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Wallabies team named to play Ireland

Wallabies team named to play Ireland

The first Wallaby XV for the year has been announced.

Brendan Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will make their debuts in the run-on side, while Pete Samu is set to debut off the bench.

Samu Kerevi has edged out Tevita Kuridrani for the 13 jersey, while Dane Haylett-Petty returns from injury to claim a spot on the wing.

 

TEAM

Wallabies team to face Ireland

1. Scott Sio (43 Tests)

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa*

3. Sekope Kepu (91 Tests)

4. Izack Rodda (4 Tests)

5. Adam Coleman (20 Tests)

6. David Pocock (66 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (79 Tests)

8. Caleb Timu*

9. Will Genia (88 Tests)

10. Bernard Foley (55 Tests)

11. Dane Haylett-Petty (18 Tests)

12. Kurtley Beale (71 Tests)

13. Samu Kerevi (18 Tests)

14. Marika Koroibete (8 Tests)

15. Israel Folau (62 Tests)

Reserves

16. Tolu Latu (4 Tests)

17. Allan Alaalatoa (23 Tests)

18. Taniela Tupou (1 Test)

19. Rob Simmons (82 Tests)

20. Lukhan Tui (4 Tests)

21. Pete Samu*

22. Nick Phipps (61 Tests)

23. Reece Hodge (24 Tests)

*denotes uncapped

 

Ireland have also named their side:

 

15. Rob Kearney
14. Keith Earls
13. Robbie Henshaw
12. Bundee Aki
11. Jacob Stockdale
10. Joey Carbery
9. Conor Murray

1. Jack McGrath
2. Rob Herring
3. John Ryan
4. Iain Henderson
5. James Ryan
6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)
7. Jordi Murphy
8. CJ Stander

Replacements:

16. Sean Cronin
17. Cian Healy
18. Tadhg Furlong
19. Quinn Roux
20. Jack Conan
21. Kieran Marmion
22. Johnny Sexton
23. Jordan Larmour

  • Mica

    As expected. :)
    10, 12, 13 worries me defensively.
    Probably the biggest weakness to this side. TK on the bench could have helped. Guess Reece is the cover here.

    • Bobas

      54 points conceded in 48 minutes, aided by a back three of Speight, Rona and Folau

      • Mart

        That’s a very good point

    • Mart

      Please don’t let Kerevi defend like he did in that Bledisloe horror show.
      Surely that was just combinations… And they have progressed!?! I would have put TK there for the combination with Beale

      • Pedro

        Yeah Kuridrani hasn’t been on fire but he’s been decent. He should get first go at 13, based on his test record. Plus he’s the best defensive 13 option we have.

        • joy

          Yeh, tackle effectiveness 69%, whatever that means?

      • Bernie Chan

        Hope the previous defensive shuffling (AKA “The Nathan Grey System”…) has been given the boot! Everyone should defend their spot…

        • Bobas

          You think Foley and Beale will be trusted?

        • Bernie Chan

          That’s the worry isn’t it…? Hiding 1 is hard enough, but hiding 2 or 3…? Impossible.

        • Ed

          The overall tackle effectiveness from Fox Sports Stats for the eight Wallabies backs:

          Koroibete 51%
          Kerevi 61%
          Genia 62%
          DHP 63%
          Phipps 63%
          Folau 65%
          Hodge 65%
          Beale 66%
          Foley 66%

          We need their razzle dazzle as if it becomes a slugfest, it could be tough watching.

        • joy

          Fox`s tackle effectiveness excludes missed and ineffective tackles, whatever that means? Is a well executed tackle around the boot laces ineffective because of an offload? If Hooper gets driven backwards by a 125kg prop but gets him down, is that ineffective? These numbers are a good 10% higher if only missed tackles are counted.

        • Ed

          Thanks for the clarification Joy.

      • Wallabrumby

        TK doesn’t deserve a start, although agree for D it will be a safer option, but as a Brumbies fan he has been missing this year, so needs a kick up the backside. Cheika finally rewarding form.

      • Huw Tindall

        Nick Bishop wrote a good article on The Roar a while back after Bled 1 looking at exactly this point. Essentially he came to the conclusion that it wasn’t all his fault and was more a problem with Grey’s tactics which have since changed. Additionally he has had almost a full Super season at 13 now so should be a step up again in rugby smarts and defensive positioning. Sure he is no Leinart-Brown organising the defensive line but he isn’t a lost cause.

        • onlinesideline

          mmmmm – i dunnno mate. Im worried. Maybe thats why Cheika picked rocket man Korebete on his outside, to cover Samu a bit.Im worried in this area. Hes not fleet footed and the Irish are quite nippy.

        • Huw Tindall

          For sure Kerevi isn’t the complete package yet but Ireland don’t play the most expansive game either – it’s about building pressure through phase play, forcing errors/penalties, kicking to the corner and scoring off set piece. They don’t go wide that often so wouldn’t be overly concerned about the Irish getting outside Kerevi or inside for that matter as Hooper will be there looking to smash blokes. Guess we’ll find out. More than anything I’m just really excited for this match and Saturday can’t come fast enough.

        • Mart

          I hope you’r right. I think it was more a lack of combinations and trusting the guy next to you

    • Huw Tindall

      TK never get’s a bench spot as he can’t cover any position other than 13. Need versatility on the bench if you’re a back.

      • Mica

        Good point, though there is reasonable flexibility with the other players. i.e. Kerevi to 12 and TK to 13 if needed
        Reece definitely offers more flexibility and is the 10 cover as well I guess.

  • Ron Botswell

    Happy with it. Stability and combinations through 9,10,12, 15. Form rewarded at 13. Strong props, decent scrummagers. Big bodies in locks and at 8 which we have missed against Ireland in the past. Potentially a big impact bench. Players selected who can score points. People will whinge about Simmons and Phipps but experience off the bench isn’t a bad thing.

    • Huw Tindall

      Simmons has had a great run of form the last while. Absolute world class in lineout, high work rate, underrated in the scum, makes his tackles, and no dumb penalties for ages. You don’t play 80+ tests being sh!te. Phipps is also the fastest to the breakdown in Aus rugby and if you’ve watched him since he came back his passing has been much much better. No spraying the ball like a demented garden sprinkler. Great bench options against a hardened Ireland side.

      • Adrian

        Exactly Huw.
        I’m looking forward to Phipps driving bid Tuopo and BPA to crash through Sexton and offload to inside backs or Hooper.

        Simmons to keep the lineout on track during the last 10, when the Irish will be pulling all of their set piece tricks out of the bag

        • Ed

          I’ll back Sexton over Foley or Beale in defence.

        • Adrian

          True, but Tuopo hard to tackle by anyone

      • Hoss

        Spot on – in all facets mate.

  • Straith

    nice

  • Hoss

    One of the best collective squads for a long while.

    Will be a game of prime numbers – us scoring 7’s and the slime scoring 3’s.

    • Bobas

      Depends on whether the Storm Trooper or the Ice man shows up.

      • Hoss

        5 is still a prime number…………

        • Bobas

          So is 2…

        • Hoss

          The ‘Slimes’ XXIII

          For all the talk of Murray & Sexton its Stander we need to stop in his tracks – terrific player for the Spud Lovers

          Ireland to face Wallabies

          1. Jack McGrath

          2. Rob Herring

          3. John Ryan

          4. Iain Henderson

          5. James Ryan

          6. Peter O’Mahony

          7. Jordi Murphy

          8. CJ Stander

          9. Conor Murray

          10. Joey Carbery

          11. Jacob Stockdale

          12. Bundee Aki

          13. Robbie Henshaw

          14. Keith Earls

          15. Rob Kearney

          Reserves

          16. Sean Cronin

          17. Cian Healy

          18. Tadhg Furlong

          19. Quinn Roux

          20. Jack Conan

          21. Kieran Marmion

          22. Johnny Sexton

          23. Jordan Larmour

        • Mitch Leach

          Finally, Hoss, thank you for a “normal” team list ;p
          What is it with the current northern fashion to name their teams all beackwards and inside out?? Something so easy, is made unnecessarily complicated. Don’t get me wrong, it doesnt confuse me or anything, I just dont get the need to put the forwards last, out of numeric order….??
          _rant over_

        • Keith Butler

          The Paddies reserve front row looks and is nasty.

        • Hoss

          pfffft, bunch of mummies boys.

          Wait till they meet some of our boys with more vowels than consonants – have them begging for their ‘Marders and Farders’ before half-time.

        • Keith Butler

          I hope Thor has his hammer with him cos he’ll need it.

        • Wallabrumby

          I haven’t paid too much attention to the Irish team until now so excuse my ignorance, but I notice Sean O’Brian no longer around. Is he retired, injured or just not picked??
          Thanks

        • Hoss

          Hi mate, i had understood he retired end of last year. I could be wrong, the 80’s weren’t good to me.

        • Keith Mannion

          He’s injured, Murphy is actually 4th choice seven with JVDF and Leavy also out.

        • Duvstar

          Jesus that’s some serious beef on the bench. Makes me apprehensive on the 60 minute mark when our sub props are facing theirs…

        • Adrian

          Our bench front row isn’t too bad this time though. The right spot for Latu and Alaalatoa who have some experience and strength, and Tuopo who has lots of strength. Simmons behind them will be useful too

        • Huw Tindall

          You’ve been pushing Latu’s wheelbarrow for a while Adrian and it appears Cheik has been listening. Minimal minutes for the Tahs but undoubted talent if it can be harnessed. Good choice off the bench to inject some intensity.

        • Adrian

          I hope we are right

        • Mica

          No doubt in his talents, just a question mark over temperament.

    • joy

      The set, (3,7), is appropriately called a cousin prime.

      • Hoss

        I had a cousin primed once, different story……….

        • Bobas

          Maybe from Shelbyville

        • McWarren

          I knew you it, your from up here as well

        • Hoss

          I’ve visited enough, some rituals sink in. It’s osmosis.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Pure gold Hoss. The family that lays together, stays together! According to my Tasweigan mates!

        • Nutta

          Well just because it’s the Irish, Edgar Poe got it on with his cousin Virginia so there is precedent…

        • Hoss

          We kept it uncomplicated mate – the ‘Wombat’ principles – eats roots and leaves.

  • Happyman

    Pretty much as expected I would have preferred the Brumbies halfback. I like the forward reserves.

  • Muzz

    Can Timu jump in the lineout? If not we’re looking pretty limited in that area with two other short-arses in Pocock and Hooper in the backrow.

    • Christopher

      Really? Is height ever an issue when jumping at 6?

    • John R

      Yeah he’s gotten up there a wee bit at the Reds, even got a steal or two from memory.

    • idiot savant

      He doesn’t do a whole lot of jumping. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hooper get hoisted again. Thats been tried before to keep em guessing. Cheika could always take a leaf out of the Barrett book and put Folau in the line out.

      • Huw Tindall

        Folau wouldn’t need any lifters in the lineout

  • 22DropOut

    The team largely picks itself which is good

  • John R

    Like this team, like it a lot. Plenty of aggro cunts up in the forwards too.

    • Mart

      yep like the starting row

      • John R

        How goods the reserve front row as well? Alaalatoa is a big improvement on Robertson for the LH side as well, although Robertson has been looking pretty fair for the Tahs lately.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          I think it’s very possible that our reserve front row will come on and will actually provide a boost over the tiring starters.

          Have we ever been able to seriously say that things might improve once the three reserves come on? Ever?

        • John R

          In Australia? Literally never, surely never. All three can run the ball, Latu will help Poey over the ball too. The Paddies will have never seen anything like Tupou, can’t bloody wait.

        • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

          Despite harbouring doubts over Tui’s fitness, the need of Pete Samu and the 6:2 split, having Alaalatoa, Latu, Samu and especially Tui and Tupou off the bench is fucking exciting as an Australian fan.

          Would have loved to see a Koroibete or a Banks come off the bench too, but jeez, the forwards alone look like they should be able to provide more power and ferocity than I could have hoped even 6 months ago.

        • John R

          Agreed mate, the Reds are really doing the heavy lifting with bringing the young piggies through aye. Thanks Queensland!

    • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

      No glaringly stupid selections for once.

      • joy

        A glaringly stupid selection of words though.

      • John R

        Definitely getting a good amount of conesus, which gives me the warm fuzzies.

    • Adrian

      So to speak

    • D. Braithwaite’s The Brumbies

      ‘Plenty of aggro cunts up in the forwards too.’

      Love it!

  • Goose Step Ghandi

    Can’t wait! team looks solid. Phipps is pretty lucky to be there.

  • Bobas

    6-2 are a big gamble IMO, more often than not it means you either delay a tactical impact player, such as a Hodge not coming on for the underdone (not match fit) DHP at the 55min mark, or you run the risk of subbing as per normal and then having injuries post sub force players out of position (Phipps on the wing or Hooper in centre, etc.)

    • idiot savant

      Yeah you’re right its a gamble – but a positive one overall. A completely fresh tight 5 might be a winning move if they are able to cohere as a unit because most of them will be playing together for the first time. I didnt think he’d start DHP for the same reason – a little underdone. He might have to play 80 now if there are any I injures or Korobete gets exposed.

      • How good Is Koroibete under the high ball? I imagine Murray and co will target his wing quite a bit. I’m more worried about that side of the field than DHP’s fitness.

    • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

      Phipps plays better on the wing than at halfback anyway :P

      • Bobas

        Like Simmons at 6.

        • Duvstar

          I’d blanked that out of my memories. PTSD coping technique. Still can’t believe we did that

    • Huw Tindall

      I wouldn’t be concerned about DHP. Been ripping it up his last two games back.

  • Mart

    The pack will suprise Ireland

  • Huck

    Putting money on Tolu to get a yellow

  • Die Hard

    A six two split. Always be worried about a six two split.

    When do Tui and Samu come on, who do they replace and how does this make the team better. I am not so sure of Coleman any more yet. He has the game for test rugby but not the temperament or maturity. I would still put Simmons in with Phipps reserve.

    Other than worrying about defense through the centers the teams not bad. Maybe Banks over the token Fijian might have been an afterthought

    • Bobas

      Phipps would be interesting choice. I’d imagine he’d be yelling commands inside the rolling maul, like a tank driver.

  • Nutta

    Scrum may be a problem. Irish have a good unit esp on their tight side and we have no second No1 named. Expect penalties from 60min on. We will need to go into the final 20min up by 12-14pts to off-set.

    Lineout may be a challenge. We have named 2.5 jumpers to go against a likely 4 jumpers.

    Midfield defence is a worry. I could handle Samu at 13 if Hodge was at 12 but having Spanners and Careless together does not fill me with awe against guys with these skills. The Irish are going to have plenty of ball from their set-piece and field-position from their smarter tactical kicking so the acid will be on these two to hit & stick tackles.

    Congratulations to Caleb and BPA. I hope you have crackers.

    I’m excited. We should do it. But I can’t help feeling this may get ugly.

    • Hugh Cavill

      Ireland have named their team, and are fielding quite a short backrow. It appears we aren’t ceding that much in the lineout department.

      • Nutta

        Is my old mate Tajh playing TH?

        • Hugh Cavill

          Have added to the article – he’s on the bench.

        • BigNickHartman

          is it news that Johnny Sexton is on the bench?

        • Huw Tindall

          He got pummeled in the Champions Cup final. He sure is a hard nut but he must be hurting after a long season where he runs around with a target on his back.

        • 22DropOut

          No. Either is Porter. 3rd choice. Weakened team named, very peculiar

    • Die Hard

      I think the Irish will play it tight generating a lot of play at 10/12 And ask questions all night. With the option of a proper box kick or spinning it out against Kerevi and Koribete when the line is fractured they will be difficult to contain.

      I see Beale at fullback Folau wing and the rest sliding in one on defense.

      The Irish are notoriously hard to get the ball back from. It could be a long night.

      • Bobas

        Foley to stand behind the ruck and draw penalties for being too far away to be cleared out.

    • Huw Tindall

      Jeez where is Adrian when you need some positivity? Irish named a bit of a second string side including a short back row so our lineout should be OK. Aussie players coming in with confidence after an up turn in Super Rugby form. Some genuine big units and experienced heads all over our team along with world class players. Leinster, I mean Ireland, play such a tight game in close the width the Wallabies put on them will stretch them and the gaps will appear for Folau and co to exploit.

      • Adrian

        Yes Huw, we are in the box seat more or less. 3 days ago bookies were giving us 1.5 points start. Now it is 0.5. We could end up favourites.

        For all the talk about our possible defence weaknesses, we will blitz them in the backs, orchestrated by Beale. There is no doubt in the wide world that Cheika will use Waratah backline moves that are currently working a treat.

        The play of constantly switching will tire the Irish forwards, but Hooper and Pocock will keep up.

        I’m expecting high kicks in attack to Folau from Beale, Foley and DHP.

        I also expect the occasional blast down the 10/12 channel from Timu and Kepu and BPA in close.

      • McWarren

        Huw the Irish back row are 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3/4. Wallabies 6.0, 6.0/1 and 6.3/4. There not giants but they aren’t short. What are you saying about a short Irish backrow? O’Mahony is very good in the line out.

        And there second string front row have just had very successful provincial seasons against some of the best front rowers in the world.

        • Huw Tindall

          I’m a glass half full guy McWarren. The Irish lineout is good but they don’t have 4 * 6’6″ targets. We’ll do alright.

          I’d also say our front row have had pretty decent seasons. The days of Australia’s scrums being shown up regularly is becoming a memory and just that. Sure not world class but we’ll hold our own.

        • McWarren

          I’m just wary, there seems to be a collective over confidence emerging in comments on this thread. Almost like a defence against the legitimate concerns we don’t want to talk about. Im also concerned about the dismissive nature of some of the comments about the Irish team.

          I’m usually the first to throw caution to wind and declare the Wallabies are back.

          But I still don’t rate the Pooper, Foleys kicking, defence and game management or Beales defence. I’m not convinced Cheika has the first clue about coaching tactics beyond his already exposed Cheika ball of over aggressive maniacal forward play that we can’t sustain for more than 30 minutes. Or his ability to instil confidence and calm focus in his play makers and leaders.

        • Huw Tindall

          Yeah we can’t gloss over the deficiencies in the Wallabies but given where we are at it’s a pretty good team and hell we were the last team to beat the ABs so we can’t be all bad. Foley and Beale have been defending in the line and doing OK. Beale especially has some of the best defensive reads in world rugby. Picks his time to shoot out of the line and uses his speed to shut down plays regularly. If he could tackle as well he would be lethal. We saw this in Bled 2 last year but also again this year in Super Rugby. Foley doesn’t shy away either. Sure isn’t going to dominate a tackle but has good cover defence and puts his body on the line.

          Also, if Cheika ball is one dimensional then so is Ireland and Schmidt ball. Have a read of the Player’s Voice article by Cheika if you haven’t already. Really interesting stuff. https://www.playersvoice.com.au/michael-cheika-cyndi-lauper-wont-win-you-game/#D7H1X6jbejt1RIxJ.97

  • Love this team. Might be the first time under Chieka that I’ve had zero issues with the 23. All of them are in pretty good form.

    • I’d say there’s a few issues. Only two jumpers against a team that is almost certain to play a positional game and kick to the corners in our 22, is very risky. Plus it’s a fantastic attacking back line, but pretty weak defensively. Especially with only a few days to practice together.

      • ozrugbynut

        Can always throw hoops up. Been done before.

  • Bernie Chan

    As expected by many methinks…Thought Banks might have been given a spot as DHP is a bit underdone and Banks can play winger or fullback…? The defensive alignment is of concern…will Grey keep shuffling players or will players hold their positions? If Hooper has to defend for Foley or Beale then Pocock will have to bear the burden in the rucks. Good pack and the forwards reserves are good (happy to see Alaalatoa and Tupou get the prop spots…), but Phipps and Latu are a bit fortunate…?
    Carberry must be playing well to keep Sexton on the bench…Connor Murray the best scrumhalf around methinks, so Genia will need to be on his game.
    We won’t outkick the Irish ‘out-of-hand or off the tee, so had better create scoring opportunities…

  • Wallaby Dave

    Would have liked to see Gordon at reserve half back

  • sambo6

    Ireland’s depth is pretty scary, given they’re seemingly resting quite a few of the Leinster guys who just wont the European Cup and the Pro14. Sexton, Healy, Cronin and Furlong on the bench; and Ringrose, Toner and Leavy not even in the matchday squad. Joey Carbery is pretty impressive from what I’ve seen, but for mine sexton is the best 10 in the world, so having him trotting on with 30mins to go isnt going to help the wallabies morale I would think!

  • wilful

    For ref management purposes I would greatly prefer Pocock as captain over Hooper.

    • McWarren

      And player to player communication, and for being the best in his position.

      • Mart

        And taking the reigns of the twitter accounts

  • Wallaby Dave

    Just hoping the out of hand kicking from Oz is going to be a little better. My hopes are not high. We need to find the grass a lot more and eliminate the rubbish box kicks that we tend to do. If done well (Ireland, C. Murray) it’s a great tactic but we haven’t been up to it. Really need to turn their wingers and FB around and not send it down their throats. Keen to see if Foley can replicate the bomb for Folau like he did so well last weekend…

    • McWarren

      Chasers make the kick. How many are chasing kicks is very good indicator as to spirit of the team. Box kicks are always rubbish if the winger doesn’t chase or doesn’t know it happening.

      • Australians don’t chase. We never have. I don’t know why, but it seems like it is the antithesis of our teams.

        • Ed
        • McWarren

          Funny I always remember it being a strong point of our game. It’s what made our 90’s and 00’s teams so good. The vision of Horan always chasing hard with Little, Herbert, Burke Et al right with him is one of my happy rugby memories.

    • David Creagh

      Australia always Box kick too deeply sio that there is no real pressure on the receiver. Chase is almost always poor also.

  • Huw Tindall

    I think Cheika is trolling the trolls. Anyone who said he had a Tahs bias can go get stuffed. Only 5 in the run on and of those you won’t find many seriously arguing that any of Kepu, Hooper, Foley, Beale, and Folau shouldn’t be there. Hell he didn’t even pick Tom Robertson on the bench. Pretty good side I say.

    Ireland playing a weaker starting side too. The players must be hurting after a long season especially when you consider more than half the squad played in finals rugby just over a week ago. Watching Sexton get pummeled in the Champions Cup final showed he is a tough nut but all those hits add up. Wallabies need to get off to a flyer against the relative green Irish side. Like the Tahs against the Saders, Highlanders and Chiefs games.

    • McWarren

      Only 5 Tahs in the run on? Ah the winds of change. At least this year there in form.

      • Huw Tindall

        I know right. What’s Aussie Rugby come too when the Tahs only fill up 1/3rd of the starting line up. Bloody disgrace.

  • Gottsy

    If Caleb Timu and Pete Samu end up forming a decent combination, do we call them Simu?

    • McWarren

      Cape I believe is the correct term. As in Cape Crusader

      • Gottsy

        Haha I like it. Or peleb?

    • Gallagher

      The Simu Pooper!

  • Patrick

    I’m extremely anxious about watching this one, frankly. Sure we could have a great outing but they have a lot of strengths in places we have, um, no strengths. And they have a better captain, so they’ll get a better rub of the green, and they’ll react better during the game, and I don’t see us being so much better than them that we can give those up.

    I almost never tip against Australia even against the ABs but I really don’t feel great about this one :(

  • mikado

    Decent Australia team. Should beat an under-strength Ireland I think.

  • Andy

    Overall a good team. Happy with the pack. Personally would have liked to see Rona there at 13. He’s been the best imo and his link play has with his outside guys has been outstanding. But Kerevi has been good in attack so I get the selection. Just hoping we don’t get killed too much in D. That is a big concern. DHP is the only decent defender in the whole backline.

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