Podcast 325 - "Off-The-Ball Work" - Green and Gold Rugby

Podcast 325 – “Off-The-Ball Work”

Podcast 325 – “Off-The-Ball Work”

The Super Rugby AU final is upon us, and the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup has been announced. Probably a good time for a podcast, finally! Rugby Reg, Matt and Hugh return for another episode of the Green and Gold Rugby Show, and chew the fat on the latest topics in Australian rugby.

WARNING: mild coarse language

The Five Burning Questions:

1. Who is going to win Super Rugby AU?
2. Is this format the way forward for Super Rugby?
3. The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup announcement: is this our biggest opportunity in years to turn the game around in Australia?
4. Rennie’s squad: do we like what we see?
5. Which rookie player in the squad do we expect to be a bolter into the Wallabies?


  • Jason

    On the plus side, Australia can probably sneak into the top 4 if they beat South Africa & Argentina well. That’d be a massive boon for the 7th ranked Wallabies to creep into the top 4 just before the World Cup Pools are drawn.

    • Kevino

      Well if SA send a weak enough squad it will be good for the points boost, Argentina won’t help the rankings muck. Also remember NH are playing a 8 team tournament over the same test window so there will be some movement in the NH too.

      • Jason

        Yeah, I’d hate to speculate on how those games could do and what implications that would/might have for the rankings. But ultimately, Aussies win a few easy games against SA & Argies, maybe sneak a win or two against New Zealand, and they’ve got every chance to be in the top 4.

  • Juan_Time

    Really enjoyed your weekly pod boys. Final this week hopefully should be a cracker. Question – when is a final a grand final. In years gone by, it was always the Super Rugby Final. Is it an Australian thing?
    Good walk through possible wallabies team. Like the To’omua captaincy option. Think LSL deserves to start in the row and maybe if partnered with Philip might fill that running gap lost with Isi’s absence. ABs Lock strength not what is was without Herman Munster and Barrett. At half I would prefer to see Tate of the bench. Adds spark and energy to bring it home a la TJ.
    One thought, with three good FBs, but none owning the position, is an option to play one of the young 10s (Lolesio or Harrison) and push O’Connor to 15. He seems to do some defending and kick retrieval there anyway.

    • Huw Tindall

      Hugh was on the money this pod with some of his calls. First off we are 100% having a TRC simply because all the SANZAAR unions need the money! If that means a half baked SA and Arg side then so be it. In saying that they’ll still be competitive. Then his call on To’omua for Captain. Easy candidate if you want to retire Hooper from the captaincy even if it comes with risk of a captain prone to injury. Regardless I still see them starting Hooper at 7. His massive motor and work off the ball with multiple involvements is exactly what Rennie likes. Also I reckon they’ll play a similar defensive system to the Reds which requires a really mobile back 5 to allow midfield to rush pretty much all the time with the back 5 covering a lot of territory across the pitch. This is one of the reasons Naisarani didn’t make the team I reckon. Great work ethic but it’s all in tight and he doesn’t contribute as much in the wider channels or broken play.

      Re #15 with no strong candidates I really really don’t want them picking players out of position. Unless you’ve been playing 15 all season you should be nowhere near a run on Wallabies 15. Want to leave this out of position BS behind with the Chekia era. Positions in rugby are too specialist that you can’t just put a talented guy in a different position and expect them to perform. They’ll get found out at test level.

  • Reds Revival

    I loved Hugh’s line, “Broke people will do what they need to in desperate times”, or words to those effect. I think he really nailed it there, so we will be seeing all four nations in the TRC. I just hope that in clear air (with no NRL or AFL playing), that it actually gets some good support from the locals.

    • Huw Tindall

      100% we are seeing a TRC mate. Hugh was bang on here. SANZAAR will move hell or high water to make it happen. We already saw the NZ government buckle a bit on their quarantine to give the Wallabies some time to prepare for a Bledisloe test.

  • Tim

    Good chat fellas. None of you picked up our lack of decent 13’s? If Jordan Petaia is injured we only have one other true outside centre Hunter paisami who is uncapped. I really like Loesio at the start of the season he destroyed Kiwi teams If he is fit he was our best 10 before injuries.


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