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Wallabies Team Announcement

Wallabies Team Announcement

Wallabies Team

Starters

Los Teros Team

Run on XV

1. James Slipper (93 Tests)

2. Folau Fainga’a (11 Tests)

3. Allan Alaalatoa (35 Tests)

4. Rob Simmons (98 Tests)

5. Adam Coleman (36 Tests)

6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (18 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (97 Tests)

8. Jack Dempsey (12 Tests)

9. Nic White (28 Tests)

10. Christian Lealiifano (23 Tests)

11. Jordan Petaia

12. Matt To’omua (49 Tests)

13. Tevita Kuridrani (60 Tests)

14. Dane Haylett-Petty (35 Tests)

15. Kurtley Beale (89 Tests)

Finishers

Replacements

16. Jordan Uelese (6 Tests)

17. Sekope Kepu (108 Tests)

18. Taniela Tupou (16 Tests)

19. Rory Arnold (24 Tests)

20. David Pocock (80 Tests)

21. Will Genia (107 Tests)

22. James O’Connor (50 Tests)

23. Adam Ashley-Cooper (120 Tests)

Where: Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture
When: Saturday 5th October 3:15pm East Coast Elite
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Jérôme Garcès (FRA) Karl Dickson (ENG)  TMO: Ben ‘Chuck-Chuck’ Skeen (NZ)

 Key points/Observations:

  • In the Australia/Uruguay pool match last rugby world cup Dean Mumm captained the side and scored a match sealing try on his way to a famous 65 – 3 victory.
  • Jordan Petaia will make his starting debut, the first Australian to do so in a world cup since Berrick Barnes in 2007, that year we went on to lose to England in the quarter finals.
  • White and Lealiifano have been brought back into the starting half positions after being dropped after the match against Fiji.
  • Toomua has taken Kerevi’s inside centre position for this match with the latter resting his forearm.
  • There is a whole raft of players named to get their first 2019 world cup minutes: Fainga’a, Dempsey, Tupou, Petaia, Kuridrani & Simmons, who will be running out in his 99th test.
  • Rested players are: Sio, Latu, Foley, Rodda, Naisarani, Kerevi & Koroibete.
  • The only players to have been named to start in all three tests so far are Hooper and Alaalatoa.
  • Kepu will be covering loosehead prop from the bench.
  • The Wallabies will run out in their alternate strip of indigenous design, the first time they have done so in a world cup.
  • Beale has been given another fullback start with Haylett-Petty moving to the right wing. Beale is Australia’s most recognised indigenous rugby player and it will be his second time wearing such a strip, the first time was a magical victory over New Zealand 23 – 18 in 2017.
  • This is the penultimate game of Hodge’s suspension.
  • Mart

    Can Ben Skeen just go back to being a council certifier or parking cop!

    • Who?

      Mall cop. :-P

      • Bobas

        “‘chuck chuck’, just going to show you the last maul. I can see a clear and obvious squirrel-grup by gold sevan”

  • Dud Roodt

    There needs to be a fucking investigation into how many French refs there are

  • Damo

    I’m generally ok with this team. TK has got to be jumping out of his skin to get on the paddock and great news for Jordan Petaia. But why move DHP again. Looking ahead to a likely England QF, I would have given him as much game time as possible at 15 to settle in.

    • Custard Taht

      he doesn”t need time to settle in….Beale will be 15 against england

      • Damo

        And that will cause Eddie Jones big trouble- big trouble keeping a straight face.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        Bang on mate. Especially as hell probably have a good game against these guys

        • Custard Taht

          Yep, that is exactly how this story plays out, it’s like a hollywood re-make.

      • Sadly I agree. Because England have no players that can kick… a 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 or 15.

  • Bobas

    I don’t get the DHP move, surely he’s better off rested, off the bench or in fullback. Typical Cheika.

    • Huw Tindall

      Without Hodge and resting Korobiete I think this back 3 is the best mix. Beale has never played on the wing so DHP is the unlucky one. Also, Beale will be 23 for Georgia and the QF and will most likely come on at 15 so makes sense to play him there. If we had Hodge I keep Beale on the bench and run DHP at 15.

      • Who?

        You’re right about Beale, but you’re wrong… I agree he’s best to get the 15, because DHP’s a better winger (second fullback).
        Beale’s also never been selected on the wing.
        However…
        He has played on the wing. Officially, when he came on as an early injury replacement at Twickers in 2015 against England – where he sparked Foley (and I maintain was best afield, Foley not far behind, but behind), he was officially on the wing. In the Campo roving role (he was the one who dragged Foley on the crossfield run from the far side of the field that set up the first try).
        Sort of useless info – I’d never select him there – but he was nominally there that day.

        • Huw Tindall

          Wow I’d forgotten that Beale came onto the wing in that carve up of England. Oh for those days.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Well typical Cheika. Here is a chance to bed players in positions. Or bed down some combinations that need a bit of work and he goes for a totally shambled piece.
    – DHP should be left at FB or rested.
    – CLL is was being rested last game to manage his work load, so we have JOC as his back up at 10. Well that is my interpretation, so CLL plays the 80 and then we throw JOC in the deepend. All of the plays to the fact that Cheika cant select a team for shit.
    – Fucking Cheese eating surrender monkeys for Referumps.
    – And that Invercargill inbred bastard for the TMO

    Oh well. It is what it is.

    • Ads

      I agree will all that except two cows is probably back up 10 from 12, with JOC going to 12

      • Brisneyland Local

        Ah yes. You are probably right there. BUt then now I would be putting Two Cows on the bench to back up CLL, rather than playing and switching him. Bed down players in positions and all.

        • Ads

          100%. The centres need time together. If you want to try the JOC/TK 12/13 combo start it, and keep Toomua on the pine. Him playing 12 adds nothing. And DHP should stay 15

        • Brisneyland Local

          WHy does the Ass Clown Do it?

        • Hoss

          Why start now – ‘you now what i mean’.

        • Bobas

          can you post your gagr picked team on here?

        • Hoss

          As voted by GAGR mob

          Starting XV

          1. James SLipper 18 (46.2%)
          2. Folau Fainga’a 23 (59%)
          3. Taniela Tupou 25 (64.10%)
          4. Adam Coleman 26 (66.70%)
          5. All tied Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold & Rob Simmons 16 (41%) ) I have put Rodda to bench as he has largest vote for Finisher)
          6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 30 (76.90%)
          7. David Pocock (C) 31 (79.50%) – largest vote of any forward in starting XV
          8. Jack Dempsey 28 (71.80%)
          9. Nic White 35 (89.70%)
          10. Matt To’ouma 24 (61.50%)
          11. Marika Kooibete 24 (61.50%)
          12.James O’Connor 35 (89.70%)
          13. tevita Kurindrani 26 (66.70%)
          14 Jordan Pataia 29 (74.40%)
          15 Dane Haylett-Petty 35 (89.70%)

          Finishers (5:3 split)

          16. Jordan Ulese 25 (64.10%)
          17. Scott Sio 20 (51.30%)
          18 Sekope Kepu 14 (35.90%)
          19. Izack Rodda 12 (30.80%)
          20. Michael Hooper 20 (51.30%)
          21 Will Genia 34 (87.20%)
          22. Christian Lealiifano 13 (33.30)
          23 Kurtley Beale 14 (35.90%) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/174f374f08a7c1a881f58616455a1b26de5542438686eddec6ab6335208b1c75.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8d0eb0d5dba25953ee555bb3b9deb22444fb5da36b800aab48bceb486fed1a00.jpg

        • disqus_NMX

          Looks like a decent chunk of us voted as if picking the best team, and a bigger chunk voted with mind to resting players that needed a rest. One funny fucker put Dean Mumm in the backs ha. And two even funnier fuckers had Foley in the starting team, I presume one of the voters is Ass Clown himself, and the other is John Connolly.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          How can people still be in favour of Salakaia-Loto? After Beale at fullback I think it is the worst selection we have been subjected to each year.

          People have also overlooked our best tight 5 player, in Alaalatoa.

        • Geoffro

          With you on LSL.Ponderous at best.Along with wing the blindside flank could have garnered a bit more thought in the squad selection

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          He’s quick for a lock, but ponderous is a good way to describe him at flanker. Not that Cheik has played him out of position though.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I dont understand anything anymore. And Yes I know I am stupid and easily confused.

        • From NooZealand

          I was going to up vote you, but then I thought it wasn’t a good idea. What the heck.

    • Bernie Chan

      Bad enough that the Clown doesn’t value continuity and is just plain contrarian..surely DHP has shown he is a better fullback than Beale (imagine the smile on Eddie’s face if Beale wears the #15 vs ENG…!)? The match officials really worry me, and how Skeen got another go at TMO baffles…I expect the Wallas to best a courageous Uruguay, but the combos need more work to prepare for ENG…

      • Brisneyland Local

        Skeen achieved his KPI’s!

    • Human

      Was it not Cheika who once opined that the numbers on their backs do not mean anything?
      I suspect that he named Beale at 15 just to mock the G&G XV selections organised by Hoss.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep. I beat he reads Hoss’s postings and takes his derision and sarcasm as real encouragement.

    • Who?

      I’d guess that, when Christian comes off, Toomua will move to 10, and JOC to 12. That would be a pretty good setup.
      .
      At least we’re not like Ireland – Garces has copped it for getting 3 of the 4 offsides he called as an AR behind Gardner in the Ireland/Japan game wrong. Ireland complained to WR. WR came out and dumped Garces under the bus. Garces is still scheduled to ref Ireland’s next game……
      Though yeah, Ben Skeen should be sent back to the backwoods, where he can’t be heard.
      .
      It’ll all be over for us soon enough. :-(

      • Brisneyland Local

        I cant believe how many Cheese eating surrender monkeys are referumping at this comp.

    • Huw Tindall

      Mate with Ben Skeen as TMO Chek has pulled a master stroke by resting so many players and moving them about. Will reduce change of the being pulled out for outrageously technical or pedantic cards 2 mins after an incident.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Lets hope so.

    • onlinesideline

      OH THIS TMO – there are just no words. The long white land of Mullets has produced some doozies over the years but this guyyyyyyy. Did he ever leave Hunprey B Bear school because he talks to everyone like he’s telling a kids story.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Well he is from Invercargill!

        • From NooZealand

          There is nothing wrong being from Invercargill, my uncle dad says.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold.

    • Dally M

      Thought we had 3 selectors? Must have missed the news about them being fired….

  • Patrick

    I hope Beale has a Foley, because otherwise we’ll see him starting again in the QF.

    As for moving DHP, I could almost cry. On what planet does that make any sense???

    • Huw Tindall

      Doubt it. DHP was close to Wallabies best against Wales. Rock solid at 15 and well positioned all the time. Makes metres in traffic too unlike Beale who needs open play. Think 23 will be his from here on out. QF I think will be Koro/Hodge/DHP with Beale 23 with Genia or White and Toomua finishing up the 3 backs reserves.

      • Patrick

        I wish I doubted it. I agree entirely with your assessment of DHP, I think he was better against Wales than Beale has been in 3 years, but don’t know where you get the impression that Cheika gives a shit about things like that.

      • Almost agree about your assessment of DHP. I would say he probably was the Wallabies’ best – I suspect you’re going for To’omua but he had 35 minutes instead of 80.

        However, like others, I think you’re underestimating the perversity/loyalty/insanity/blackmailability of the assclown… Beale doesn’t deserve a start at 15 ever again, certainly not against a half-way decent side. Willing to bet tuppence ha’penny he runs out against England wearing 15 though.

  • Patrick

    I was really anxious before the world cup about:
    – Having Foley
    – Having Beale
    – Not having a winger
    It looks like Cheika just wants to ram each of these down my throat one by one :(

    I am already dreading the team annoucement for the QF (that I am assuming we will make).

  • UTG

    Wouldn’t read into the Beale/DHP selection too much. DHP will still be fielding the highballs and playing the same role he performed so well in when Beale came on with 35 to go last match. Aren’t they wearing the Indigenous threads this match? They probably always planned to have Kurtley start this game because of that.

    • Brumby Runner

      But in any sensible analysis, he should have been on the wing with DHP retained at 15.

      • UTG

        It doesn’t really matter what the numbers on their backs are does it? They’ll still be playing the same role.

      • Dud Roodt

        In sensible analysis yes.
        But I think if the directive is to play them both, KB is a much better FB than a winger, and DHP is a better winger than KB is

  • Brumby Runner

    Can anyone explain why Hooper and Ala’alatoa are starting again? Must have been some good reasons to give them both a rest. or at worst play them off the bench. Both have had huge workloads during both the Super season and the test match program. Both Pocock and Tupou cou;ld do with more game time given Poey’s lack of matches in Super and Tupou’s absence from the first two tests.

    Must be some doubt about Foley having a rest as distinct from being dropped outright. I really think he is now 3rd at best in the No 10 stakes.

    Personally, I would have preferred JOC at 12 in this game with Toomua on the bench to come into the 10 spot during the second half.

    Given the paucity of outside backs in the squad, Beale had to come in for this game. But why not on the wing and allow DHP some extra time at the fullback position he is likely to occupy in the big games to come.

    • Patrick

      I do agree about the rest. I didn’t select either of them for that reason. But Cheika will probably play Foley at tighthead and DHP at 7 against Georgia so we shouldn’t worry.

    • Who?

      I agree – 7A’s and Hoops have both more than earned a break. Hoops missed Samoa, but Wales didn’t miss his nose – it was sideways all over his face after that last game, and started bleeding halfway through the presser. Pocock wouldn’t be hurt with more game time.
      .
      Foley’s been at best 3rd 10 all this year, arguably 4th or 5th best, it’s just that only one of the guys who are ahead of him in terms of form and quality has been given a start.
      .
      I don’t see the issue with moving DHP from 15. I agree, he has to start there against England, but you’re the first I’ve seen who’s recognised that Beale has to start due to the lack of depth in the squad in the outside backs. Either Beale starts at 15, or AAC starts at 14 again. And AAC only lasted 47 minutes last week.

  • Adrian

    I understand some key guys (tallent-wise) had to be rested.

    Should be A-team v Georgia though.

    Apart from Petaia starting, far and away the most interesting thing is Kepu covering LHP on the pine

    • Patrick

      But they aren’t even! Surely Hooper and 7As as has been pointed out were the most important to rest?

      I had picked only Pocock and Naisarini from our 1st starting XV.
      If Cheika wasn’t an idiot I would have picked Foley but Cheika’s totally ruined him now.

      • Adrian

        Hooper and Alaalatoa are fit (very) and in any case replaceable by similar players. Latu, Kerevi and Korebette aren’t replaceable in this squad…IMHO of course

        • Who?

          I thought Hoops might miss with his broken nose… I could be wrong, but it looked pretty broken and all over his face after the Welsh game.
          He’s been excellent this year.

        • Patrick

          FYI I would have rested all of them: I had picked only Pocock and Naisarini from our 1st starting XV.

          Yes of course Hooper and 7A are fit. But the finals will play out over some very small percentages and a bit of rest could not possibly hurt those two who have played much more footy than Latu for example.

          And yes I agree that Korobiete is the most irreplaceable player however as we don’t even have two wingers let alone one :( I picked AAC and Petai on the wings for this game.

    • Who?

      He did it last year, and I predicted it a couple of months ago. I was more surprised that he played the last two weeks than that he’s playing LHP this week. I’d have had Tupou in my top 23, with Kepu the 5th prop (and coach!).

      • Adrian

        Yes Who, that would do.
        For me he is LHP bench….and on field coach as he was in 2nd game v Argentina last year

        • Who?

          If he’s your 17, who starts? I’m a bit worried by Sio, he keeps getting found out at scrum time with the same issues he had four years ago. If I were to have Kepu in 17, I’d want Slipper in 1. He’s been scrummaging beautifully this year, and he’s always been great around the park.

        • Adrian

          Agree re Sio. I’d concentrate on this for next couple of weeks.

          I’d like to use Kepu somewhere, …hmm he might even keep them concentrating from the start

    • Huw Tindall

      Fully expect this mate. Need to rest some players (it’s a long season) and give fringe squad time at this game then Georgia is a practice run for England. Full strength side to keep building combos.

      Hooper and Poey will share 40 mins along with White and Genia.

      10/14/15 probably play 60 mins.

      Kepu most versatile of the props so gets the role off the pine.

      Uruguay tackled themselves into the ground against Fiji and I reckon they could be spent. They played their ‘final’ already and hopefully the Wallabies are stinging from the Wales match. Play smart early with kicks to the wings and chips in behind then go up the middle and play very direct when they tire. Boss them in the set piece. We should by 40+ realistically.

      • Adrian

        Sounds right Huw

  • Kiwi rugby lover

    Thanks Bobas,
    Some expected here with the way he’s (mis) managed players so far. Personally I would have rested Hooper and given Pocock time in the 7 role. But then I wouldn’t have had Beale or AAC in the team anyway so what I think isn’t important.
    I’m not sure embedding some combinations might have gone better but I honestly have no idea what Cheika is trying to achieve.
    This should be a big win for the Wallabies. Anything less than a 30 point margin is a failure regardless of who is on the field

    • Patrick

      Mate a 30 point margin would be the bare minimum if we really think we are a top tier team.

  • Who?

    Barnes debuted in the last RWC where we played England in a QF. In that RWC (2007), we also had Wales and Fiji in our pool. Except we went through undefeated (perfect 20 points – 4 wins and 4 BP’s! Not bad from Knuckles, points differential of +174, only bettered by NZ on +274 – their closest game was 40-0 over Scotland, ours was 32-20 over Wales), and Fiji beat Wales in the last game (38-34) to progress through to the QF’s.
    .
    If we meet England in the QF, it’ll be our 3rd QF facing them (95 QF – Rob Andrew Droppie killing us off, 07 QF – Wilko 4 pens, Mortlock kicked 1/4 and Latho missed a long range droppie), and we’ve only beaten them in RWC matches at Twickenham (91 Final, 15 Pool match) and Concord (first game in 87).
    Last week was our third ever pool loss, and, fascinatingly, all three pool losses included conceding drop goals.

  • Greg

    You mean it was planned that we would have that guy as TMO? It’s part of a NZ cospiracy?

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Absolutely mate. Raelene, Hore, Deans, Gibson, Penny. All working to screw rugby here. I’d like to claim Cheika as part of that but we couldn’t be that bad if we tried

      • Bobas

        But if you mix silver and black together you get Nathan Grey

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Hahahaha that’s gold

      • Bernie Chan

        He’s yours…gratis! No…really, help yourself…

  • Greg

    Just watching NZ and Canada. Was the pass in the lead-up to that non-try down the left hand side 3 metres forward?

  • Brisneyland Local

    Ah yes reality. Always a bummer that one.

  • formerflanker

    Hooper closing in on his 100th test.

    • Geoffro

      Lets hope he celebrates in a RWC semi and not next year

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