Podcast 258 - Squad Goals - Green and Gold Rugby

Podcast 258 – Squad Goals

Podcast 258 – Squad Goals

The GAGR Rugby Show is back for another week to talk all the latest topics in Australian rugby. This week, Hugh and Matt were MIA, so Rugby Reg was joined once again by the ever reliable Jamie Miller, and our very own Brumby Jack, Steve Lenthall.

The Five Burning Questions-

1. What is the biggest talking point about the Wallabies squad?
2. With conference race all but secure, can the Brumbies advance past the quarter finals?
3. How will the other Aussie Super Rugby teams approach the rest of the season?
4. Who do we think will top the other three conferences?
5. How will the Aussies go in the upcoming Under 20s World Cup?

  • Great chat guys. Lousy test series to be honest. Totally agree r.e. the missing Force players (and I’m a Tahs fan) – Meakes would have been a great addition, and “Haylett-Petty the lock” also.

  • Tim

    Should have picked more Force players. Anyone else notice when Godwin signed with the brumbies he got a wallabies jersey straight away. Would have liked to see Billy Meakes over godwin and Ross Haylett-Petty over Dempsey. Eto Nabuli is trash i’m really surprised he has made the squad.

  • Pedro

    So harsh on Sam Carter.

    • idiot savant

      Agree totally. His workmate this season has been phenomenal. He must start and must play 80 minutes.

      There is a misconception in Australian rugby circles about ‘physicality’. Rugby is a team game and needs players fulfilling different roles. Set piece, breakdown, physical intimidation, mongrel, workhorses, etc. Nobody has got it all (tho Coleman is a freak). The All Blacks have always known this and had a mix of players. Because of the workload, workhorses are less likely to be big physical brutes intent on smashing the opposition. Each team will make at least 100 tackles in a game of rugby. Who is going to make them? There might be 150 rucks. Who is going to contest them? A big ‘physical’ brute like Palu?

      After about 10 rucks and 6 tackles Palu was done. Exhausted. And his ‘physicality’ made no difference to the All Blacks as he played in some of the greatest thrashings ever handed out by them to the Wallabies. Now Im not saying he didnt bring some value. But if you’re going to pick guys like that, you absolutely need guys like Carter or Simmons in the same side to do the work. Its just maths.

      Back in the day when Manly won multiple premierships in the Sydney RL competition there was a bloke called Terry Randall who was among the first picked. He was a second rower that no one feared but his tackle rate was phenomenal and was integral to their many victories. A pack needs a balance between workhorses and ‘physical’ guys.


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