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More Wallaby debuts and shuffling for 4th Bledisloe

More Wallaby debuts and shuffling for 4th Bledisloe

Coach Dave Rennie has chosen three more debutants (one of which from the bench) and thrown Reece Hodge into the flyhalf jersey for the final Bledisloe Cup match of the year at Suncorp this weekend.

Your Wallaby 23 is:

1 James Slipper (Brumbies)
2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa (Reds)
3 Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)
4 Rob Simmons (Waratahs)
5 Matt Philip (Rebels)
6 Lachlan Swinton (Waratahs)
7 Michael Hooper (Waratahs) – captain
8 Harry Wilson (Reds)

9 Nic White (Brumbies)
10 Reece Hodge (Rebels)
11 Marika Koroibete (Rebels)
12 Hunter Paisami (Reds)
13 Jordan Petaia (Reds)
14 Tom Wright (Brumbies)
15 Tom Banks (Brumbies)

16 Folau Faimnga’a (Brumbies)
17 Angus Bell (Waratahs)
18 Taniela Tupou (Reds)
19 Ned Hanigan  (Waratahs)
20 Liam Wright (Reds)
21 Tate McDermott (Reds)
22 Noah Lolesio (Brumbies)
23 Filipo Daugunu (Reds)

Immediate Takeaways:

  • Tom Wright and Lachlan Swinton will make their Wallaby debuts having been selected in the starting side from outside the match day 23, replacing Filipo Daugunu and Ned Hanigan respectively. Daugunu and Hanigan both drop back to the bench,
  • Angus Bell comes on to the bench for his potential debut, with Scott Sio out of the squad.  Angus follows in the footsteps of his father Mark who made his debut v Canada, also in Brisbane, back in 1996.
  • Reece Hodge is the third flyhalf used this year, following James O’Connor and Noah Lolesio.  Hodge last started a test at 10 against Japan in 2017. O’Connor’s injury is still not 100%.
  • Other replacements are Rob Simmons coming in for the injured Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Hunter Paisami starting at 12 for Irae Simone and Tom Banks regaining the fullback jersey from Dane Haylett-Petty.  Folau Fainga’a returns to the bench for Jordan Uelese.
  • James Slipper will start in his 100th cap in his home town, having debuted back in 2010 against England in Perth.

 

 

  • laurence king

    My first criticism of the new management, Hodge at 10, who dreamed that up? Doesn’t seem to be the way forward here. Surely if O’Connor is not fit, then Lolesio and Harrison share the spot and what did Simone do wrong? Certainly a betwixt and between move.

    • OnTheBurst

      Agreed. Not sure what Hodge at 10 achieves. I’d frankly prefer Lolesio there again, even after his poor game last week.

      |If it’s a long game we are playing, what’s the point of playing Hodge at 10, unless he’s considered an option at 10 for the next RWC?

      • RedAnt

        Goal kicking is the only thing I can think of… but I’d still prefer Lol.

    • Mike D

      I reckon it’s partly to cushion Lolesio mentally. Bringing him on from the bench makes sense to me. Plus Hodge to add some defensive starch and offensive straight running, to me he’s always looked a bit harder to tackle – kind of bony with knees and elbows flailing everywhere. Yeah you’ll tackle him, but it’s gonna sting a bit.

  • Brendan Hume

    Congrats to James Slipper. A really good footy player who’s really made the most of his second chance. Good luck to the team – to be fair, they’re probably going to need it…

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  • idiot savant

    Lets hope we can hold onto the ball for longer periods this time. That in itself will give the ABs less time to run up a cricket score!

    Im really looking forward to Swinton. We have needed an enforcer for a long time and I hope they have worked on his technique to make it look like he is wrapping an arm. We needed another heavy runner after LSL was ruled out. With him and Wilson hitting blokes we might get to dominate some collisions. Bell too will bring physicality.

    I thought Simone was treated harshly. Ive seen worse debuts get rewarded. Bit worried about Paisami defending at 12 but he does have a turn of speed that Simone doesn’t have and he can shoot on the 10 from 12. The Brumbies back 3 should bring some cohesion. I guess we are really in the development phase now.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      I wonder if Simone is injured from that late collision on Saturday. It looked like a pretty hard hit

    • UTG

      I’m looking forward to seeing who they’ve decided Swinton is going to go after. In that Reds vs Tahs match he went right after Wilson and ‘Nela and did a very good job. I reckon it’ll be Beauden and Cane.

  • Hoss

    Love my gold, but that’s not a team who can beat New Zealand in a month of Sundays.

    • Yowie

      Perhaps, for one game, we can give Wallaby caps to the 23 most violent and unhinged criminals currently in taxpayer-funded accommodation.

      Sort of a Dirty Dozen mission against the ABs.

      • Hoss

        I guess with the cup gone Moses is taking the opportunity to blood a few, but Hodge at 10 s a real head-scratcher. Give Genesis or Pat Healy a go at 10 and some minutes in a game that has less pressure than a Bledisloe decider like last week. The Sheila is also unlucky to miss out all together. i don’t see any value at all in Roosevelt on the pine that’s a real waste of a position – a specialist winger – WTF?

        • Adrian

          I think the guys dropped out of the 23 made unforced errors. The guys dropped to the bench were possibly following instructions when they fucked up.
          That’s the best spin I can put on it anyway

        • Hoss

          Possibly but that would be very harsh on SOB, as I thought he looked terrific in that small cameo.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Seems like that to me too mate

        • formerflanker

          Hey mods – can we have a permanent drop down box with nicknames/real names?
          Asking for a friend.

        • Huw Tindall

          Did Will Harrison run over Rennie’s cat?

        • Adrian

          Harrison might have just dodged a bullet this week though

        • Huw Tindall

          Could have indeed! Would have been a rough welcome. Maybe he’s playing the Argies again this week with the “NSW” side assuming it’s happening?

        • Adrian

          I am thinking Test v Argentina the week after.
          Ideally with the other U20 guys and fed by Jake Gordon

        • Parker

          Then Samu must have eaten it.

      • Keith Butler

        We’ve got The Brick only another 22 needed.

      • idiot savant

        That would be kiwis playing kiwis though wouldn’t it?

        • Yowie

          Gold.

        • From NooZealand

          So we are better even at that. That’s OK. We are better. He He he.

        • idiot savant

          But not at being humble

        • Who?

          Nah, we’re deporting them now. ;-P

      • onlinesideline

        then the kiwis would laugh at us for doing it why playing a dead rubber. If you are going to do it, do it in the first Bled otherwise it aint maddog at all. Its just dummy spitting.

        • Yowie

          Its just dummy spitting.

          Pretty much.

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        From what I’ve been told most of them a Kiwi’s anyway aren’t they?

        • Yowie

          Have you been reading Dutton’s letters to Jacinda?

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Jacinda put it on her super secret Kiwi only Instagram page

        • Yowie

          Hint – do a search for “Unstagram”

      • Jason

        Would have been better in game 1…

    • Keith Butler

      Hodge at 10 we’re farked.

      • Patrick

        In fairness maybe we do not need much flair at 10 but just someone solid to either kick it a mile, pass or hit up straight. I would have much rathered JOC but the reality is Lolesio had a rough debut to say the least!

    • Adrian

      Team to attempt to avoid a thrashing I’d say Boss. Not guaranteed though

      • Adrian

        Sorry Hoss. The Hoss appeared as a Boss, so I edited it

    • UTG

      The selection of Hodge at ten makes it seem a lot more rag tag than it actually is. If JOC was the 10 then it really wouldn’t be that outlandish at all.

      • Hoss

        I suspect you are right but that selected side is reminiscent of the 86 Aussie cricket team about to face the West Indies without AB – I can’t look but I can’t look away.

      • Who?

        I’m also not stoked with Paisami at 12. He and Petaia should be one place out each. Paisami wasn’t 12 for the Reds – Stewart was…

    • Tim

      Agreed really disappointed with the change at 10 give noah time in the spot and defending up front.

  • Missing Link

    I mean I like Hodge as a player. I know he’s not well liked here, but he’s usually reliable, however, I have seen enough of him at 10. I don’t think poor Tom Wright will see much of the ball in his debut because of this. I also don’t get the backrow, Samu and Naisirani would have provided some good punch up the middle. And Simmons doesn’t need an intro….

    anyhoo it’s done. carn the boys

    • idiot savant

      Good point. No distributors at 10 and 12. The back 3 won’t see a lot of work. I fear ego in decision making here. Moses is going to show us how he can coach these players in these positions. Its totally at odds with what they said publicly about picking players in form in position.

      I suspect we are going to truck it up directly most of the time. I hope our clean out is working. I do think Hodge could put snow on the up and unders though so maybe the kicks will be more contestable.

      • Adrian

        Yes, I think so idiot.
        Smash it up for 50 and maybe kick better. Look for Peteia and wingers coming in.
        After 50 Lolo to a do a bit of setting up.

        Probably won’t be thrashed

        • Hoss

          Don’t know about that. If they score a couple of quickish tries this could get extremely ugly and fast.

        • onlinesideline

          Bascially what your saying is 43-5 at half time is a very real possibility

        • Who?

          That’s all Sydney was. It wasn’t terrible most of the time. We actually played better – in large part – than we did at Eden Park. It didn’t feel like we were missing 25+% of our tackles. We didn’t drop near as much ball. We just had a few very bad reads – first try, the Wallabies pack not having a clue about watching their opponents and manning up, second and third try all off Lolesio’s unfamiliarity with positioning at 15.

          The ABs were much more clinical in Sydney than at Eden Park.

      • Geoffro

        It really is a bit of a kick in the guts for the young fella though (Lolo) isnt it ??

        • Mart

          Pick and stick , pick and stick

        • Patrick

          He looked happy when he came on !

        • Geoffro

          prob happier outside McDermott,far sharper service. (not knocking White,he had a good game) but he got clean ball from Tate

        • Patrick

          Also the pack was in better form!

      • formerflanker

        Hodge is excellent at clearing out/securing ball immediately after he passes.
        Most 10s pass then run to be the 1st receiver from that support player’s tackle.
        That skill may form part of a new attacking strategy for the Wallabies – secure all breakdowns first, attack second.

        • Mike D

          Ooh I didn’t think of that. Sneaky, I like it. Hodge as a fast, light loose forward in attack, speeds up the recycle. Puts a lot of weight on the half back to run the back line- be nice to have a more experienced 12 there, but potentially unlocks Petaia. Back 3 need to come looking for work.

        • Mica

          If we are doing this then you may as well just put Hoops at 10……………

        • Who?

          But with Paisami at 12, who’s organising the backline..? JOC said himself that Toomua was responsible for the shape in the backline. Lolesio and Simone didn’t manage to do too much last week, though they’re at least both used to organising a backline. We have a 10 and 12 this game with very little experience at that, given one’s a benchie who usually plays in the outside backs, and the other’s a 13.

      • Who?

        Given it was 33º @ 650m above sea level today, he’s gonna have to hoof it high to get snow on those gerryowens!

    • Alister Smith

      I like Hodge, I don’t know about 10 though. This selection of the 12 and 13 is similar to the Kerevi/Kurindrani except that Petaia has a different or wider skill set – but same deal. My confusion is that we seem to be almost selecting for different game plans. We’ve gone from twin playmakers to single playmaker to no playmaker/kicking 10. Maybe he is not just trialling players but trialling match plan.

  • Mike D

    Looks like 10 might be defending at FB, or maybe Hodge just there to defend at 10 with extra starch. Lots of kicks for territory in open play and set pieces. Long range penalties to take 3 points. Fewer rolling/driving mauls from the lineout, more likely to take scrum option where there’s a choice between the two. Increased defensive pressure looking to hit Mounga (Hopefully a lot). Simone sub may be to manage work load on a young team. Hodge to be used to bend the line one or two out from the ruck, looking for quick recycle by White/Tate out to Paisami/Petaia on a centre-a-side split back line. Outside backs will need to be awake to the offload. Expect to see either Banks or Hodge hooked early in the second half to make way for Lolo.

    Chances are I am completely wrong, but always fun speculating the chess game.

    • GeorgiaSatellite

      I like the idea of firing penalties from all over the park (assuming we can get ‘em). The ABs are very much capable of coming from behind, but are not accustomed to it, so it may just be worthwhile to keep the board ticking over. Shit, what do we have to lose?

      • Mica

        There’s a couple sheep jokes in that lot… :)

  • Custardtaht

    Just want to say this is not “Your” Wallaby 23, it is “The” Wallaby 23. My Wallaby 23 would have;

    a) more Tahs
    b) Hodge nowhere near the 10 guernsey.

  • Proud Pig

    Hodge at 10 is to stiffen up the defense and try to put some pressure on Mo’unga. Hodge at 10 allows the defense to at least hold it’s shape. It is not a forward thinking move but I see it as a damage mitigation tactic. Noah receiving another mauling at the hands of the ABs could set him back a few years. I think starting him on the bench is the best spot for him at this stage. If you start Noah he needs to defend in the line. You can’t have Noah starting at 10 and defending at 15 with Banks coming up to defend the 10 channel. That way there be monsters.

    • idiot savant

      Hodge is not quick enough to get to Mo’unga. Paisami is.

      • Damo

        The AB 10 is BB, so your point just got more relevant.

        • Geoffro

          he’ll be 20 metres down the park before Reece has even turned

      • Who?

        Is he..? When Paisami got into space the other week, I started to think I was quicker than him……
        I reckon Hodge has way more top end than Paisami.

      • Proud Pig

        Hodge isn’t overly quick no, but the key to putting pressure on in defense is the ability to hold your shape. Hodge allows the Wallabies to hold their defensive shape because they don’t need to hide him at Full back. The wallabies managed to mitigate damage created when they had JOC and Toomua defending in the line in the first two tests. When Toomua went off the defense went to crap and in the game on the weekend we allowed them to do whatever they wanted.

  • Reds Revival

    I’ve been a fan of Rennie up to now. What was he thinking with his selections? This is not a team to save pride in the jersey.

    Does he just choose a player and spin the chocolate wheel?
    “Samu. Sorry mate, you landed on Better Luck Next Time again mate.
    Next week, Tupou is playing in his preferred position of half back, with Matt Phillip at fly half”.

    I get trying to give a few guys a go, but there is also having value in the national jersey that people have to earn. I just don’t get that feeling from his selections.
    I hope that I am proved wrong, but I sincerely doubt it…

    • idiot savant

      Its a damage limitation side surely? The last one against the Darkness. A better defensive side. Maybe things will make more sense after that. I guess he wants to limit the damage to Lolo. Rennie said he liked how Hodge straightened the attack when he came on so maybe we wont go wide very often. Also its probably part logistics. Hodge trained at 10 as the back up to Lolo last week while Harrison was away with the Twos. Simone’s omission is the real surprise.

      • Steve

        Cause Paisami and Petaia was such a sound defensive combination?

        I’m honestly really not sure what he was thinking about on this one. What’s the thinking behind Simmons and Hodge?

        I hope I’m proven wrong, but this just looks like a team he’s playing for funsies knowing that the series is lost. It doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

    • Timbo

      Id like to see Tupou at 9. at least iff the halfback was the first player to cleanout, we wouldn’t lose the ball so much…

      • onlinesideline

        Well he plays 10 for most of the match. Come to think of it. Make him the run on 10. Can certainly take it to the line, tackle and offload. I have seen him do a shimmy and also a grubber kick.

      • Yowie

        If he’s playing at 9, can Thor still pack in the scrum anyway?

        Perhaps on our feed he can just place the ball in front of our second rowers’ feet before the binding and engagement.

        • Timbo

          Would mean we’d have an overlap in both attack and defence… I like it

    • Damo

      He found the chocolate wheel in the equipment cupboard next to the driver and some broken bits of coaches box furniture.

      • Reds Revival

        Precisely my point, Damo! I thought that we had got away from this madness.
        I though McReight (who I assume is SOB?), was actually pretty good when he came on, but he gets dropped out of the 23 – Why?? There just doesn’t seem to be a reason for some of his selections.

        • Patrick

          and for Swinton who’s been fine this year but I really did not see as offering anything that McReight, or even better Samu or even Naisarini could.

      • Custardtaht

        Nah, he’s been drinking Qld water, should be on the bottled.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      There must be something we’re not seeing about Samu. Neither Rennie nor Cheika had him when the fans were calling his name. Not sure what it is but there just must be something

  • Nutta

    Wow. Not sure where to start.

    Plenty of new blood and combinations which I am a fan of given the Bled is lost anyway. But if that’s the flavour then why no Lolly being allowed to play both sides of the ball at 10 plus Simone? And certainly Simmo & Hodge don’t make sense from that perspective particularly as Hodge has no history/combination/future with Nic White.

    Happy to see Belly get a trot. The sheer strength of the lad is quite something. He is not ready yet but give him a taste and 2-3yrs to grow into himself and him plus Topou would be quite something come next Bill time.

    This is why Rens is the coach and I’m not.

  • Adrian

    Hmmm….yea….ok

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Reg. WoW! there’s a fair bit of dice throwing I this team. I guess we’ll see how it goes. Don’t mind the forwards so much and congrats on Slipper getting his 100 games up, that’s very impressive, but that backline is definitely not one I would have thought of. Paisami and Petaia together could be quite a good thing and they’ll certainly give Luamape and ALB some headaches if they get good go forward ball and some space and I’m glad Lolesio is on the bench with McDermott I hope we see them together at some stage. Saturday is certainly going to be interesting

  • Timbo

    Um.. what?

  • Mart

    Hodge starting 10 vs AB’s and Simmons starting in the row!?! 2020 you old devil you’ve still got it

    • Hambone

      the year that keeps on giving..

  • Adrian

    This very minor mention of Dungunu as a potential fullback year or so ago has me (slightly) intrigued
    https://australia.rugby/rugby/home/news/2018/02/10/brisbane-tens-reds-kerevi-perese

    • Geoffro

      There was also spec in the Brumby circles around a year or so ago that Tom Wright would be groomed as flyhalf (I dont find that outlandish,I think he is an intelligent footballer with a fair skillset) but nowhere speculating that Hodge would be starting a test with 10 on his back ?? That really has blindsided me.

      • Adrian

        He might have played 10 for Wallabies v Barbarians in about 2017. From memory, Quade Cooper was 5/8 for Barbarians. Hodge was so so, but Wallabies won.
        Early in his Rebels career he played a few at #10 and was ok only….but scored a few tries I think.
        Certainly blindsided me though.
        Wright played in centres a couple of times and maybe 5/8 once for Many in RL

        • Who?

          On the money Adrian. Alan Jones’ Barbarians, Cooper carded late for a blind high hit on Folau (blind as in Cooper couldn’t see him until the last moment – it was way softer than Wilson’s shot on Cane’s head which forced Cane off last weekend).
          Ultimately, it was the Wallabies’ pack that won that game, not the backs…

  • Cheika_Mate

    Stoked for Swinton, rattle the cage son, shocked Thor is not starting on his home track, bigger shock with Hodge at ten. No second play maker what so ever, lots of pressure on him and Paisami. Would have preferred Paisami to get a season under his belt at 12 with Petaia at 13 partnership building and confidence. And as for Hodge , he has been thrown under the bus and will be the scape goat regardless of the score. Ten is not his position doesn’t play ten at the Rebels. On a positive though it will mean will play more off 9. White has to stand up and play like a Faf De Klerk which he has done before Auckland just gone and Perth last year. If he has a half descent game this will take pressure of Hodge but the forwards will really need to stand up because they will be expected to do a lot more ruinning work in this game – by the look of it. Shame they did not go for the young bull from the Rebels, cant see Rob bending line to much although he does have the odd moment.
    Great to see Tom Wright get a start. Presuming Hodge will goal kick, very talented back line individually picked but overall I don’t know how they will mix and combine as a unit in such a short time. Individually they know there way to the line but who will get them their.

    • Patrick

      I agree I thought that we needed Thor to run on frankly.

  • Mishad

    Win your scrums, win your line outs, make your tackles, support your running players, commit to the breakdown, clean out the breakdown, don’t do stupid shit, chase the kicks, kick to space, kick over the heads of a rush defence, draw and pass, don’t telegraph stupid cut out passes to players squeezed on the side line. There. Thank me later Dave.

  • Damo

    The fairly substantial selection reshuffle puzzles me. After having another painful look at the game this week, in my opinion this is not one of the great AB sides and the loss margin last week, if not the loss itself was almost completely down to.
    1. The failure to execute basic rugby skills with ball in hand- and in doing so regularly handing the ball back to the AB’s saying “here you are, see what you can do with this”. This included cold coughing up of the ball in the tackle, shit decision making to either kick or pass in panic mode, not catching box kicks, not chasing kicks.
    2. Terrible defensive structure communication. (Was Marcel Marceau in charge of this?), particularly in open field situations caused by 1. above.
    I understand that Dave Rennie might want to give some more squad members a run, and LSL is injured. However he might learn a lot about the real potential of this squad if he picked exactly the same team with the instructions to “get out there and do it again, just get it right this time”. Too simplistic?

    • Hambone

      I’m still yet to bring myself to rewatch. But it was clear to me last sat 10 pints deep that it was the basics that lost us the game, not some incredible leap from the opposition. Defence was an absolute pickle coupled with push passes that were never on, kicks with no chasers and pressure. The ABs eat that shit up all day and rightly so.
      I agree you need to stick with as much of the starting 15 as possible to build that confidence in the line, build trust on that man on your shoulder etc etc, injuries aside. Keep switching out the bench for the next person that stands up and clicks.
      Whilst our false hope was built on the back of Wellington, any rusted on wallaby supporter knew the pain coming 4 tests back to back against the blacks with a young squad.
      Then take out your 2 linchpins directing the hair stylishs and we are in some hot water, then change defensive structures to accommodate and hello Sydney. The forwards didn’t help, and our backrow were out muscled.
      I keep asking why big trev is being held back whilst every other potential “line bender” gets the call up.
      Samu is a mystery to me. I thought the Wellington backrow combo whilst not close to perfect has been our best combo thus far, and giving them time on the park together is the only way for them to start operating as the unit we need..

  • Jason

    I wonder what those calling for Lolesio to start for Bledsoe 1 are now saying…

  • onlinesideline

    One thing about Ozmoses – He clearly does not give a tinkers cuss about what anyone thinks re his selctions. I must admit i like that. Means he will do anything to finda team that works instead of picking the same blokes loss after loss. I just hope he doesnt need to go all the way down the he Shute Sheild to find it.

    • Yowie

      True. The Qld club comp will be closer to where he lives.

  • Huw Tindall

    Look I’m fine with all this EXCEPT Hodge at 10. Unless Will Harrison has come down injured as well then this is hard to comprehend.

    Paisami at 12 is so so but I’d love Hamish Stewart at 12…if only he was in the squad. Could have got him in the squad and dropped a winger or a guy like Len Ikitau.

    • idiot savant

      Yeah Stewart is one of the few who plays with the intensity of a kiwi. I understood his initial omission as they had 3 12s in JOC, Toomua, and Simone, all of whom deserved a shot ahead of him but the injury to Toomua should have seen him brought in. He has played well at 10, 12, and 15 at Super Rugby level and they could do with a genuine utility now.

      • Huw Tindall

        I’m picking up what you’re puting down mate

  • Patrick

    It seems pretty obvious that Hodge at 10 is for his tackling and, with Simmons starting, especially his kicking. Seems a reasonable strategy actually in the circumstances.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      But is his tackling really that good? I haven’t seen anywhere that he’s an amazing tackler in the past

      • Geoffro

        I’ve seen him turned inside out a few more times than my liking.Hes a pretty rawboned type and not likely to be run over too easily but I never consider him as a top notch defender

      • Patrick

        Not amazing but solid enough and big enough to absorb most crash runners. I’d rather have JOC, to be sure, as would Rennie, or Toomua. But I think he could be a safe option, I just hope we have the set piece to deliver the strategy and with Tupou starting from the bench I’m not sure.

  • I’m not sure I’d be picking Simmons as a starter… I understand LSL is injured but I’d still be picking his replacement over him. I hope Bell goes well. I think the chat with Sio would have been a tough one, I don’t think he played badly, so I’m assuming he was told it’s just a rotation policy.

    Hodge at 10? Really? So we have another, basically untried, centre combination, outside a guy who doesn’t play at 10 routinely… that’s never going to hurt us at all. Given the injury situation, Lolesio, Hodge and one of the P’s (Petaia pretty much deserves to keep his place IMO but I wouldn’t mind seeing a swap to get Paisami some experience) reads better to me. But meh, I just sit in an armchair and watch.

    Sorry Mr Rennie, I know you’re making picks based on how you’ve spoken to the squad, your experience and so on. I appreciate injuries have forced a lot of your hand. I’m also really arguing about three of your picks, and that’s an acceptable number to me, I will quibble about that many in great, injury free squads but one of these feels more like a red flag than a “well I wish he’d done that instead” quibble.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Mate Hodge will have a blinder, score the winning points and we’ll all look like idiots for not trusting Rennie

  • juswal

    Just leaving a footnote that Jordan Petaia and Angus Bell were born in 2000. This is meaningful for us mid-1900s models.

  • RahRah

    Some of these selections have me well and truly f#$%ed! (I guess I should enjoy the game then).
    Why oh Why does he persists with the matching “High heels and Handbag” powder blue ensemble of Simmons and Hannigan – I mean……..WHY?
    There is nothing to lose so why wouldn’t you try Hosea and Neville in the second row? I don’t mind giving Swinton a crack, but as Hooper keeps his spot by Royal Decree, why not keep Wilson at 8 and try Naiserani at 6? (oh yeah, he’s at home).

    Hodge at 10? Say what? Let the young fella have another crack at 10, leave him at 10 in defense and see if he will settle?
    Paisami at 12? Has he ever played at 12 before? There’s not much to choose from but if you want Hodge in the team then put him at 12, at least he’s played there before.
    The back three I can’t really argue with.

    • donktec

      As usual i am late catching up with the news, seems that the faith in Ozmoses has been shaken by selections – the thing that we all hoped would quickly start to make more sense. Might be too much to ask for minutes from the team meeting (and then we wouldn’t have fun speculating) but this team list should probably come with explanatory notes.

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