Podcast 306 - Selection Panel - Green and Gold Rugby

Podcast 306 – Selection Panel

Podcast 306 – Selection Panel

With sixty days until the Wallabies kick off their first match of the year, Rugby Reg, Hugh and Nick came together for a special episode of The Green and Gold Rugby Show. This week, the lads name their World Cup squads and argue over who will be the starting 23 the Wallabies should take to Japan, as well as any potential bolters to might be a shot of making the squad.

Rugby Reg’s World Cup Squad: James Slipper, Folau Faingaa, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Luke Jones, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisirani, Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Sefa Naivalu, Kurtley Beale. Reserves: Damian Fitzpatrick, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou,  Lukhan Salakai-Loto, David Pocock, Jake Gordon,  Quade Cooper, Tom Banks.

Hugh’s World Cup Squad: Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisirani, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Dayne Haylett-Petty, Kurtley Beale. Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Adam Coleman,  Lukhan Salakai-Loto, David Pocock, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua.

Nick’s World Cup Squad: James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau , Alan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Michael Hooper, Lachlan McCaffrey,  David Pocock, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Cam Clark, Matt Toomua, Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge, Dayne Haylett-Petty. Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Scott Sio, Matt Philip, Jake Gordon, Kurtley Beale, Tevita Kurindrani, Quade Cooper.

Who is your starting 23 for the Wallabies?

  • Bobas

    Reg’s 23 most aligns with what I would have come up with.

    Nick having Hooper in 6, Cam Clark on a wing, Kerevi in 13 and a 4/4 bench split is a noble opinion but I don’t see it happening.

  • Zippo

    Why are we even bringing up Tatafu Polota-Nau?
    Last spring tour, he was guilty of walking on the field.
    His brief stint in super rugby, he was off the pace.
    Why wouldn’t we look at someone like Rangi

  • barbz

    Dempsey has been ordinary this year.

    Also, I don’t believe Dempsey played vs the reds last week as he has been injured for a few weeks now. Swinton 6, Hooper 7 and Wells 8 started with Miller on the bench.

    • Howard


  • Mart

    I found footage of Reg’s reaction to Isi Niasarani’s background before force


  • Howard

    Good podcast boys. I agree with Zippo that TPN shouldn’t be in the mix. He was underwhelming for the Tahs when he came back and some promising hookers about. I agree that Maddocks has dropped of the radar after a good start. I think with everyone fit there’s a pretty handy squad in there

  • Mart

    Amazing we suddenly have depth in the pack and tight 5.
    The wingers are not so clear.

    I hate playing fullbacks on the wing
    Niavalu has to be one. As he is an out an out winger

  • Juan_Time

    Good pod – always love the selection debates. Would have enjoyed it if the three of you had selected a combined 23 also.

    The variation suggests either some good depth or lack of stars. Obviously fair accord, but looking at the options – 2nd Hooker is really unclear. Mafi has impressed me, but not sold yet. Lock – has Arnold fixed his running body height yet? Otherwise good combo. I’d like to see Coleman play a few games. I think we need Isi at 8, and would be happy with either Jones or Dempsey at 6. Like Reg, I think Quade has dropped away and CLL has continued on. Kerevi wherever he wants. I’d start him and TK in the centres (despite my love of Toomua). DHP 1st pick in back 3, with other 2 spots up for grabs (Hodge, Sefa, KB, Banks, Petaia). Today I’d go Beale and Hodge.
    Craziest calls by the boys – Nicks 4/4 bench. That sort of wild talk starts wars. Reg – Fitzpatrick. It’s not Sean. Hugh – Phipps. Energy yes, but not tassie devil style.

  • Huw Tindall

    Great pod! Love a selection discussion. Would be happy enough with all 3 squads and ultimately it may be down to injuries and immediate form that answers individual positional debates.

    My squad for what it’s worth:
    FR: Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa = combinations and form
    SR: Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold = form, work rate and maul destruction
    BR: Luke Jones, Michael Hooper, Isi Naisirani = size, speed, work rate, lineout options
    9/10: Will Genia, Bernard Foley = form and reliability
    Centres: Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani = form and experience
    Back 3: Beale, DHP, Hodge = counter attack, safe pair of hands, boot

    FR: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu = experience…so much of it
    Forwards: Adam Coleman, LSL, David Pocock = impact off the bench
    Backs: Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua = energy and versatility

    • ballymoreburning

      on form, I reckon thats pretty spot on (TPN excluded) . my concern is there is very little passing in that team (lots of power and speed though). excellent lineout and maul defence in that pack too. I think mcaffery for naisirani should be experimented with in the lead up to determine if the added ball play he brings actually creates more variety/opportunity in attack. Petaia could be a smokey if they go a 4/3 split (in for Coleman).

      most unlucky:
      Thor losing out to Kepu
      Philip losing out to LSL
      Mcdermott- just too soon but deserves the bench
      maddocks/banks – foley has never had a good game without Beale on the field, and they will need Hodges boot. this team won’t win games by large margins.


      Cheika will pick nothing like this

      • Huw Tindall

        TPN is the question hey. If Fitzpatrick had an extra 5kg he’d be in there for mine. None of the other hookers screaming out. Also TPN is a scrum beast,

        The unlucky stories are something we haven’t had in a long time. Actual depth. Shock horror!

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    The Pooper! Really? I thought that was long dead as everyone can nullify it. I like the idea of Cam Clark as he’s been pretty good and I think would step up well.
    I don’t like playing people out of position to get others on the field. If someone is better, he plays. I’m not so sure having 12’s play 13 or 15’s play wing or locks play 6 actually works in the big games against good opponents. I know you need versatility in your replacements but not at the start.
    I’ll get smashed for this but I worry about Beale’s mental strength. I much prefer him at 15, can’t believe it’s taken Gibson so long to sort this out, but I think if a good team pressures him he’ll revert to crabbing and pushing passes as we’ve seen in the past. I’d have DHP start at 15 and have Beale as a reserve. Kerevi at 12 and TK at 13 is bang on. Clark and Naivalu for me on the wing.
    I’d seriously consider Hegarty for 10 as I don’t think the others are stepping up. Definitely To’omua to the reserves to cover 12 & 10.
    I like what I’ve seen of McAffery at 8 and Jones at 6. I’m still not sold on Hooper as either 7 or captain and I’d play Pocock if fit.
    It would be nice to see some changes but I still see Cheika refusing to not play his love children so not expecting much of these teams getting on the field. Pity. Rock on Oct when he’s gone.

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      To me Clark looks like a good super rugby level player, but a bit like a Fitzpatrick or a Hanigan, there’s no reason to think he should be anywhere near the Wallabies. Not demonstrating anything beyond being a regular super rugby starter.


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