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Friday’s Rugby News sees the ARU looking to change their name, the latest on the Wallabies squad, Gatland open to being the Kiwi coach and the squads of the NRC being announced.


Goodbye ARU (the name)

Crawforde Brighton-Welles

Guess what guys! The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) will cease to exist in the coming weeks.

Well, only it’s name. But it’s a start, I guess.

Instead, they’re going to be going under another name, for some reason: Rugby Australia. So I guess we call them RA now?

I honestly don’t know what the point of changing the brand name. Because if they’re doing it to give the impression of a ‘national game’ after the events of this year, that name might quickly begin to sound a wee bit sarcastic.

According to Payto & Panda at the Daily Telegraph, the renaming may come as soon as next week. The ARU are officially coinciding the release of the new name with them moving into the new headquarters at Moore Park, which will be officially opened by the NSW Government sometime next week.

Plans to rebrand reportedly began in 2016, but was put on the backburner as the whole saga of Super Rugby erupted, leading to the eventual dismissal of the Western Force from the competition. With that all out of the way, the ARU are hoping that the re-brand may lead to washing away of a lot of the crap that was associated with the SR debacle, and continue on as branding the game as a ‘national’ sport.

See what I mean? Oh, the irony.

Squeak’s Sendoff

Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore

It’s the final rugby Wallaby match in Australia this year, and while the match is a dead rubber in terms of the context of the Bledisloe Cup match, it has been a more surprising series compared to recent years, even though we lost again. Following a tale of two halves in Sydney, the Wallabies came close to knocking off the All Blacks in Dunedin in a performance that raised a lot of attention from everyone.

Our very own Brent Craig did his preview for Bledisloe III here on GAGR last night, which you can check out right here.

For those of you who haven’t seen the Wallaby squad, here it is below:

15. Israel Folau, 14. Marika Koroibete, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kurtley Beale, 11. Reece Hodge, 10. Bernard Foley, 9. Will Genia, 8. Sean McMahon, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 6. Jack Dempsey, 5. Adam Coleman, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Sekope Kepu, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1. Scott Sio. Reserves: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Lukhan Tui, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Samu Kerevi, 23. Henry Speight

It is a particularly notable match, in that it will be Squeak‘s final test on home soil, and how fitting it is that it will be on his home patch. Stephen Moore has been unsurprisingly reflective on his season, but has been keeping focused ahead of the match, as a win here would do much for the Wallabies heading into their end of season tour, and for ending the year off on a positive note.

You certainly find a few more friends in these kinds of weeks,” he said to rugby.com.au.

“Everyone comes out of the woodwork, but it is great to get the opportunity to play at home and got a few mates who are going to rock up to the game, my family as well.

“I would like to think they’ve been there the whole time.

“That means a lot to me but I really want to keep the focus firmly on the team’s performance and significance of this game for this particular group of players is really big.”

Michael Cheika also had plenty to say on Moore’s final home dig, he mentioned that Moore has done an awesome job in mentoring many an upcoming hooker, particularly current Wallaby young-un Jordan Uelese.

““As much as I’d like (it) to be a bit more symbolic, Moore deserves his opportunity to play in this game and I’m sure he’s going to make it count,” said Cheik.

“One thing I’ve noted about him since I’ve been involved with him in this team is his genuine desire for Australian rugby to be something that the people of the country enjoy and are a part of.

“(He’s been) doing some of the harder yards for some of this new generation of leadership to start to leave a legacy behind for the next guys, which has probably been missing for us.”

Out of all the players though, it was Will Genia‘s comments that were particularly noteworthy, especially given the halfback has played with Moore more than any other player.

“You’ve heard him speak about what this week means to him and it’s all about the team and preparing as well as you can to contribute and the one thing that stands out is just how selfless he’s been, being involved in this particular group,” he said.

“That (2015) World Cup year where we had a decent run to the final, it was the first time i’d been involved in a Wallaby team where there was true direction and leadership as far as who we wanted to be seen as, how we wanted to play.

“It’s obviously just a great privilege for me to have said that I’ve played with someone who’s played so many Tests for Australia and will go down as a great of Australian rugby and of course in world rugby as well.”

While many have heaped plenty of criticism on Squeak, and yeah the bloke may have passed his prime, but god he had a solid run, both for my team the Brumbies (117 caps), the Reds (50 caps) and in Wallaby colours (120 caps, the second highest in Wallaby history behind George Gregan). Oh, and he’s also our fifth most capped skipper in Wallaby history.

Full credit to the bloke. Hope he can finish up his international home career here in Australia a winner. Onya Squeak.

Never say Never

Gatland warm up   in Lions vs Force 2013

Well, many saw the British and Irish Lions series as a test of Warren Gatland‘s credentials. Many people have circulated around the web that Gatland wants Steven Hanson‘s job at the All Blacks, but few had actually asked the man himself. His answer: in a heartbeat, if the timing was right.

Gatland would be open to any chance to return home to coach, not just for the All Blacks. While many had painted the reception the Lions received in New Zealand as being hostile, Gatland admitted that most of that was simply confined to the press.

“I’ve got to say the hospitality we had in New Zealand was unbelievable,” he said to Radio Sport, as told on Fox Sports.

“The amount of people who spoke to me and contacted me to say that they were disappointed by some of the stuff that was written puts things into perspective.”

While Gatland has talked about coaching the All Blacks before, he has admitted that he would wait a bit first after finishing up with Wales in 2019, and would be more on the lookout for a Super Rugby coaching position.

“The plan is to finish in 2019, have a six-month break — coming back home, going to the beach and putting my feet up for a while,” he said.

“Then see if there are any opportunities after that, perhaps in Super Rugby. The thing about New Zealand is you have to be in the right place at the right time because there’s not a lot of coaching positions.

“(If) you come back to New Zealand and if there’s an opportunity to get involved in Super Rugby and you’re successful other things open up for you.

“That’s the way I look at it. I promise you there’s not a strategy in place of me coming back to New Zealand and wanting to coach the All Blacks.”

NRC Squads Named

Reece Hewat

Reece Hewat

It’s close to crunch time in the NRC, when the penultimate round of the regular season kicking off this weekend. Many Wallabies players are back in Brisbane now, so expect to see plenty of more exciting club players out and about playing in the NRC this weekend.

Check out the new lists for the teams now on rugby.com.au here.

Crowd numbers were down surprisingly over much of the last round, but rest assured, there will be no problems getting people to games this weekend. Starting off is the game that could be the match of the round, with Fijian Drua effectively playing for a home semi-final when they take on Queensland Country in Suva. It will be tight affair, and with a fast finishing Brisbane City side, a loss here could prove fatal in the context of the teams season. Fiji have been lightening at home, but they are coming up against a Country side who have won five on the trot. It’s gonna be a thrilla in the tropics.

Brisbane City will be back at their spiritual home of Ballymore, hosting the Greater Sydney Rams this weekend. With a fourth place position now in their grasp, City need to captialise and grab a win here to stop the chasing pack in the form of Perth Spirit and NSW Country Eagles. For the Rams, it’ll be little more than pride that will see them through this match, and a good performance here will lift the spirits on many in the west.

The third match sees Perth back in their western fortress of McGillivray Oval, taking on the Sydney Rays. The Spirit have to win here, and win big. If they don’t (and Brisbane City win), their season is effectively over. As for the Rays, its been a pretty disappointing season all round, so with nothing to play for but pride, maybe they might force an upset.

Finally, the other cellar dwellers Melbourne Rising will be playing for pride when they host NSW Country Eagles in Melbourne. The Risings season is as good as gone, so their will be motivated to try and produce a performance to make Victorian fans happy. The Rising and Rebels have only won a single game each in their seasons so far. Talk about a lack of success. As for NSW Country, they need to take it in a week in, week out basis. They’re the outside chance of making the top 4, but have knocked over some big scalps so far this season in the form of the Canberra Vikings and the Spirit.

The Vikings, meanwhile, have the bye.

Finally, on a positive note for to finish off the week and to remind everyone of the talent the NRC is bringing through, the Reds have officially signed Queensland Country winger Filipo Daugunu. Daugunu is the leading try scorer so far this season, and it’s great to see him rewarded with an official contract at the Reds.

“I moved to Australia with a dream of playing Super Rugby and I’m so excited to get this opportunity with the Reds,” he said to rugby.com.au.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time during the NRC and feel confident with the way I’ve been playing. I’m looking forward to the next Super Rugby season.”

Brad Thorn also was quick to weigh in on the young winger.

““For Filipo, he moved to Australia with a goal of starting his journey as a professional footballer. He’s hungry to succeed and we’re excited to have him join the Reds next year.”

  • Andrew Miller

    You got me all excited there Nic! Sadly, what looks like a turd and smells like a turd..

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    • Bakkies

      Chocolate Stilton?

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    Rugby Australia is an oxomoron because it is everything the ERU are not. The are not for rugby nor Australia

    • Who?

      I remember some other Union deciding to change it’s name, dropping the ‘Union’ and rearranging the format a bit from its traditional style. Worked out really well for Rugby WA… Wonder if the same will happen with Rugby Australia..?

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Good luck with the future Squeak. I haven’t always agreed with everything he did on the field but he has been a true servant of Australian Rugby for a very long time and that is something worthy of respect. I met him a couple of times when I lived in Canberra and he was always willing to talk and give his time. At times I felt he was under rated and I think he tried to change into something the coaches wanted that affected his game at times as well.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Sorry Gatland but anyone who whinges as much as you wouldn’t fit into the team and organisation. Yes you got hard done by at times, but what else did you expect, and if it wasn’t that then you really don’t understand the NZ scene as much as you think so that’s another reason why not.

    • Tomthusiasm

      Bit harsh on Gats, he’s achieved more for Wales and BIL than Hansen and Henry ever did. I reckon he should be in line to succeed Hansen. I’m not sold on Foster but there’s also an argument for continuity there.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Mate, I think he’s actually a good coach, but I just find him a bit of a cry baby and ready to blame everyone else when things go wrong. I’m also not so sold on his acheivemnents as in the last few years the Welsh team seems to have gone backwards, so not so sure of his credibility.

        • Funk

          “…bit of a cry baby and ready to blame everyone else when things go wrong”….hmmm reminds me of another coach?

        • Westo

          It only happens when your losing

        • Tomthusiasm

          Yeah, if you lived in the UK you’d probably be miserable too! I think Wales recent results have been poor, which might be down to coaching, but there a lot of other factors that could come into play. They always seem to struggle with their dual contracts and now adding the 60 cap threshold. But I think across the board they simply don’t have enough class players, because the Wales contingent in the BIL usually perform really well, under the same coach. I just think he needs enough quality players to get a team humming, which is why I wouldn’t mind him coaching the ABs.

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          That’s a valid point actually and he may do betterif he gets the AB’s. I just see it as a risk and I thjink a period as an asisstant or in a Super rugby team first would be abetter plan.

        • Bakkies

          Gatland divides his time between NZ and Wales. He missed test matches coaching Wales due to falling off a ladder in his house in NZ.

        • Fatflanker

          He’s probably earned the right to be considered a world-class coach but his sulking and carry-ons in the media (especially during the Lions series in Oz prior to the third game), made him a bit of a muppet for mine, (yes, he’s in good company for sure).

        • onlinesideline

          That would be my issue with him if I were a kiwi, his coaching. His coaching of Wales has fallen short when it comes to playmaking especially. I really think that the 12 odd minutes during the Wales v Australia pool match in RWC15 when the aussies had 2 players in the sinbin said alot about Gatlands Wales. ie they really failed to capitalise, had numerous chances both at scrum time and out wide and totally blew it. Whether its actually Gatland or lack of cattle, I can’t be 100% sure but couldnt one argue he needed to take SOME of the blame re his selections or if not that then his coaching on getting the boys over the try line. To me that was a huge fail and they havent impressed since either. Their victory over England, well the poms were useless, so…

          Additionally the Lions are chocka with pretty good players at a minimum so you dont have to be a brilliant coach for them to be at least competitive. I honestly think he was seen as a saviour of Welsh rugby because they were at one stage so bloody poor that any half way decent coach could only go upwards from there. He’s not bad but hes no Steve Hansen or Ted and I dont think he’s a fit personality wise for AB coach. He doesnt have the nicest disposition and as the ABs are a global brand, a bit of charm is needed as coach / ambassador. I for one really like Hansen, dont have a problem with the bloke whatsoever. Thats my 2c.

        • Who?

          It’s a very interesting thing, isn’t it, to look at former Kiwi 10’s coaching overseas? I’m thinking Gatland, and the fact that Wales has only really had one good 10 during his time. And that old warrior was there when Gat arrived (Stephen Jones). After that, he burned the anointed successor (Hook – who ended up as a utility at best), and went through a heap of other guys, without really finding a consistently good 10 (I don’t rate Biggar). You’d think a 10 could teach a bloke how to play 10?
          Then look at another former 10 (and 15), Robbie Deans… Came after the old great retired (Larkham), burned the anointed successor (Giteau, who ended up as a utility at best), and went through a heap of other guys, eventually burning them all. No one who played 10 under him succeeded there long term. You’d think a 10 could teach a bloke how to play 10?
          They both also looked to play a very disciplined game, looking for hard forwards, and eventually resorting to a crashballing 12 arrangement. Gatland did a better job of formulating a game plan that could be executed by his team (witnessed by a few 6N’s titles – though not recently!), but neither really found a game plan that would consistently beat their closest rivals for the long term.
          In terms of the Lions, I thought the 2013 Lions were, frankly, lazy. They should’ve wrapped it up 3-0. But they played with a grinding mentality. If they’d played with the intent they showed in the Third Test from Brisbane on, it would’ve been a hiding. But instead they wanted to mess around, win penalties and grind the Wallabies down, instead of living up to their potential and blowing them away. And dropping BOD wasn’t the reason the team clicked in Sydney – it was a change in mindset, from “We don’t want to lose,” to, “We have to win!”. With the 2017 Lions, my concerns before the tour were that they’d not pick all their strongest attacking weapons, and they wouldn’t utilise the ones they did take. Which seems to have been nicely confirmed by SOB.
          Gatland’s a good coach, but I don’t want him coaching in Australia, and if I were a Kiwi, I wouldn’t pick him, either.
          But that doesn’t mean he’s an ordinary bloke – I think he’s got some quite admirable personal qualities, and I don’t think the media always give him the best time…
          I’ll also note I don’t mind Hansen at all. I don’t see the snide side that many on here do. That may just be my personality – I did find, after getting married, that my sms’s from my mother had a whole other side that only my wife could see (and eventually my wife was proven correct!). But I similarly don’t see a snide side in Cheik, or Gat, or Eddie, or… Sometimes I just see a lack of intelligence!

        • Bakkies

          ‘His coaching of Wales has fallen short when it comes to playmaking especially.’

          Who Gatland? Unlike his son Gatland played hooker for Waikato and isn’t like Eddie Jones in regards to being a better backs coach than looking after the forwards. Rob Howley has been his backs coach for a long long time. Pretty sure he was working with Gatland at Wasps.

          Gatland has never coached in Wales at club and regional level so he hasn’t brought through talent. His experience at that level was gained in Ireland where he was with Connacht and ended up coaching the test side, England and NZ.

          Gatland has coached sides that play with a lot of structure (the joke has been around telling the players where the rucks should be), running decoys (Cuthbert and North running lines off 10 and 12) and mixing around his backrow options. That would be more suited to coaching the Wallabies than the ABs.

          Wales have flyhalfs but like the Aus they can’t defend, have decision making flaws or been shuffled out of position. Sam Davies was Junior player of the year but he can’t defend so he has had limited time at flyhalf for the senior side. Gav Henson is the James O’Connor of Welsh Rugby, Hook the Kurtley Beale without the behavioural issues and Matthew Morgan went to Bristol when they were in the Championship a few seasons back. Rhys Patchell is untested and the erratic Rhys Priestland won’t meet the new selection regulations.

        • Who?

          Good point – forgot Gatland senior was a hooker…
          Gatland not bringing through talent by not coaching at provincial/club level isn’t necessarily all that relevant. Neither did Deans. Hansen and Henry weren’t recent coaches when they took on the ABs.
          My point was more that players are obviously doing the job at club level, so why aren’t they able to step up? I’d argue that Hook was the Giteau of Welsh Rugby – the presumed 10, but never nurtured into the role after the old man (Jones instead of Larkham) retired. 10’s obviously a tough position at the top level, in terms of vision and decision making. So having a structured game plan should make life easier for them. But even with that, they still aren’t providing great outcomes. Put it this way – I don’t feel nervous playing against Wales, haven’t done for years… Regardless of how poor the Wallabies might be in a given year.

  • Alister Smith

    Gatland must be coming to Australia on the way through …. he mentions going to the beach

    • onlinesideline

      I wondered that too, was thinking NZ ? beach ?

      • Alister Smith

        I am sure KRL will tell us there are plent of great beaches in NZ – and I did used to know a bloke who worked for the NZ surf life saving organisation but I thought he just made that up

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Absolutely. And you can go there for at least 3 days of each year

        • Tomthusiasm

          And burn your feet on the sand

        • Missing Link

          That black sand is the worst, you could fry an egg on it

        • Tomthusiasm

          Nah, just wear your jandals. Actually the hot sand is the best to lie on after swimming in the freezing cold water. And because the water is so cold – no sharks!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Actually the Great White sharks love the cold and they get them a bit down off Dunedin.

        • Tomthusiasm

          Wow, didn’t know that. Do people swim in Dunedin? I imagine the water would be pretty choppy

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Surf mainly. With a 7mm wetsuit

        • Tomthusiasm

          So it’s cold as f**k and there are sharks, I think I’d rather stay on dry and and have a few Emersons!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          I’m with you mate.

        • Alister Smith

          People surf off the Isle of Lewis in Scotland

        • Alister Smith

          Killer whales too i guess

        • Missing Link

          I don’t own any jandals bro, just a pair of thongs. will they do?

        • Tomthusiasm

          Dunno, give it a try but you might get done for public indecency

        • onlinesideline

          haha – I always get looked at funny when I say thongs in the US

        • Who?

          Once heard a story about an Aussie on holidays in Bali. He had something flogged, so he chased the thief. Eventually, he told a group in the US, he took off his thong and threw it at the bloke… Reaction from the American audience was priceless!

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Mate thongs in NZ are something you wear while pole dancing

        • onlinesideline

          great australian bite, jeffreys bay, californian coast – all white pointer territory all cold waters mate

        • Tomthusiasm

          Yeah, I just assumed sharks were wusses that hated the cold. Not the case as it seems…

        • joy

          NZ Fur Seals = whites. Population around Stewart Island in the deep south is estimated to be up to 120 in season. They cage dive there (probably wearing thongs – both types).

        • Parker

          GA Bight. Bite is what you get from the shark

      • Alister Smith

        Maybe the edited the statement. Maybe it was “The plan is to finish in 2019, have a six-month break — coming back home, going to the beach and putting my feet up for a while….while coaching the Reds …then get a proper job in New Zealand”

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Hahahahah Ba-Boom! You can go to the beach in NZ on at least 3 days of the year, or with a 7mm wetsuit

    • Bakkies

      Is he going to meet with the Clown College?

  • idiot savant

    The rebrand is classic modern management. When you’ve trashed the brand through inept management practices just change the brand but don’t change the practices! Another victory of marketing over substance.

    • Bakkies

      Of course they won’t change their management practices as they still believe they have done nothing wrong. Pack of imbeciles.

  • Missing Link

    I hope “Rugby Australia” don’t change the Wallabies logo

  • Bakkies

    Barely a day after meeting the Irish President it comes out that the ARU is going to re-brand themselves as the RA. Their stupidity shows no bounds.

    • muppet

      Thankfully not the “Incorporation of…”

      • Bakkies

        The nickname for the IRA is the RA

    • onlinesideline

      actually its not so stupid. They are a biz and they know ppl have had a gutfull. Its basic damage repair, cant begrudge them for that. It may not be oozing integrity but corporations arent famous for that are they, even though we expect it from them.

  • Red Menace

    Shouldn’t Rugby Australia be really called – Idiotic Rugby Australia – IRA.

    • Who?

      How dare you defame my family history like that! :-P

  • muppet
  • Adrian

    Thanks Nick
    1. I don’t blame ARU at all. Reason obvious.
    2.Gatland obviously a good coach
    3. NRC keeping up high standard
    4. Wallabies. Bookmakers say 13.5 start. Despite this, it’s not out of the question for Wallabies to win.
    We have to avoid dropping off in the last 5-10 minutes, which means Coleman must play 80.

    Tui on after 60, replacing Simmons, but playing wider when Simmons comes off.

    Hanigan on after 70 replacing Dempsey, but playing similar to Simmons. I think they play similarly anyway.

    Beale to attack the 10/12 channel repeatedly, feeding straight and switching runners. Tries to Folau, Korebette, Hodge, Kerevi.

    We are a real chance I think

    PS
    Run-on front row need to last 65+ minutes.

    • onlinesideline

      if AAAAA comes on and gets done at scrum time, it time to start asking questions

      • Adrian

        I guess so, though I wouldn’t know who to use instead. He was a good LH, and from memory a good TH when he first switched last year.
        I wonder if Cheika’s long term plan is to have Tupou as his other TH, and switch Alaalatoa back to LH.
        All of this shows how little depth we have, but that’s not new!

        Somehow, ….in Ledesma’s last match, I can see the scrum really lifting.

        We’ll go ok I think,….or am I beginning to believe my own BS ? Still, they’ve done ok for last 5.5 games….

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Allan has been an excellent tighthead scrummager for the Brumbies and the best prop in Australia in Super Rugby.

          If he comes on and gets done at scrum time it is time to point the finger at Robertson and Moore, both of whom have had had huge scrum issues for years.

        • Who?

          7A’s has also had issues with Taf and Sio alongside him. I don’t think it’s anything other than a learning phase – Tupou’s going to be a good THP (eventually), but he’s going to have to push Kepu out, not 7A’s. After all, Nela’s effectively another Kepu (i.e. grew up in NZ, known for his great running game, propping at 3).
          The one thing I do think is that perhaps Super Mario hasn’t given 7A’s all the tools he needs yet, and 7A’s performance in this game – against guys who have clearly beaten him this RC – will show Mario’s ultimate capacities. It takes time to coach out bad habits. Sio had one consistent issue through 2015/16. It’s been less visible this year (well, after June, where it appeared again), but I’m not sure he’s been as thoroughly tested, as they’ve been going more after 7A’s. But coaching should see improvement in consistent shortcomings…

      • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

        He’s been solid if not spectacular for the Wallabies, and was spectacular for the Brumbies. THP is the only front-row position where we have depth between him and Kepu.

    • Hoss

      at 13.5 start i am getting some Johnny on our boys !!!

      • Westo

        I’m probably getting ahead of myself but I just put £50 on it at 5:1. Could be a big morning up here in Blighty

        • Hoss

          You get the first pints then ?

  • ForceFan

    So the EARU will become the RU – no pretence at all of representing Australia..
    Why does deck chairs and Titanic come to mind?

  • Hambone

    love to know how much coin they dropped coin they dropped on “rebranding”. they claim to be on their knees but waste valuable resources on fucking name changes.. what a joke.. RA, doesnt even sound official .. over this prick Clyne…

  • John Tynan

    The ARU to RA thing reeks of desperate PR, and even if it is just a poor coincidence, seems another example of being out of touch with their own mission and vision.

    Besides all the corporate speak, what did every rugby lover grow up with from the league crowd?

    “Rah Rah’s”.

    What are the so-called ARU “rebranding” to?

    …..

    Draw your own conclusion.

  • Bernie Chan

    When I first read the item about a “rebranding”…I thought Nick was being satirical…Now I see he was not…What a joke, pay some “consultants” mega-bucks (when $ are hard to come by…) to make a pointless change. As others have noted…classic modern (mis) management practice…smoke-and-mirrors to distract. Meanwhile…our Wallas have a chance to get a win at a soggy Lang Park. The ARU can get stuffed…but “c’mon Wallabies!!”.

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