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Tuesday’s rugby news has Wallabies to fix their discipline, officials confident of AAMI Park pitch, Karmichael  Hunt out for the series and huge blow for Wales.


Wallabies to Fix Discipline

The Wallabies have conceded that they need to address their discipline and play smarter rugby to beat England in Melbourne this weekend.

“Discipline is a big part,” said Wallabies backrower Scott Fardy.

“We need to make sure with their 50:50s, if they’re not on we’re pulling out and not making bad decisions.

“I was guilty of a few of those when I thought I was doing the right thing but it turns out I wasn’t.

“That’s what got England the game; six penalties they kicked — when you score four tries to two before the 79th minute and you’re still behind, it’s a disappointing thing.”

Pitch Won’t Fold

AAMI Park officials are confident the pitch will hold up for the Wallabies test match against England this weekend.

The ground’s general manager Shane Mates has faith that the pitch will not be torn up.

“We are confident the pitch will perform well for the Test on Saturday,” Mates said.

“The pitch has performed better for rugby union scrums over the past few weeks and we have continued with our extensive pitch replacement program.”

Wallabies backrower Scott Fardy is hopeful the pitch will hold up particularly for scrums.

“The surface is actually fine in general play, it was just in the scrums where it was tearing up, so hopefully it will hold up on Saturday,” Fardy said.

Hunt Out

Karmichael Hunt will not take any further part in the Wallabies test match series against England after succumbing to a groin injury.

Hunt missed most of the Wallabies training sessions over the past two weeks and was absent again on Monday’s gym session.

“There’s still a long way to go this season, still plenty of footy to play,” Cheika said.

“He wants to be at his best so he can fulfil his potential, which is very important – you play in the Australian jersey, you want to be able to play to your maximum and you don’t want to be letting anyone down because the whole country is counting on you.”

Meanwhile, Rob Simmons and Rob Horne could still line up this weekend.  Simmons is expected to resume training at the end of the week whilst Horne looks to have recovered from the concussion he suffered on Saturday night.

North Ruled Out

Wales winger George North has been ruled out for the remaining test matches against New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury.

“North suffered a hamstring injury in the first Test in Auckland, ruling him out of Wales’ remaining games,” the team said in a statement.

Injuries to first choice players will give an opportunity for fringe players to prove themselves when Wales take on the Chiefs in Waikato tonight.

“Coming all the way to New Zealand, it was important we had a big enough squad for the three Tests but also to provide game time for the players on tour,” said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

“This match gives the players a chance to stake their claim for the final two Tests against the All Blacks.”

  • Tim

    Who do you think should start at 8 for the Wallabies as Pocock is out

    • Nick Gregory

      Ben Mac 100%

    • npivag

      Sean Macmahon. All his junior footy was there.

    • TheMountain

      Depends what Cheik does with his 2nd row, if Simmons is fit then McMahon, If he opts for Skelton then McCalman although Cheik has a habit of surprising us. He’ll probaby throw Palu in just for old times sake…

    • Dud Roodt

      While I would never suggest this against the AB’s, I would actually like to see Palu there. I know that’s stitching Ben Mac up big time, but what we really missed was dominant forward ball carriers. I would put Palu in, tell him his job is to hurt someone, be it in D or attack, then even have Skelton come on in the last 30 to do some damage. I want to see damaging runs, not one out hit and drop

      • Red Man

        Palu is an utter waste of time in matches like these. Does not have the work rate on defence, does not have the ball skills on attack, does not present as a viable lineout option and does not have the fitness to properly contribute to an up tempo offence. Will get picked though coz he’s one of Cheika’s old Waratahs boys. Another of his selection errors.

        • Happyman

          Palu and Skelton two big blokes who go missing when we there team is on the back foot. I seriously hope they are not picked.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Palu maybe but Skelton would be a waste of time. He thinks he’s hard, partly because of the media attention, but he’s not and he’d be a liability.

        • Keith Butler

          Totally agree. Has gone missing for the Tahs this season apart from the Chiefs game. The pace of international rugby, particularly the fast paced game the Aussie’s want to play won’t suit him at all. If Simmonds is fit, I’d pair him with Horwill, who’ll know the type of game England will play and add that bit of mongrel that was missing last week.

        • Patrick

          Simmonds, plus Horwill, plus MacMahon for sheer leg drive! The next SOB.

        • onlinesideline

          but didnt Horwill play quite a bit last week and if so didnt we therefore have “mongrel” last week as well ?

        • Keith Butler

          True but I reckon he would be more effective with Simmonds.

      • Patrick

        I assume you mistyped “Skelton” there

    • Darrin Briggs

      That’s a hard one it will depend on the makeup of the 2nd rows…..my choice would be Macmahon..then Ben Mac.

  • TheMountain

    Hodge is looking closer and closer to a debut as it goes on. I’m still going to preach Naiyarovoro for the wing spot if Horne is injured, and even if he’s not, DHP could be no.23 though this would create significant kicking issues.

    • boris

      There is no way DHP should be dropped after such a good debut

    • jamie

      Id like Izzy and DHP to be swapped

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Sad to hear of those two not being able to play. I do think Wales will miss North more than the Wallabies will miss Hunt but still bad luck.
    I think the Wallabies need to try and speed the game up more as well as sort out the referee earlier, I thought they allowed the Poms to dictate the speed of the game too much and that needs to change. Come on guys you can do it

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