Well, the people have spoken. The votes are in and we have our official Green & Gold Rugby Wallaby Team of the Decade!
As many people suggested throughout the series, many of the positions were fairly cut and dried. Scrum Half and Fly Half, for example. There were some tough decisions, however, such as balancing the player’s overall career compared to what he put on there this decade.
This was probably most relevant in the fullback position in which many people were split beteen Matthew Burke and Chris Latham. A special mention to Timmy Horan too who still managed to get 20 odd votes, despite playing less than one whole game of footy this decade. What a player!
But we didn’t get it always right. Most notably at inside centre where we opted for Flats, Grey and Jason Little. The voters, however, were more keen on Matt Giteau and we here at G&GR have listened – he’s in the team. That’s how we roll! So, without any further delay, we have our Team of the Decade:
And for interests sake, our Wallaby A Team of the Decade would be (Gits has to double up)!
15 Matt Burke; 14 Ben Tune; 13 Dan Herbert; 12 Elton Flatley; 11 Clyde Rathbone; 10 Matt Giteau; 9 Will Genia; 8 Wycliff Palu; 7 David Wilson; 6 Owen Finegan; 5 Nathan Sharpe; 4 David Giffin; 3 Al Baxter; 2 Jeremy Paul; 1 Bill Young.
So what do you think? A handy side? I must say, that’s an interesting front row. How would we go against that Rest of the World Side we picked? In fact, screw that, how would we go against that Wallaby A side? That’d be a tough one I reckon. Look at the match-ups.
Burke v Latham
Tune v Roff
Herbert v Mortlock
Palu v Kefu
Wilson v Smith
Young v Noriega
Paul v Cannon
Finegan v Elsom
The battles are awesome and across the park. So who do you reckon would win and where would they win it?