GAGR Rugby Podcast Episode 174

GAGR Podcast Episode 174: The one without any RWC legends

GAGR Podcast Episode 174: The one without any RWC legends

We’re getting the band back together and we’re on a mission from Gagger.  The focus of this rugby podcast is back pretty much solely on Super Rugby this week as we inch our way closer to finals footy. Plenty to chat about from Round 12 of Super Rugby which saw the Tahs, Rebels and the Reds the only Aussie teams to not lose this weekend. How they all shape up in Round 13 however is the big question – and one we will answer for you.

The Rugby World Cup remains in the back of our mind, and in the midst of our conversation. How does Toulon’s success, and more specifically Drew Mitchell’s and Matt Giteau’s, impact on Wallaby squad selection? Well you all know how much Hugh loves answering questions and he’s back again this week, joined by Dave and Timmay!

There’s no Rugby World Cup Legend rugby podcast this week, but we will be back next week * with an absolute cracker, so stay tuned for that one.

Our “Burning Questions” this week were as follows, give us your answers in the comments below:

  • Will the Waratahs win back-to-back Super Rugby Championships?
  • Will Michael Foley keep his job next year?
  • Who should coach the Reds next year?
  • Will Drew Mitchell make the RWC squad?
  • Can dual-opensides work for the Wallabies?


    good stuff guys

  • ForceFan

    Michael Foley is the best thing that has happened to the Western Force. His main problem is the lack of an “even playing field” due to the benefits of ARU/Wallaby top-ups for the Waratahs, Reds and Brumbies.

    • The ARU doesn’t top up Western Force Wallabies?

      • SuckerForRed

        Matt, with your contacts can you get a list of the players on ARU top-up’s? Don’t want or expect the values just want to know who.

    • Braveheart81

      Top up contracts will always reflect who is most important to the Wallabies. It’s a fact of life that the best performing Super Rugby teams will produce the most Wallabies and therefore end up with the highest overall salary payments because the Wallaby matches account for a substantial part of the season and the wage bill.

      I completely get what you’re saying, but I don’t really see a work around.

    • Foley was a good thing to happen to the Force, but his strengths (very good forwards coach / organiser) have been offset somewhat by less wonderful backline skills / attack coaching. Even throwing more stars at them doesn’t guarantee a humming attack, if the plan and structures are missing. It’s not a direct criticism of him, but it is partly down to who he recruits as attack coach, and to some degree the players he has the organisation chase. He had good players at the Tahs and produced similar mediocre attack.

      • RobC

        I think the Force attack has lifted in the past few games or so. Stay tuned for the vid.

  • Phil

    Regarding Mitchell into the Wallabies,I always thought he was a very good winger but injuries seemed to strike him down every time he looked like being a regular test player.That try he scored in the Cup final was a bottler,so he doesn’t seem to have lost any skill.He certainly would not let the side down but is wing a position we really need to bolster?

    • moaning expat

      Mitchell has a glass jaw. And there’s is plenty that are ahead of him even if he played in super rugby. End of.

      I’m glad there was one panelist that agrees that hooper and pocock can play together. The thing is the different styles of play that they have works perfectly. If we had two pococks or two hoopers it wouldn’t. Unfortunately you cant play hooper anywhere else than 8 or 7 . Pockocj has the 7 jersey but hooper is wasted in the bench. You can’t bring him on to replace Pockock as that’s a Waste too.
      (I have the claim to fame of being a Pockock fan long before any peer even knew his name )
      Btw Is there anyone else out there that thinks like I do – mcmahon is the next wallaby legend?

  • SuckerForRed

    “The issue with the Force is talent not coaching.”

    Yeah. Unlike a couple of years ago…….


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