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Thursdays Rugby News sees Big names re-sign with Wallabies, Wright move for the Brumbies, Rugby Court Cases and more changes to the All Blacks


 

WALLABIES LOCK DOWN SOME BIG NAMES

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Melbourne Rebels Flying Fijian Marika Koroibete and Queensland Reds man mountain Izack Rodda have re-signed with Rugby Australia and their clubs.

Koroibete, the 26 year old ex Melbourne Storm player, has signed a one-year contractextension keeping him in line for a World Cup appearance.

Michael Cheika recruited Koroibete from Rugby League with the intention of playing him at the World Cup in Japan, but with him out of contract at the end of this year, this signature is a strong statement, keeping Koroibete in Australia and away from Rugby League for at least another year.

Koroibete wants to repay the support the Rebels have shown him since coming across from the Storm.

“I am very happy to be continuing with the Rebels in 2019. I joined the Club when I first came to professional Rugby and they have supported me to become a Wallaby. Now I want to repay their belief in me and be the best winger in the world. Melbourne is where I believe I can achieve that.”

He is now eyeing a chance for glory at next year’s World Cup.

“Then hopefully go from there, get picked for the World Cup. It really would be a dream come true.”

Izack Rodda has ignored offers from other clubs after he put pen to paper, keeping him in a Reds jersey for another two years.

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“I’m very excited to re-sign for the two more years and I’m really looking forward to sticking in with the Reds and the Wallabies,” Rodda said.

“The Reds gave me my first crack and my first contract. I was one year out of school and I haven’t really looked back since.

Coming off a strong 2019 for the Reds, Rodda has started in all six Wallabies test this season as he develops a strong lock combination of Adam Coleman. Rodda definitely looks to be fitting into Cheika’s World Cup plans nicely, filling in a spot that only a few years ago was struggling to find strong stand out performers.

Now that he has locked in his place with Rugby Australia, Rodda wants to continue to push for select and cement a place in the match day squad.

“I want to try get in the World Cup squad then cement a spot in the 23, and hopefully win a World Cup.”

 

WRIGHT CALL FOR THE BRUMBIES

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The Brumbies have bolstered their playmaker stocks with the addition of Manly Sea Eagle Tom Wrightfor the 2019 season on a two-year deal.

Raised in Randwick and a highly sought after schoolboy star, Wright had previously been tipped to play sevens at Rio in the 2016 Olympic games.

Wright has spent three years playing Rugby League after he took up a deal to play U20s for Manly. He went on to make five appearances for the senior team.

The Brumbies have gotten the win for Rugby by recruiting back a young talent from League as they hope to play him in the 10/12 jersey along side Christian Lealiifano.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom to the Plus500 Brumbies,” CEO Michael Thomson said

“Tom is a very exciting prospect and is exactly the kind of young, enthusiastic talent, that thrives in the Brumbies environment. His pace and electrifying running are sure to get fans on the edge of their seats. We are looking forward to welcoming Tom to Canberra and the Brumbies.”

The Brumbies will need to hope for fans to get into those seats before they should worry about putting them on the edge, but a player of Wrights calibre could be an enticing factor.

Brumbies Head Coach Dan McKellar is excited by what Wright can bring to Brumbies back line, with Wright being able to offer something in a position that Australian Rugby lacks depth.

“Tom has genuine X factor in attack with ability to create something out of nothing,”

“He also possesses very good skill. We have said for some time now that to play our style of rugby we need to recruit players with good skill and Tom has that.”

Statistics

Name: Tom Wright
Position: Inside Back
Date of Birth: 21/07/97
Place of Birth: Randwick, New South Wales
Height: 1.86m
Weight: 97kg

 

NOT GUILTY

Australian Men Sydney 7s James Stannard

It was a big day for news regarding court cases and Rugby Players with the man accused of allegedly king hitting former Aussie Sevens captain James Stannard being found not guilty.

Englishman Sam Oliver, 23, claimed he acted in self-defence when he hit Stannard outside a kebab shop in Coogee in the early hours of the morning back in March.

“Nothing good happens after 2 o’clock,

“I’m pretty relieved. I need to let my mum know straight away. She’s worried sick.” Oliver told reporters outside the court.

Magistrate Richard Funston found Oliver not guilty of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.

“I have come to the view that I’m not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this very serious charge can be made out,” Mr Funston said.

The magistrate believed that the injuries sustained by Oliver were as a result of a fight before the alleged king hit and not from when Stannard’s teammates tackled him into a car.

“This unfortunate incident had the potential to end with even more tragic circumstances,” Mr Funston said.

“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the fact that alcohol was such a huge issue.”

Stannard said he was disappointed with the outcome of the trial.

“I feel like the truth didn’t come out in the hearing. There is no excuse for violence in this community and I don’t condone it,” he said.

In another case of Rugby player related violence, former Rebels player Amanaki Mafi has plead not guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani, claiming he acted in self-defence.

Amanaki Mafi

Mafi was charged with intent to injure, after he an Timani went out drinking after the team loss to the Highlanders in Dunedin at the end of the Super Rugby Season.

Mafi is seeking a trial by jury as he pleads self-defence. The court was told Mafi and Timani would try and meet for a restorative justice conference, however.

The judge remanded Mafi on bail until the case is heard in November.

 

ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER AB SQUAD

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Beauden Barrett is back for another outing as fly half for the All Blacks on the weekend, with Aaron Smith return as half back. The pair’s return is amongst several changes made by coach Steve Hanson from the squad he picked last week.

1/5 the starting line up with week for the All Blacks this week is made up of Barretts as all three brothers start together, Scott in the second row and Jordie at Full back.

SBW returns from injury via the bench, with Ryan Crotty and Rieko Ioane also returning from injury though the starting line up.

Veteran Sam Whitelock comes back into the starting team as replacement for the injured Brodie Retallick, with Liam Squire and Sam Cane taking back the 6 and 7 spots respectively.

Speaking to the media this is what Steve Hansen had to say: “We’ve had a good week’s preparation here in the Capital focussing on what we need to bring to the game through our skillsets, the intensity of our play and our energy. We know that we’ll have to be at our very best in all these areas to counter an opposition we know will be desperate following their back-to-back losses. That means we’ll have to respond with a quality performance and a real hunger to be better. You just have to look at our last encounter in Cape Town to understand what kind of beast we will be facing.”

 

Photo Courtesy of Keith McInnes

Photo Courtesy of Keith McInnes

The squad to face the Springboks

1. Karl Tu’inukuafe (6)2. Codie Taylor (35)3. Owen Franks (101)4. Samuel Whitelock (102)5. Scott Barrett (22)6. Liam Squire (19) 7. Sam Cane (57)8. Kieran Read – captain (112)9. Aaron Smith (76) 10. Beauden Barrett (66)11. Rieko Ioane (17)12. Ryan Crotty (38)13. Anton Lienert-Brown (27)14. Ben Smith (71)15. Jordie Barrett (6)

16. Liam Coltman (2) 17. Tim Perry (2) 18. Ofa Tuungafasi (19) 19. Patrick Tuipulotu (16) 20. Ardie Savea (28) 21. TJ Perenara (48) 22. Sonny Bill Williams (47) 23. Damian McKenzie (18)

 

 

  • onlinesideline

    Never new of this Tom guy, as I have been overseas for a few years and dont watch NRL but stone the crows hes exciting. Watched his highlights. How come he has only played 5 first grade matches for Manly. Is the comp for a spot in that team soo high ? Hes nearly 100k and he has so much speed. Man, what skill. Wouldnt he best suited for 12 at 100 kgs even 13. Wonder where he played at Joeys, not that its so important.

    • Brumby Runner

      Yeah, I’d have thought 97kg was a bit on the large side for a No 10. Like you, I think 12 and 13 might be more suitable spots.

      • onlinesideline

        How good would it be to have a guy in wallabies at 13 who is 102ish kg with speed like that, with a step and fast off the mark. How long has it been ? Wonder if he can tackle ?

        • nmpcart

          Hopefully he can make the transition back to rugby – some of the league guys struggle to look so good in 15’s. It is good to see Australian rugby getting some of their talent back.

        • onlinesideline

          Yeah but he went to Joeys and knows the game. Would be good to get that ex Scots guy from South Sydney NRL, Crighton, Maddocks mate back into union. Must have crossed his mind. So much for rugby union public school stars going to NRL, these guys were GPS blokes. Wheres their fkn pride.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Koroibete played rugby growing up and he has no idea how to play the sport at this level, and he plays in an easier position.. Hope you’re right though!

        • nmpcart

          Yet he’s a Wallaby. What does that say about either his ability to adapt to new things, selection, coaching or lack of suitable alternatives?

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          It’s a about selection. Morahan shouldn’t have been an incumbent winger for years. Even now Naivalu, Banks and Rona are better players. Even Speight.

        • Dud Roodt

          Crichton said a few weeks ago he has always thought about coming back to union. His deal with the Roosters ends a year before the 2023 RWC

        • Damo

          The video shows he is very quick but seems to have some real rugby smarts as well. Get him into the Wallaby squad- they should be able to coach that out of him! Sorry.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          To be honest I feel like if he plays this year (big if) 12 is the only realistic spot assuming everyone else is fit.

          We need more centres with distribution skills who can defend, like ALB and Goodhue, rather than just sticking flyhalves there, or blokes who don’t/can’t pass but can tackle.

    • juswal

      I watched a clip of his First XV shenanigans (he wore 10 and 13) as well as the Manly highlights. Looks like he could kick goals from the sideline, and punt/grubber 40-plus metres. And catch a high ball. The only question left is can he tackle?

    • Damo

      And mate many thanks for revisiting “stone the crows”.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s, well pretty quiet on the rugby news today, so lets see if I can stir something up.
    – Koroboite, good on you for securing a one year deal. Cheika obviously sees him as part of the mix. Scary though we have player in the squad, like many others that lack the basic skills to be there.
    – Reds keeping Rodda is a good thing for them. Lets see what other rabbits Thorn can pull out of his arse.
    – One verdict of not guilty, and one pleading not guilty. I dont think Mafi will be as lucky as the Pommy Git. I give odds of 5-1 he is going down. Any takers?
    – So John Lacey the Irishman is the referump for the Wallas vs Falklands losers game. What do the GAGR’s know about this chappy? I must admit I know as much about him as I do about soccer!
    Over to you GAGR’s!

    • onlinesideline

      Not justifying the punch but just goes to show, the first report painted the picture this Chucky dude was completely innocent. Now it looks like he threw first punch according to defense and Magistrate.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Well as we know magistrates dont always get things right.

      • disqus_NMX

        The media loves to sell an emotional story, truth is a passenger. I’m more inclined to back the magistrate than what the media ever feeds you.

        The typical strategy used by newspapers is to twist a story over a number of articles day after day, to get maximum emotional impact. They start by making it sound like one party was horrible and the other completely innocent. Then the story morphs and the completely innocent party starts to sound like the guilty one. Then another twist is introduced to the story, and so on. The final story is the court verdict, and maximum newspaper selling emotion can be extracted by twisting it to sound like the magistrate got it all wrong, and a guilty evil thug is being let off with nothing but a slap ono the wrist by our useless bleeding heart courts. If you actually went and read the court transcripts, you’d find that 90% of what the newspapers feed you is complete tripe.

        • Keith Butler

          Got it in one. Unless you actually witnessed the incident as an unbiased observer maybe we should all keep stum.

        • onlinesideline

          its “shtum” Rabbi

    • Keith Butler

      Lacey doesn’t have a very good rep according to followers of NH club rugby.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Do we know what for? Just trying to get a view of how the game might be reffed?

        • Keith Butler

          He was the ref that blocked the French tackler in the ABs game back in June. Comes across as being very pedantic. I’ve seen a couple of reviews of UK premiership games where he’s been slammed for bad decision making. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Arghhhhh. I remember that game.
          This could be bad for both of us. Neither Aus nor Arg are renowned for our discipline.

        • Happyman

          Mate not a fan likes the game to be a bit slower for mine. I think of bigger concern would be the crowd for the Gold Coast. Honestly that place has no soul. The TSS v Nudgee game on the weekend could pull a bigger crowd.

        • Brisneyland Local

          My retired parents live down the coast. They have been offered sooooooo many sets of tickets. There are being freebies given away everywhere apparently. They are now trying to stack the bleachers with freebies, so the place doesnt resemble Suncorp last weekend.

        • Happyman

          To be fair the Mungo ball Final on the following day would not have helped. Most of the Stadium seating is sold to Mungo ball supporters. I like many in Brisbane have gotten my Rugby fix this year watching Club and now NRC, its free its fun and you generally walk away having had a good day win lose or draw.
          Suncorp leaves me cold, overpriced and just not a good fan experience.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Me too on Club and NRC. But unlike you I actually like Suncorp. I live very close by. So I walk down, and back. Have a quiet glass or three, at the wine bar on the way.

        • SuckerForRed

          Can I park at your place next season?

        • Brisneyland Local

          If you get there before all my other mates. First in best dressed. But otherwise SFR, I can show you my secret spot to park, where I put others when my driveway is full.

        • Happyman

          To be fair the Mungo ball Final on the following day would not have helped. Most of the Stadium seating is sold to Mungo ball supporters. I like many in Brisbane have gotten my Rugby fix this year watching Club and now NRC, its free its fun and you generally walk away having had a good day win lose or draw.
          Suncorp leaves me cold, overpriced and just not a good fan experience.

        • disqus_NMX

          Can you point me in the direction of any of these freebies? Could use 3 or 4….

        • Brisneyland Local

          I will make a call or two.

        • disqus_NMX

          Legend, thanks!

        • adastra32

          Badly. Most up here listen and fear the Irish ref cop duo “Clancy & Lacey” if they appear on the 6 Nations list. Lacey in particular gives new, awful meaning to the words inconsistent, irrational and pedantic. Makes that nice Mr Glen Jackson look like a world’s best in comparison….

        • Brisneyland Local

          Fark. Being the Optimist with real world experience (read cycnic) I reckon we are going to get hosed over.

      • laurence king

        Apparently still trying to send the riff raff down here

    • The2Game

      Mr Lacey did one (the Third) of the All Blacks-France Tests in June.

      One moment of controversy – but are there any games with no moments of controversy:
      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=12076594

      • Brisneyland Local

        Thanks for that.

    • Parker

      Those rabbits Thorn is pulling out are actually sheep.

    • TouchFinderGeneral

      A virtuoso whistle blower – if you listen closely enough you’ll hear the solo from “Stairway To Heaven” played in cunningly staggered 2-note phrases during the 1st half.

      • Brisneyland Local

        TFG – That is a bloody witty response. Tip of the hat!

        • TouchFinderGeneral

          Appreciate it – thanks BL!

        • Brisneyland Local

          We love humour here!

  • Bakkies

    The injuries sustained by Oliver is irrelevant. They were in court in regards to the injuries that Stannard picked up including a fractured skull. You don’t fracture someone’s skull in self defence.

    No wonder people have no faith in the justice system.

    Mafi is having a laugh claiming self defence. You don’t kidnap someone in self defence.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Something to do with a proportional response!

    • Greg

      This is a tragic situation but the court case has now run its course.

      You can certainly fracture someone’s skull in self defence. It only takes a single blow.

      I thought the statement in the court “nothing good happens after 2am” was worthy of some thought.

      I hope everyone recovers and that lessons are learned.

      • onlinesideline

        What is it about kebab shops ? They are just a Mecca for violence.

        • Missing Link

          tip of the hijab, osl, tip of the hijab

        • Greg

          We lived in germany for a while and enjoyed some pretty authentic kekbabs (not at 2am). If the kebab maker is not ashing his cigarette into the kebab…. it is just not the same.

      • Funk

        “nothing good happens after 2am”…yep, too often have I sat up late at night to watch the wallabies get mugged in far away lands…seems to happening an awful lot before 2am these days too.

      • Missing Link

        Hungry Jacks happens after 2AM and Hungry Jacks is good! Just as Beiber and KB :)

        • Dud Roodt

          Nothing good happened at the Hungry Jacks in The Cross after 2am (pre-Sydney being turned into the nanny state we have today of course)

      • Parker

        Evidently the judge is unaware of the bliss of an early morning root, which typically is not going to happen outside a kebab shop.

    • onlinesideline

      Its definitely possible to self defend and cause alot of damage. I dont think they make a decision on culpability from the injury sustained. I think it all gets down to intention firstly. But I would have thought a hit to the back of the head as the aussie guy was walking away spells revenge not self defense.

      • Keith Butler

        Only just picked up on this incident. No excuse if Stannard was hit from behind total cowardly act. But haven’t read anywhere that that was what happened. Two blokes with way too much alcohol brawling.

    • Missing Link

      I just don’t understand how he can plead “not guilty” by claiming he was called a “pommy c*&t” when he obviously hit stannard.

      Even if he was called that, it doesn’t give him a license to smash stannard’s head in. that doesn’t constitute self defence.

      I’d have a criminal record as long as my arm if I retaliated to all the things people call me and I reacted like that pommy c%*t did

      • juswal

        Does Stannard get charged now?

        • laurence king

          Of course, he hurt the pommie c…..ts knuckles

      • laurence king

        I used to get called, ‘an old fat c….t’ all the time at school, to which I generally reply, ‘steady on son with that language, I’m not that fat’.

      • cantab

        Oliver also claims he was punched first by Stannard. His injuries reflect that he was punched.

        Stannard has no memory of the whole event and no one actually witnessed the punching.

        I’m afraid it appears the judge made the right call.

        • Dally M

          Not exactly correct.

          Oliver claims he was punched first & the prosecutor claims he was injured when he was chased down and grabbed by Holland etc.

          The Judge ruled there was reasonable doubt about how Oliver got the injury & on that basis could not rule out that was self-defence.

    • laurence king

      Isn’t offence the best form of defence?

  • John Tynan

    Dylan, nothing meaningful to add (as usual), but THANK YOU for using the right sought/sort as in “..highly sought after…”.
    Also, a big thumbs down for making me feel ridiculously old in the same article, by printing:
    Name: Tom Wright
    Position: Inside Back
    Date of Birth: 21/07/97

    NINETEEN NINETY FARKEN SEVEN!!!
    I was busy running around Africa “finding myself” as a dirty old backpacker while his mum was pushing him out.

    Next stop, decrepitude and shitting in my pants…

    • Greg

      “Next stop, decrepitude and shitting in my pants…” At least i is still the next step!!

      • John Tynan

        Aside from the odd Friday night rum session, of course…

    • Brisneyland Local

      Pure Gold. God by 97 I had been in the Army for 10 years!
      Lets face it lads and laddettes we are getting old.

    • Missing Link

      I owned a Holden Gemini and I doubt Tom Wright would even know what one looked like!

      • John Tynan

        “What’s a Holden? What do you mean Australia used to make our own cars?”

      • Brisneyland Local

        I always remember the Sandman and Flacco on Triple J 20 years ago talking about his Gemini! I on the other hand had an erstwhile Sigma that was given to me by a mate because he blew it up, and as an apprentice mechanic all those years ago, I thought I could repair it. Which I did until I blew it up six months later. What a piece of shit that was!

    • Dud Roodt

      How about if Jordan Pataia makes his debut he’ll be the first Wallaby born in the 21st Century.

      That shit fucked me up for a few days. I used to want to off myself when I saw a Wallaby was born in the 90’s, now there’s potentially one born in the 2000’s!?!

      • onlinesideline

        Start planning to knock off some bucket list things NOW before the hip replacement quotes start coming in.

    • juswal

      I’m not going to be able to cope with watching pro footy players (any code) born in this century.

      • Dud Roodt

        Too late. As I said above – Jordan Pataia was born in 2000

        • juswal

          yeah but I think I’ve avoided seeing him so far

  • Brisneyland Local
    • Bernie Chan

      Glad he got exonerated…a fantastic front on tackle.
      One Michael Jones is my fave openside of all time, but George Smith is the best Oz openside ever and has the best all-round skillset in rugby…could have been a heck of a scrumhalf methinks.

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Dylan good to see those signings. Still not totally sold on league players coming across and I hope he picks up the nuances of rugby again fast.
    Looking forward to seeing SBW back in the fold again and that’s a pretty good AB side there.
    Interesting court ruling there. Hope Stannard recovers. Be interesting to see what pans out with Mafi as well. After the Stannard ruling it could go either way

    • nmpcart

      SBW has been ruled out again – Goodhue now on the bench.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Bugga. Not a bad replacement option though

        • Missing Link

          yeah, when was the last time an All Blacks fan was disappointed in their team selection? might have to go back to last century :D

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Nah mate. Mitchell completely fucked up with the way he stuffed Cullen around. Having that idiot Thorn s captain was a fail, there’s been a lot

    • Slim 293

      Wright was a rugby player who was poached by league only a few years ago, so I don’t think he’ll have too much trouble re-adapting…

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        I hope not because I think most of the recent signings have been a failure

  • Dud Roodt

    Apropos nothing at all – has there been any word on what has happened to Ben McCalman?
    Is he officially done?

    I believe he’s back living out at Warren but there hasn’t been any word from anyone about what he’s up to and if he’s officially retired.

  • Ed

    Mrs Folau won’t be heppy.

    Wallabies team to face the Pumas

    IN: David Pocock, Israel Folau, Adam Coleman, Nick Phipps, Sekope Kepu

    OUT: Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Tom Banks, Joe Powell, Ned Hanigan

    1. Scott Sio (48 Tests)

    2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (85 Tests)

    3. Allan Alaalatoa (26 Tests)

    4. Rory Arnold (16 Tests)

    5. Izack Rodda (10 Tests)

    6. Lukhan Tui (10 Tests)

    7. Michael Hooper (c) (85 Tests)

    8. David Pocock (72 Tests)

    9. Will Genia (93 Tests)

    10. Kurtley Beale (77 Tests)

    11. Marika Koroibete (14 Tests)

    12. Matt Toomua (36 Tests)

    13. Reece Hodge (30 Tests)

    14. Israel Folau (66 Tests)

    15. Dane Haylett-Petty (24 Tests)

    Reserves

    16. Folau Faingaa (2 Tests)

    17. Sekope Kepu (96 Tests)

    18. Taniela Tupou (5 Tests)

    19. Adam Coleman (25 Tests)

    20. Pete Samu (6 Tests)

    21. Nick Phipps (66 Tests)

    22. Bernard Foley (61 Tests)

    23. Jack Maddocks (3 Tests)

    • Damo

      Some interesting deletions from the 23. I like this squad- mostly. I hope it works.

    • Bernie Chan

      Koroibete the lucky bugger…Banks the unlucky bugger…? So far as the neck injury concerns…great to see Pocock fit, and Tupou must have been close to a starting spot…Faingaa must have been close as well, so TPN a tad fortunate.

    • Brendan Hume

      Who’s the reserve loose-head?

      • Braveheart81

        Kepu.

        • Brendan Hume

          Has he ever played LH? Seems a risk against the Argies

        • Brendan Hume

          Okay – got it – he started as a loose-head…

        • Keith Butler

          The Argentine scrum is not the force it once was. If they had a stronger front 5 coupled with their current back line. They’d be a real threat.

        • Ed

          How long ago since Sekope has played at loosehead? I don’t follow the Tahs closely enough to know if he has played there for NSW. I can’t recall if he has packed there for the Wallabies.

        • ozrugbynut

          I know we will need a helluva lot of beef to handle the argies but im still salivating a bit with a replacement front row containing tupou and kepu…glad Samu is getting a good run and Tui looked willing last week, best game in gold for mine…

        • Brumby Runner

          That’s one out of left field BH. I’m sure that Keps has played LH at some time in his past, but most would have picked him on the TH side with Ala’alatoa covering the LH side.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Dont like the persistence with the Pooper.
      Do like the Folau to Wing.
      Would prefer Toomua 10, Beale 12.
      Fucking Phipps!

      • Damo

        Your 10/12 selection BL is better for the team and to be honest better for Beale. I’m betting we see Matt standing at 10 even more than he did last week at 2nd phase and beyond.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep I agree. It is where they will stand defending that worries me more.

      • Ed

        Agree on the Pooper. That could be Cheika’s last non-negotiable selection.
        He has dropped Foley and placed Folau on the wing.
        Unfortunately Phipps will be our backup scrumhalf until the world cup.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Jake Gordon or Moses Sorovi for me please instead of the bovine sprinkler.
          But the Pooper has to go

      • Happyman

        Agree Banks in and Phipps to Siberia
        I don’t think the Number on the back is an issue for either Beale to Toomua.

  • Adrian

    Team ok by me.

    Id like Tuopo to start, but ok by me so long as he gets on early. I don’t mind Coleman on bench either. Samu deserves to stay. I feel sorry for Powell, but I (and perhaps I alone) agree with Phipps based on this year’s form, rather than grudges from the past.

    After reading Nic Bishop somewhere, and seeing the replay, I’m also happy with Beale/Toomua. As he is highly experienced, and started as a LHP, I think Kepu can handle LHP from bench, and is handy at clock manipulation vv Tah 1/4 final v Highlanders.

    Folau plays 50% wing anyway, but I think his number is an EGO thing. I suspect he is a big sook, and also suspect that Castle told Cheika not to mollycoddle him anymore. Gibson put him on wing for 3 matches, and he played well.
    Bring it on, because we HAVE to win

    • GeorgiaSatellite

      Will be most interesting to see Keps and Thor on the field at the same time.

  • Brumby Runner

    The Wallabies team is starting to take on a settled look.

    The tight five, including replacements, is the strongest I think that can be put together. Looks like the second row has now been established with the current three possibly rotating through the starting lineup, and backed up by Tui. Injury should be the only reason to change the players.

    The backrow could still be improved imo by breaking up the Pooper. Timu/Samu to No 8 with the other on the bench.

    Happy to see the Beale/Toomua combination get another game, and hopefully they will improve with more game time. Foley off the bench is good, and probably should be considered from time to time for a start with Toomua at 12 and Beale on the bench.

    Izzy to wing looks to be an improvement with DHP at fullback. Banks next cab off the rank at 15 and Maddocks to keep Koroibete honest.

    All in all, looking better than it has for some time.

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