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Your favourite Wallaby XV

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by barbarian, Mar 15, 2019 at 10:04 AM.

  1. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Another Friday, another thread.

    This one is far more subjective. Name a XV of your favourite Wallabies. Don't have to be the best players, just the ones you liked the most.

    I'll go first.

    1. Benn Robinson
    2. Jeremy Paul
    3. Al Baxter
    4. Nathan Sharpe
    5. John Eales
    6. Scott Fardy
    7. George Smith
    8. Cliff Palu

    9. Will Genia
    10. Steve Larkham
    11. Nick Cummins
    12. Ant Faingaa
    13. Stirling Mortlock
    14. Scott Staniforth
    15. Chris Latham

    I always had a soft spot for Al Baxter, something about the harsh criticism made me really happy when he had some success later in his career.

    In fact I'm generally a sucker for late career success - Nathan Sharpe's late renaissance, Scott Fardy, old George Smith and old Stirling Mortlock, and a guy like Scott Staniforth who never really got the chance he deserved.

    Ant Faingaa was always so honest, and I really thought the Honey Badger had some great moments. Ultimately he was let down by his decision making (he really needed to do more to keep Brook on the show, and keeping Cass around until home town week was such a bad choice).

    And Latho's long torpedo punts will always warm my heart.

    Anyway, over to you, the unwashed lunatics of the forum.
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  2. Dctarget Bob Davidson (42)

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    Mate, I've put up with your outrageously one-eyed Waratahs bleating. I've put up with a lot on this forum. But you just crossed the line there, clearly Brooke was too good for him and his hand was forced by the producers with Cass. Also, I respect not choosing anyone at the end, man is brave.
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  3. Brumby Runner Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    OK,

    Robinson, Paul, Palmer, Harrison, Vickerman, Fardy, Smith, McMahon, Gregan, Larkham, Roff, Horan, Mortlock, Rathbone, Latham. Would like to put Poey in there too but can't use him at 8 on principle.

    Ben Tune is unlucky to miss out. On reflection, Totai Kefu should have the No 8 spot.
  4. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Dan Palmer, now there's a name I've forgotten. The great white hope of Australian scrummaging.

    We never got to see the best of him, a bit like Ben Darwin.
  5. barbarian Michael Lynagh (62)

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    I'll agree his final stance was brave, I respected that. But he should never have been in a position where that had to happen. But we digress...
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  6. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Robinson, Paul, Kepu
    Vickerman, Eales
    Fardy, Smith, Kefu
    Genia, Larkham
    Roff, Horan, Mortlock, Folau
    Burke

    Res: TPN, Slipper, Baxter, Sharpe, Gavin, Gregan, Lynagh, Ashley-Cooper
  7. RugbyReg Phil Waugh (73)

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    Way too hard. Way too hard.

    Amateur era

    15 Marty Roebuck
    14 Rob Egerton
    13 Andrew Slack
    12 Brett Papworth
    11 David Campese
    10 Lloyd Walker
    9 Peter Slattery

    8 Willie O
    7 Scott Gourley
    6 Illie Tabua
    5 John Eales
    4 Garrick Morgan
    3 Topo Rodrigez
    2 Phil Kearns
    1 Tony Daly

    Kills me to leave out Michael Lynagh, but Walker's deft passing does it for me.

    Professional era

    15 Chris Latham
    14 Ben Tune
    13 Dan Herbert
    12 Tim Horan
    11 Andrew Walker
    10 Steve Larkham
    9 Matt Giteau
    8 Jim Williams
    7 George Smith
    6 Sean McMahon
    5 Radike Samo
    4 Adam Coleman
    3 Taniela Tupou
    2 Brendan Cannon
    1 Matt Dunning

    Again, would love to fit in QC but Larkham can't be omitted.
  8. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    The younger you are, the easier this is.
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  9. Dctarget Bob Davidson (42)

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    Yep, my team gives away my age. I have a bit over a decade to choose from:

    1. James Slipper
    2. Stephen Moore
    3. Dan Palmer
    4. James Horwill
    5. Dan Vickerman
    6. Ben Mowen
    7. Liam Gill
    8. Radike Samo
    9. Will Genia
    10. Berrick Barnes
    11. Joe Tomane
    12. Pat McCabe
    13. Stirling Mortlock
    14. Drew Mitchell
    15. Luke Morahan

    I just think most of those guys are solid respectable blokes. Never thought Barnes was particularly amazing just a funny dude. I've also noticed most of my team has sported solid moustaches at one stage or another. Maybe that's why I like them.

    Also, Morahan's try against the Lions gets him in for me.
  10. Dismal Pillock Peter Johnson (47)

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    no such thing as a "favourite" wallaby XV so for the purposes of this post I will change it to "most feared". Those wobs that had me feeling a wee bit antsy at test match time

    1. oops at a loss already
    2.
    3. ?
    4. Greg Cornelson 4 try freak, thanks for the memories you **** ********* ****. Don't tell me he was a#8, the c*** was 3 metres tall.
    5. Vickerman
    6. Finnegan. terror.
    7. Pocock
    8. Kefu
    9. Gregan
    10. Ella. should say Larkham I know but my memories of Ella he was hell on skates
    11. Tuquri
    12. O'Connor. he was a real concern at RWC2011
    13. Herbert (no offense but **** this guy)
    14. Mat Rogers. for a brief spell he was dancing around the ab's, f*** this guy too
    15. Chris Latham
  11. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Now for a really one-eyed favourite Wallaby XV:

    Robinson
    TPN
    Kepu
    Welborn
    Vickerman
    Brial
    Hooper
    Gavin
    Payne
    Larkham
    Roff
    Barnes
    AAC
    Tuqiri
    Beale

    Difficult to select Larkham and Roff given they never played for Eastern Suburbs nor the Waratahs but there you have it.
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  12. Finsbury Girl Chris McKivat (8)

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    My favs: (either good to have a few jars with or great to watch or both!!)

    Crowley
    Foley
    Blades
    Eales
    Connors
    Cockbain
    Wilson
    Kefu
    Slattery
    Larkham
    Roff
    Little
    Herbert
    Tune
    Walker

    Honorable mentions who were unlucky to miss out
    Lynagh
    Farr-Jones
    Gavin
    Giffin
  13. Finsbury Girl Chris McKivat (8)

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    I remember those days when we had a formidable pack :(

    I'd have both Loane and Shaw in my amateur team. The games I've seen them in they were monsters. But yeah I've got a soft spot for Willie O & the Human Skewer!
  14. Froggy Syd Malcolm (24)

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    1. Stan 'the man' Pilecki
    2. Phil Kearns
    3. Topo Rodriguez
    4. John Eales
    5. Steve Williams
    6. Willie O
    7. Greg Cornelson
    8. Tim Gavin
    9. Steve Merrick
    10. Mark Ella
    11. Campo
    12. Tim Horan
    13. Michael O'Connor
    14. Brendan Moon
    15. Roger Gould
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  15. Jets Geoff Shaw (53)

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    1, Crowley
    2, Moore
    3, Link
    4, Eales
    5, Sharpe
    6, Connors
    7, Smith
    8, Kefu
    9, Slattery
    10, Ella
    11, Campo
    12, Horan
    13, Little
    14, Barry Lea
    15, Latham

    Kind of obvious I grew up around Ballymore in the late 80's-early 90's.
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  16. wamberal Steve Williams (59)

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    Nobody has picked the best I have ever seen play in Wallaby colours, namely Ken Catchpole.

    1. Benn Robinson
    2. Tom Lawton
    3. Topo Rodriguez
    4. John Eales
    5. David Hillhouse
    6. Dick Thornett
    7. David Pocock
    8. Tim Gavin
    9. Mr K
    10. Mark Ella
    11. David Campese
    12. Tim Horan
    13. Stirling Mortlock
    14. Lote Tuqiri
    15. Matthew Burke
  17. RugbyReg Phil Waugh (73)

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    with all due respect Wam, with Lee Grant no longer posting, I doubt any of us have actually seen him play.
  18. wamberal Steve Williams (59)

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    Probably right, Reg. You poor buggers. Think what you missed out on!!!
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  19. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    There's every chance there are more people on the forum that were supplied drugs by his son than saw Ken play rugby.
  20. Beer Baron Alex Ross (28)

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    1. Slipper - seems like an unlucky good dude.
    2. Foley - as a kid the way he threw the ball was cool, everyone tried to copy.
    3. Thor - watching him drop back to fullback in club rugby for kick returns is funny (unless your the first defender)
    4. Vickerman
    5. Rodda - early call
    6. Cockbain - the first forward i thought was an "enforcer"
    7. Gill - the one handed lineout steal behind his back. Did some magical things for reds whilst young.
    8. Willie O - loved saying his name.

    9. Any half back that doesn't take two steps. (early Genia and early Gregan)
    10. Flatley - First superstar
    11 Hynes - Mr Reliable
    12 N Grey - Crash ball king
    13 A Faianga - Defence was unbelievable
    14 Tune - allowing kids to wind themselves worldwide.
    15 Latham - Torpedo, despite socks down behaviour

    Not the best team but fun!

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