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Wallabies squad for Ireland series

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by Brumby Jack, May 30, 2018.

  1. KOB1987 Andrew Slack (58)

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    Just started a match thread, I don't know how to copy your post over, I would have done that to start it otherwise
  2. Jerry West Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Faulkner is reportedly ruled out for 6-8 wks due to a foot injury
  3. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    You have to start Kepu and base the scrum off him. Tupou is an incredible talent but there is no need to throw him in to the first test with a debutant hooker and a LH that has shown himself to be vulnerable at times.
    We need Tui or Hanigan starting in the back row. Neither would be my first choice..but I do not pick the squad.
  4. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Hanigan isn't available for the first test.

    I have no issue starting Kepu and had him there in all the previous teams I've picked. I think Tupou has shown himsefl to be very strong in the scrum as well as his overall form being outstanding. If he is struggling Kepu can come on earlier.

    Finishing with the Tahs front row sounds like a good option for continuity.

    I think Timu's form has been outstanding and his ball running and offloading will be welcomed. I think our lineout will stand up well enough with two good locks and a couple of bit-part options in the backrow.
  5. Tomikin Mark Loane (55)

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    Do you take Tupou starting knowing that if he gets stitched up you bring on Kepu..guess its safer then having Kepu start bring on Tupou and get hammered..

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  6. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Timu is very exciting. However he is still quite green in union and does not need to be thrown in starting in his first test.
    Start Tui at 6, even if he only plays 30-40mins.
  7. Derpus Andrew Slack (58)

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    You'd have to imagine, with the selection of Samu, that Tui won't be in the 23. Purely because he has barely had a run all season.
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  8. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I don't really get how picking Tui who has only played 4 tests, played very few games this season and has very limited experience at 6 is the safer option.

    I reckon that's about the riskiest selection decision Cheika has available to him.
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  9. Ruggo Mark Ella (57)

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    You've got to start Thor. Kepu on the bench but Thor needs to start.
  10. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    Thor's penchant for giving away a silly penalty or two each game does frustrate me.

    I'd rather have Kepu starting with Thor off the bench, in the first test anyway.
  11. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    You start your most experienced THP against the second best side in the world, in the first test, with a tight turnaround
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  12. Merrow Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    I don’t know, Kepu’s given some pretty dumb penalties away in his time as well. RWC 2015 final springs to mind.
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  13. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    He got red carded in his last test match but who's counting.
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  14. Derpus Andrew Slack (58)

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    I'd be amazed if Cheika started Thor. I wouldn't be as amazed if he'd played himself into the starting gig by the end of the series though.
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  15. TSR Peter Johnson (47)

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    I wish we had the same selection problem for 6 that we have at 3.

    Actually - having said that I am very happy with a backrow of Timu, Hooper & Pocock everywhere except the lineout.

    Maybe a 5 man lineout with the locks and Timu as targets and Hooper & Thor as running options.
  16. dru Andrew Slack (58)

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    For sure the Irish will play to that.
  17. Up the Guts Tony Shaw (54)

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    The frustrating part is that if we had a semi-decent jumper at 6 we'd have a really strong line-out. Simmons, Rodda, and Coleman are all excellent in the air.
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  18. dru Andrew Slack (58)

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    Two at a time though. How many true jumpers have Ireland got?
  19. Zero_Cool Vay Wilson (31)

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    I would say with Rodda and Coleman (mix in Simmons off the bench) Timu is likely to be enough of a lineout option. While he's still figuring it out having come across from League he's got pretty good instincts and natural ability for it.
  20. dru Andrew Slack (58)

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    Cheika has run with two only true jumpers before. It didn't end well. Why would this?
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