Wallabies
  • Tri-Nations review: South Africa vs New Zealand

    Springboks 21 – All Blacks 26 Ominous signs from the boys in black In their come from behind win over the Boks yesterday in Durban, the All Blacks showed some frightening glimpses of their potential, with just a few Achilles heels on display.Nine points behind with 15 minutes to play, New Zealand...

  • What changes for the Wallabies?

    Everyone agrees that the Wallabies showed an impressive level of grit against South Africa last Saturday. So is the team now set, or are there improvements on selection to be made? I believe there are small but important changes to made: 1) I’m gobsmacked Staniforth wasn’t on the bench for the test...

  • Next Wallaby Coach – The Race is On

    So what prompts the coach of the NSW Waratahs to say to the SMH: “I have read...

  • Tri-Nations Rugby: South Africa vs Australia review

    ALL GUTS BUT NO GLORY Springboks 22 – Wallabies 19 The Wallabies showed today that they are far from being the easy-beats of this years Tri-Nations, and proved that they have the foundations of a RWC challenging side. However, despite marathon stretches of heroic defence, some key errors and the boot of...

  • Enough already! Journos & the Wallaby backline

    Photo from Reuters For the past two weeks the cry from some prominent Australian journalists has been that the Wallabies have “retreated” to an “old guard” back-line combination that has an abysmal away record. These pundits are barking up the wrong tree. First, lets have a look at this combo’s overall record,...

  • Tri-Nations: South Africa vs Australia – preview

    Now to the real deal. No more gutted out touring sides or ‘minnow’ nations. The experimentation has stopped and reputations are on the line. So what can we expect this Saturday from the Boks and the Wallabies?Matching up the backlines, the absence of Habana evens out the scales between the two sides,...

  • Bored journos, or a plot afoot?

    If you want to read a piece of baseless muck-raking journalism at its best (or should that be worst?) have a look at this piece from Peter Jenkins in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph: Sacking me ‘crazy': Connolly DEFIANT Test coach John Connolly last night warned that any push to sack him before the...

  • Australia vs Fiji – Wash up

    FOR RWC’07 RESULT & REVIEW CLICK HERE Picture courtesy of Rugby Heaven Australia 49 – Fijian tackle...

  • Wallabies vs Fiji – preview

    Click here for 2007 Rugby World Cup match preview Well, apart from the usual Fijian rugby generalisations...

  • Optimism for the Wallabies

    Yes, I believe we can use the words ‘optimism’ and ‘wallabies’ in the same sentance. See my...

  • Second test vs Wales – wrap up

    Palu on the rampage. Photo from Rugbyheaven.com.au A tale of two halves. Australia 31 – Wales 0 In the interest of sanity I’ve managed to erase almost all memory of the first half of this test from my mind, making a critique of those 40 minutes pretty difficult. Night-sweat inducing flash backs...

  • We’ve got the answer

    With the level debate over the Wallaby backline selection growing to a fever pitch, let’s stop for a minute to look rationally at how we got to this point, because it actually clearly shows what the selectors must do next.Cast your minds back to the start of Connolly’s reign, following the debacle...

  • First Wales test – wash up

    Australia 29 : Wales 23orAustralian forwards +29 : Australian backs -23 Well, for a match review you can pretty much read my match prediction in the previous post. Not surprisingly, a back-line made of out of position players and devoid of combinations was a error-ridden shmozzle and this Welsh team is not...

  • First test 2007 vs Wales

    Right, so first test vs Wales tomorrow. Really looking forward to seeing the green and gold out on the paddock again, however I’ve got a mixture of interest and worry about the experimentation still happening with the side – especially in the backs. Some key thoughts about this test:1 – This welsh...