Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Hugh Jarse, Apr 19, 2015.
Maybe not the 23 but what about the 35?
I'd also have Nathan Charles and Josh Mann-Rea ahead of Ready, both with Wallabies' experience as well as a tonne of Super experience. Maybe smoke around Ready but I don't see the fire.
Sef has been going good but as a LHP he has a mountain in front of him. Sio, Slipper, Smith, Alaalatoa. Not this year I'd think.
Ready would have some chance at being the third hooker if TPN was still injured but likewise so would Mann-Rae, Fainga'a and Latu.
Few naysayers have a koala in their header ;-)
I'm just thinking that no Australian rugby follower can be missing the Red scrum, even when it was without Finger and Slipper. Id imagine Cheika might just want a Red front row to at least be packing against in training.
I did say a smokey.
Tahs set piece has been abysmal with him at hooker
I never promised it would be a good selection
We're talking about players who are only a selection chance with injuries. Latu made a squad briefly a couple of years ago after lots of injuries so who knows what will happen if a similar situation occurs again.
I think his lineout throwing is an issue. Hard to blame him too much for the Tahs scrum problems in my opinion. TPN wasn't able to hold that scrum together either.
I can't see Latu or Mann-Rea in the mix at Wallaby level. Ready looks good and has been playing well but wouldn't think he will be in gold this year either. Moore and Hanson for England and TPN when back from injury. Charles may get a look in too.
I see no value in Latu whatsoever. I just don't see any quality.
I'd have Ready there for sure in the top 3 and I reckon Cheika would dig his style. Abrasive and physical.
Also reckon Cardyern Neville's a strong shout at lock.
I thought pushing Neville was a step too far, but he is another who is playing hard.
Anybody but Moore, TPN or Hansen taking the field this season in a Canary jersey while 2 of them are fit is silly talk IMO. Ready wouldn't be a bad 4th choice, but I suspect it'd be either Fainga’a or Charles depending on the opposition, series circumstances and who's injured.
As for Lock, while Simmons is likely number 1, reckon Coleman, Arnold and Carter, not necessarily in that order, are likely to be ahead of Neville.
As for Fa'agase, with Sio, Smith, and probably Slipper all fit, why would he be considered. Even with injuries, Allalatola would deserve the call first.
It appears Nick Stiles has a message for haters of scrums
Both are high on the kneed's list for the Wallabies
Hanson 3rd? Not after his latest performance.
Yeah yeah. Didnt Reg say it. The kind of physical attitude that Cheika looks for.
Fwiw I think the WB coach squad has rugby IQ issues if they dont want to use the Red "B" front row for scrummaging training. From there Ready and Faagase have a rock'n'roll ride in front of them. Hell, add in Talakai while w are at it.
[One eyed Red rant now done]
I don't think Smith is locked in as one of the Wallabies top 3 loose-head props.. Slipper and Sio are the top loose heads, followed by a pack of props include Sef, Alaalatoa and Smith.
Don't know why everyone is concerned about loose-head though, tight head is the area of real concern..
I'd happily pay to watch our scrum atm. That's how i deal with it
Thought Fa'agase would be top of that list.
I'll see myself out!
Ready would be eaten alive in an international, give him 2-3 more years of beefing up. He claims 107kg but at only 180cm and how he looks I reckon he'd be pushing 95kg.
It is pretty much the Reds and Brumbies front row who should and IMO will dominate test selection.
18. Alexander - Pains me to say it.
Can we get Talakai/Makin more game time, we really need to blood that second THP moving forward.
I agree there's no need to rush him into the test squad, but not because of his weight. I don't care what the stats day, he handles himself well In contact and is one of the few forwards who regularly wins the collisions and able to get across the gain line.
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