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ARU Top Ups - Who's getting them?

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by ChargerWA, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. ChargerWA Mark Loane (55)

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    I'd be interested to know who's getting the top ups. I don't think there is a list anywhere. I'd be keen to see if we could reach a consensus on who is getting them. I guess the other thing is how many players are actually receiving them. Word was that they were to be reduced from 50 to 35-30. I would imagine they would be into the 30s now with JOC, Digby and Berrick having left since the announcement and with Gill and Mowen still not on one.

    I'll list the players I would expect to have one and bracket any players I think are a 50/50 chance of having one.

    Props:
    James Slipper
    Benn Robinson
    Ben Alexander
    Sekope Kepu
    (Scott Sio)
    (Paddy Ryan)

    Hooker:
    Tatafu Polota Nau
    Stephen Moore
    (Saia Faingaa)

    Lock:
    James Horwill
    Rob Simmons
    (Sitaleki Timani)
    (Kane Douglas)


    Loose Forwards:
    David Pocock
    Wycliff Palu
    Michael Hooper (wasn't on a top up last year, but surely will be this year)
    Scott Higginbotham
    (Dave Dennis)
    (Ben McCalman)
    (Scott Fardy)


    Scrum Half:
    Will Genia
    (Nick Phipps - was a Deans favourite)

    Fly Half:
    Quade Cooper
    (Bernard Foley)
    (Christian Lealiafano)

    Centres:
    Adam Ashley Cooper
    Mike Harris
    (Tevita Kuridrani)
    (Matt Toomua)

    Wing/Fullback:
    Israel Folau
    (Nick Cummins)
    (Joe Tomane)

    The hardest part will be working out who has now been given a top up, as it usually coincides with a contract negotiation with their super club.
  2. lemoen Ted Fahey (11)

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    Doubt Fardy should even be on the list. Minimum 2 years in the squad.

    Hooper will probably get one, Donnu about Gill, I think Poey's on one until 2015
  3. Inside Shoulder Nathan Sharpe (72)

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    Foley would not be on one, surely: first test was only last year.
    Surprised if Harris is on one - he really only had one big season (his first) and has struggled to make the run on side for the reds since - I think.
  4. Inside Shoulder Nathan Sharpe (72)

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  5. gel Chilla Wilson (44)

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  6. JSRF10 Dick Tooth (41)

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    Sitaleki Timani wouldn't be this year, he is in France.
  7. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I think Ben McCalman would be on one. He's been in and around the Wallaby squad pretty consistently over the last few years.

    I think Phipps would also be on one (although I'm not sure when they start and finish). He probably had a top up in 2013.

    Certainly Mitchell, Barnes, Ioane, JOC, and Timani would have all had top ups before they left last year. Mitchell and Barnes were made to wait around even though they weren't going to be selected (which I didn't understand considering the ARU's financial position).

    I'd guess there is still a reasonable likelihood that Kurtley Beale is on a top up unless his previous one finished in 2013.

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