to defend.

    • PiratesRugby

      Hugh, I agree. Great side. Don’t know about Hooper as vc when Pocock is in the side. And the selection of Mumm remains a mystery.
      Great to see Arnold picked at lock. Hope he plays a blinder.

      • Braveheart81

        Hooper has been the VC of the side in every test he has played since Moore became captain (and was captain before that when Moore was injured). Why is it a surprise? Pocock also isn’t one of the co-captains at the Brumbies.

      • Seb V

        Hooper was THE Captain of the wallabies for a while and at the Tah’s too. So i’m not surprised. Horne as VC is a surprise – certainly thought Poey would have been chosen ahead of him

        • jamie

          Pocock was also THE Captain of the Wallabies. Hooper was never going to be a long term leader.

          I suppose having your 7 and your 8 as captain’s would be a bit weird?

          The Australian Back’s Union would be up in flames about it.

        • Seb V

          Don’t get me wrong I’d prefer Poey too. But it wasn’t a surprise given Hooper has a long reign at Captain before under the same coach. Maybe it is an indication that Horne is definitley playing 80mins wheres Hooper and Poey may or may not.

      • Tahzan

        Isn’t Mumm the reserve jumper at 6 to compete if Fardy needs replaced? Horwill to cover Lock. England will have an awesome lineout this series we need to counter here too and I don’t think McCalman will be strong enough in the air?

  • Seb V

    Great work from Arnold to get a start over Horwill. Hope he goes well. The change in the mid-field away from the 2 playmaker strategy is exciting, a real test for Foley to be a the sole playmaker too. Can’t bloody wait.

    • blueboy11

      Kerevi isn’t so much a playmaker in the traditional sense, but he has an ability to draw attention then release those outside him (in fact I’d say he’s the best in Australia at that one particular skill). So while he doesn’t exactly bring back memories of a young Giteau or anything, has shown the skill to put those around in better situations, which is a key trait of a playmaker.

      • Simon

        Yeah and I’d say the Poms will have Kerevi well covered even though he’s a new player for them. Anybody over there who watched the Reds/Blues or Reds/Highlanders game, can’t have failed to notice him treating All Blacks like speedbumps. It’d be a real nightmare to have to contend with that and then his clone at 13.

        • Patrick

          And then they pop it to the 15 on the inside! I’d rather not be an English centre on Saturday.

        • Simon

          Certainly not off a scrum or lineout when you’ve got half the field to cover. It’s going to feel a very long way to the next white jersey when Kerevi, Kuridrani and Folau are running at you.

  • npivag

    That’d be my standing XV. Exciting.
    2 back reserves is interesting. I suppose Frisby is a 9/10 and Lelo is a 10/12/15. Both the starting centers and even Folau can cover wing in a pinch.

    • Seb V

      Frisby could cover wing too. Not ideal but not unthinkable.

      • npivag

        It would mean quick ball when you play into his channel at least, haha.
        Frisby is toey and has a go. I guess you could do worse in the last 5 of a test.
        That being said, conventional wisdom says a test 9’s legs go at around 60 minutes. So Frisby is almost a definite sub at 9.

        • Seb V

          Phipps has outstanding fitness though, so might play at least 70min depending on how he is performing.

      • TommyTudehope

        Phipps has also has some time on the sting in the circumstance where we were out of back reserves.

      • Train Without A Station

        And fullback

  • Simon

    Pretty happy with those selections and positions. Congrats to Arnold, DHP, Frisby and Kerevi. Not entirely sure why Mumm is there instead of another back, but no doubt Cheik has his reasons.

    No real outside back cover. If you’d told me it was going to be a 6/2 split I’d have said that would almost have guaranteed Hunt the 23 jersey, as he offers cover of more positions. But no, Cheik throws the old curve ball again!

    • jamie

      Lelo or Haylett Petty to cover 15, Phipps or Foley or TK to cover wings? Then CL goes to whichever one moved.

      • Simon

        Yeah I think that’s how it would have to work. Phipps is probably the pick of those three to go to wing, depending on how shot his quads are by that time. If he’s already been subbed and a second injury happens, then I guess it’s McMahon or Hooper into the centres.

        This sort of thing is why I’m always leery of 6/2 splits. Cheik must think the backs have their opposition’s number and he’s worried about getting outmuscled in the forwards.

  • Marcelo Sánchez

    I’d like to see Kerevi at 12 but I can’t imagine Cheika picking him

  • McWarren

    Still missing the best No.7 in the country. Ah well at least all the Pooper lovers will be happy.

    Tight five looks exciting and I think the Pooper will still have the edge over the English 7 & 8.

    The backline looks good as well. No really left field selections. Kerevi will either kill it or not be seen. By not be seen I mean he will do what he has to without anything flashy.

    • TheMountain

      Yep, Hodgson should feel hard done by

    • jamie

      Pocock is the best No. 7 in the world so I’m not sure how we’re missing Australia’s best 7?

      PS Hodgo is injured…

      PPS Who isn’t a pooper lover in Australia? Honestly? Cool name, cool blokes, extraordinary rugby players

      • McWarren

        No he isn’t
        So what
        Me

        • Seb V

          Who is the world’s best 7? Gill? Hahahaha… hasn’t even cracked test starting team

        • McWarren

          Yes and our test teams have won sweet fa with the current in favour 7’s. Gill is betfer than Hooper in every facet of 7 play. He’s as good as Pocock at the ruck and defence and distributes better.

        • Braveheart81

          Why do all the coaches disagree with you? The Wallabies haven’t been as good as they were last year since 2003. What makes you think the Wallabies would be more successful with Gill playing?

        • Seb V

          Gill cannot tackle as hard as Hooper or Poey. He is a lightweight. He is very good around the ruck, and very skill-fill but he is not a tank like Hooper and Poey are.

        • McWarren

          Hooper a tank, give me a break. Gill is a better defender than Hooper, he might not have the long blonde hair to make him stand out but he hits hard and often. He is as good as Poey.
          Mate I really hope the Pooper works for ever and takes us to the next RWC title. I do. But it won’t so I don’t like persisting with it.

        • Seb V

          Your kidding right? Hooper put one of the most aggressive players in Schaulk Burger on his backside in the RWC numerous times, he not only stopped but he forced back 2-3metres a full flight Ita Vaea in super rugby. Hooper’s low driving tackles in the last 2 years have been a huge help for wallabies. Gill cannot do that. He is a work-rate, skillful, technical player – I have no doubt he wouldn’t make a great test 7 but he is not in the same league of hardness/brute as Hooper or Poey.

        • McWarren

          Seriously you are doubting Gills hardness? Have you ever watched him play, or are you just going on what you want too hear? I don’t deny Poey or Hooper are great players, I just rate Gill as better out and out 7. And unlike the conventional wisdom and gooey eyed hype I don’t think the Pooper is our ticket to long term success.

        • Seb V

          Nah i don’t doubt it. Gill is a hard player, I just think Hooper and Poey are harder, I admit I exaggerated that gap as Gill in reality is only slightly behind – but behind he surely is. Well to be honest in reality, its actually an unknown at test level given his limited game time but the small evidence that we do have suggests he would be behind these guys. I agree he is the most well rounded of the 3 but poey is the better fetcher, and Hooper is a better ball runner – can’t argue with that. With the current balance of the wallabies team Gill misses out. Hooper & Poey have PROVEN to be the best players in the world, as they were both nominated IRB player of the year, hard to drop one of these players for Gill.

        • wilful

          If by sweet FA you mean the RWC Final, well you’re a pretty hard marker.

        • McWarren

          What we could have done with a world class 7 last night!!!

    • Braveheart81

      None of the last three Wallaby coaches have considered Gill the best 7 in the country.

    • Dud Roodt

      Phil Waugh?

  • drrea81
  • TheMountain

    Prefer Hodge or similar on the bench for Mumm, we don’t really have outside back cover. Maybe McMahon is ready for his switch to the backs? he did play 7’s…

    • boris

      I was just thinking this. After Horwill, Fardy can also cover lock and McMahon (or McCalman) can cover all the back row positions so could have freed up a spot for Taquele, Hunt or Hodge.

      • TheMountain

        I’m not a fan of wingers on the bench, and think Taqele would be a useful starting option, with DHP on the bench but that leaves us with a starting back 3 with very limited kicking games. I also think Hodge will be given a look in in the Melbourne test

  • Zebber

    How do you guys get away with releasing the team before the embargo of 12:55pm? Loophole of not saying it’s official?

    • Pedro

      If you’re not being paid you can be unprofessional.

    • Hugh Cavill

      The team isn’t released under embargo. We manage to acquire it before it is announced, through non-nefarious means.

  • idiot savant

    Having a half back who can play first five does allow more flexibility off the bench. Particularly when you have a 7 who can play centre as well.

    • Simon

      It’s probably a bit of a stretch to say Frisby can play 10, especially at test level. I’d probably go with “can cover it in an emergency.”

      • jamie

        I’d probably go with “can cover it in a serious emergency” where every other back is off injured and it’s either him or Slipper at 10…

  • Keith Butler

    Interesting selection for the Aussies. Not surprised that Skelton has been dropped from the squad. Arnold and Simmons will certainly be competitive at line out time and Horwill is a very experienced replacement. England scrummage has improved since the RWC and there is a solid spine at 2, 4,5 and 8. Mako V is worry for me though. Back row well enough said about the Pooper again we’re in for a hard time if we don’t contest/clear out effectively at the breakdown. Half back are pretty even, it all depends on what Phipps turns up on the night. Not a lot to chose between Foley and Farrell imo but you have plenty of power and pace outside and I reckon our threes are in for a hard night. Was hoping for a bit more from EJs selection but he’s gone conservative.

    • jamie

      Can’t see Arnold losing many of his own balls. With his reach and height, plus being thrown up he’s probably getting close to 5m off the ground at his highest point.

      English supporter right? Brave man to be on this site at this point in time. Will only get worse after we beat you 3-0 ;-)

      • Eddie Stephens

        Most of us fear nothing, after the last world cup. Worst case scenario, we get spanked, again, and we can resume our suffering. Oh, the sweet, sweet suffering!!

        • Bluey

          Nah, you’ll be right. Don’t know that you’ll get the result you want, but it will be nothing like the RWC

      • Keith Butler

        Yes I’m an England supporter but I’m also an Aussie citizen with an Aussie wife so you could say I have a foot in both camps. Brave man no – just too many brain cells lost playing at lock for many years – to care. Banter’s fine with me but insults forget it. And I’m not as one eyed as some of the some supporters of both sides are. If we were going to beat the Aussies then the 1st test would have been the one but EJ has gone a bit conservative for my liking. Just a small change moving Itoje to 6 and bringing in Launcberry at lock would have take the carrying pressure off Billy V, strengthen our scrum, increased line out options and added some pace to the back row. But as they say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and I guess that applies to both sides judging by some of the comments on Cheks selection. Still hoping that we sneak one win though. Go England and go the Rebels (or gone for this season at least)

        • Moz

          And we all know that Launchbury always lifts to a Man of the Match effort when he plays the Wallabies

        • Keith Butler

          Yep that was a real puzzle. just blame the commentators who made the selection they were watching the wrong game.

        • Haz

          I think it was chosen through a public vote on twitter or some bollocks like that

        • Tomthusiasm

          David Warner won the same way vs NZ in Hobart 2011, Dougy Bracewell was robbed I tells ya, robbed!

  • Big Ted

    Very excited with this team. The selection of Arnold, DHP and to a lesser extent Kerevi, shows that Cheik has his mind a little on the future as well. I think we might see a bit more distribution from Kerevi than many think. I reckon he has quite a good offload game and more footwork than Kuridrani to exploit it. If he could develop a wide passing game like Nonu developed than he could turn out to be perfect for 12.

  • RugbyReg

    Horne and Hooper are co-vice captains. Not sure if they are co-interim vice captains, or co-permanent vice captains. It’s the type of stuff the ARU should really make clear.

    Great looking team by the way.

    Congrats to Rory, Dane and Samu for the totally deserved selection and hopefully Pickle get’s his cap from the bench.

    • Seb V

      Wtf at Horne as vice captain. Wtf at 2 vice captains. Should be poey and/or Hooper. Not that it matters much.

      • jamie

        2 Vice captains because Squeak, as a Front rower, is an almost certain to go off, then it’s just a standard 2 for the last 20-30 min

      • Braveheart81

        Assuming Mumm replaces Fardy and McMahon is a potential to replace Hooper, Horne is then captain.

        • Julesie Bolwell

          Unless Cheika decides to go with the alleged McPooper !

      • Joy

        The CVIHC’s should be Sio, Holmes, Simmons, Arnald, Fardy, Hooper, and Pocock. The rest don’t count.

    • Pedro

      I think the co-vice-captains are selected by the aru’s junior executive vice president.

    • Simon

      Co-vice interim head captains I believe is the official term. CVIHCs.

    • Moz

      Could we please refer to Horne by his correct nick-name…”The Raging…”, or if you wish to abbreviate, just simply “Raging”

      Thank you.

  • blueboy11

    Only having Lealiifano on the bench as a backs replacement is a real risk, an early injury to one of the back three, and either him or Kerevi (presumably) will be stuck on the wing with Farrell putting bombs on their head for 60 mins.

    • jamie

      If worse comes to worst, Phipps can play wing and field the high balls haha. Foley could also play wing with Lelo in at 10.

      Lelo has definitely played 15 before. Can’t remember for what side. Brums perhaps?

      • blueboy11

        I guess Cheik must on some level feel confident he has enough cover in the event of an early injury, but it would make pretty nervous if I were a Wallaby fan…

        • jamie

          Then we inject Kerevi onto a wing and Lelo slots into 12 and we play the same way we did last year, just with more firepower.

        • blueboy11

          He is an absolute weapon (for me only behind Folau and Beale in terms of overall effectiveness in attack in all on Australian rugby), but to be put out of position during his Wallaby debut, against a side who would undoubtably, in that situation, put up high kick after high kick for him to field… That’s asking a lot.

        • Who?

          More size, not more firepower. I don’t think we can argue we’d have more firepower when we’re missing Kurtley. He was the absolute key to everything our backline did last year. We could well miss his pace. I haven’t seen enough of DHP to know for certain, but with Folau and Horne in the back three (and Foley, arguably), is there anyone there who could chase down Yarde? I’m not confident. Beale’s pace on attack will be missed.

        • jamie

          How was Beale everything when he was on the bench?

        • Who?

          He wasn’t on the bench that much (think about when he was subbed on – in the England game, he was on VERY early), and without him, we did almost nothing. We were very same-paced. Without Beale, the ball didn’t get outside Giteau, unless it was to Folau on a very crowded blindside. TK was almost never given the ball, and with Giteau running parallel to the trylines, there wouldn’t have been much point in giving it to TK or Folau more often anyway – they were consistently cramped by Giteau dragging the defence sideways.
          And who else in last year’s backline (or even this year’s backline) has/had the pace to chase down Yarde in a straight footrace..?

      • Seb V

        Lilo played 15 for the Brums. Was considered a failure though given he sucked at the high ball.

        • jamie

          Phipps at Fullback then? I guarantee neither winger will cop an injury, winger’s just don’t seem to like tight 5’s do.

        • Seb V

          if Folau is injured DHP will go to fullback with Phipps/Frisby coming onto the wing.

        • brumby runner

          Was more successful playing 15 for Waikato in the old NPC/ITM/M10 comp. Incidentally, at the same time Henry Speight was on the wing there.

      • Tim

        They would move hooper to the wing if he had a few injuries

  • Parker

    Happy to see that the Two Dads tradition continues in the backline.

  • sugarwookie

    I feel as though Fardy needs to be combined with the Pooper… he’s a beast in his own right…

    …Foocock?

    • Pedro

      It’s long been referred to as the Fardy Pooper

      • Who?

        It should be the Pooperdy.
        And if you could squeeze McMahon out there at the same time, it’d be the McPooperdy.

    • RugbyReg

      Fardy Pooper

    • Brisneyland Local

      He is, they are the Fardy Poooper! (Aka the Farty Pooper!)

      • SiriusCove

        I still want to see Stirzaker and Cooper in the lineup so we can have the Pooper Scooper.

  • RugbyReg

    Can I have my much anticipated Dean Mumm rant? I don’t know why he’s there. Horwill covers lock and McMahon the backrow. Surely we could have carried Hodge on the bench. But if we DID want another forward on the bench then it really should have been Ben McCalman. Now unless he’s injured, it’s a real snub because Benny Mac was brilliant for us in the RWC. I don’t think we should forget his heroics in that Welsh game. He was monstrous. His form this season has remained strong and if the 6-2 bench was the strategic option, I’d have McCalman over Mumm easily.

    • Pedro

      I agree, Mumm is an odd selection, I guess any of those other options would be queried though.

    • Seb V

      I think most would agree. McCalman over Mumm all day every day.

    • brumby runner

      I might be the odd man out here, and much as I don’t like Mumm as a test player, I really think he offers more in attack than Ben McCalman ever has. As a finisher, I’d go with Mumm over McCalman any day.

    • TommyTudehope

      Agree with you Reg. Don’t see why you need Mumm with Horwill and McMahon covering 4/5/6. I also would have preferred Skelton over Mumm or better still another back reserve.

    • McWarren

      I think, like a few selections here, it might be best to question or critize this team after the second test. What I am trying to get at is, I think Cheika is tinkering a bit, not too much, but enough. It wouldnt surprise me to see BMac come onto the bench in the next test or even Timani. I reckon this team is a long way from being settled.
      I’ll give Mumm one thing over BMac, he is an annoying mongrel that just might get under the inexperienced POMS skin.

      • MM

        Timani wasn’t even in the original squad of 39.

  • Tim

    Good solid team i really hope Horwill and Mumm make a big impact

  • Rocky Elboa

    Dane Haylett-Petty
    Two Dads 2.0

    • Love how despite all these insightful comments, this is the most liked one.

  • Thomas

    I’m not the biggest fan of Taqele Naiyaravoro as I think defensively he can be a bit of a liability but I’d actually really like to see him used as a bench player. Not sure how many teams would enjoy the sight of him running on with 20 minutes to go when they’re already fatigued.

  • Nutta

    Congratulations to the debutants but particularly to Rory and Sauce. Remember why you guys have been picked and I look forward to seeing what you add to the fabric & history of the Wobbly jersey for the 80min before you have to give it back again.

    I would have Toby Smith over Slipper. But that’s just me. It’s still 2 world class front-rows to roll out in Gold and that’s pretty remarkable from where we were even just 18mths ago. Congratulations to all those who helped turn that corner.

    I’m really looking forward to seeing Old Bull and Young Bull trying to outdo each other when Big Kev and Macca run out together at 60mins. They will be finishing stuff alright.

    Kerevidrani has the potential to be awesome. Let it be so.

    Righto. Boots on. Mouthguards in. Remember we are playing the Filth who have twice to answer for then what history dares to remember. So get your blood up, get your shoulders square and spill theirs first lads.

  • Brisneyland Local

    I dont know about the rest of you GAGR’s, I want to buy a time machine and forward myself to 7:55pm on Saturday night.
    I cant wait for this!
    If I was being fussy I would bleat about Mumm, but as Big John McCarthy in the UFC says:
    ” Are you ready? Are you Ready? Lets Get it on!”

    • Bobas

      have you paired a wine for the game yet?

      • jamie

        not anything white surely…

      • Brisneyland Local

        Fark yeah! Have already been and done my raid on Uncle Dan’s. We have 20 people coming around for the game. Goes something like this:
        – People Arrive at 7pm for drinks and nibbles.
        – All people Bring a Curry
        – Game Kicks off at 8pm.
        – Dinner served during half time.
        – Desert and coffee at full time whistle (and maybe a port or two).
        – If Wallabies win we will drink on.
        – If Wallabies lose, I will crack the shits and all of the guests will be cordially invited to leave! So I can cry in private.
        Have bought French bubbles, a Weihenstephaner Pilsner, and about 12 bottles of Barossa Shiraz. Oh and a bottle of Sherry for the ladies!

        • muffy

          Classy.

          I have a selection of the finest lagers (actually a box of XXXX Summers) chilling in the fridge right now, and the good wife is out purchasing the steaks for the BBQ – I may sneak in a beer or two right now as dressed rehearsal for the big show.

          Bring it on

          #givethesoapdodgersabath

        • Brisneyland Local

          Love your work muffy!
          We have bought little boys and bread rolls for the kids! And a huge bottle of dead horse!

        • Nutta

          Think you went a bit heavy on the sherry Baz. https://youtu.be/Z023prwCkgs

        • Brisneyland Local

          I am glad that some one else remembered that masterstroke of advertising! Tip of the hat to you Nutta, tip of the hat!

    • Simon

      5:30 for me, as I really want to watch ABs vs Wales first. Wondering how much of the second half I can squeeze in before I have to do the dash for Suncorp!

      • Tomthusiasm

        Watch it at that Kiwi pub near the stadium.

        • Simon

          I don’t think I’m going anywhere near a pub full of Kiwis in my Wallabies jersey… especially not when I’m cheering for Wales!
          Wait, which pub is that anyway?!

        • Tomthusiasm

          There’s a pub next to the stadium, it was just full of kiwis during the bledisloe cup match.

        • Simon

          That’s probably any pub in Brisbane during Bledisloe, truth be told. This city is crawling with mis-pronounced vowels.

        • The Slow Eater

          Classic comment of the year. Well done to you sir.

  • muffy

    I am willing to bet decent wads of cash we will see DHP dropping back to full back and Izzy appearing in the centres as a second playmaker with samu and Tivita pushing as 2nd and 3rd centres.

    Could be very interesting

  • Nickwaiheke

    Here’s one diehard Kiwi more excited about this match than v Wales, just going to be a lot of edge in it
    Love that centre pairing and some of the boys have come into form so well over the last few weeks
    Go Oz

  • LadyD

    Nice line up, happy to see some of this new blood selected have a crack.

    I can’t remember a bigger centres pack for the Wallabies ever, exciting stuff!

    I’m liking the look of the ‘finishers’ in our reserves as well. Overall a pretty good team #incheikwetrust

  • A80

    Congratulations on your win tomorrow Wallabies. The ARU aren’t still paying Jones a salary of some sort are they?

    Hugely disappointed with the squad he’s picked. Illogical selections and poor cover in key areas. This first test was a huge chance for England with the Wallabies perhaps a bit rusty and combinations not yet familiar. The Sarries players mainly carried England through the 6 Nations but this will be a step too far.

  • Huw Tindall

    I’d be really interested to see what Cheika would have done if Beale was available. Has the power centres combination been forced upon as a temporary solution or is it something he’s looking to longer term? Probably a bit of both and it’s a good excuse to experiment and see what Kerevi can offer as a second five maybe in the Nonu style and if Foley can step up as the single play maker. Love Beale but with his injury and going overseas we may seem him as a super sub for the rest of his Wallabies career.

    • Who?

      This is my big thing. If Beale was fit, where would he go? If Hunt had been fit all fortnight, would he have been brought in as a replacement Kurtley? If so, where would he have gone..?
      For mine, it’s not far off my first choice current Wallaby backline. It’s the centre pairing I want, in the correct jerseys. Happy enough with DHP on the wing. But I’d have him at 11, with Folau at 14, and Beale/(Hunt) at 15. I believe that Kerevi’s good for setting up players off his hips, but without a 10 who can consistently throw accurate 25m passes (which isn’t Foley, or any of the other current options. Let’s face it – they’re not that common in world Rugby, we’ve only had a few like that, Larkham/Cooper, and I’d argue maybe Barnes), a second playmaker – at 15 – is a great option.

  • dom par

    If there is a injury to any back, I think Frisby can cover 10, and wing in attack. Then Horne will slot into whatever role Frisby is covering defensively.

  • LED

    If that starting team doesnt worry England supporters enough, one look at the finishers should make them wear double undies on the day. Love the Cheika way of having some of the maddest cats in the litter waiting to pounce late in the game

  • Tomthusiasm

    He looked rather sheepish when he received the award. All us kiwis in the room barred up.

  • Tomthusiasm

    Hahaha

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