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Wednesday’s Rugby News looks at the Wallabies first impression of Dave Rennie, the scoreline helping the young players plot a Bledisloe upset, Auckland-born Irae Simone reflects on selection and Pumas coach Mario Ledesma opens up on his positive COVID test


Rennie impressing so far

Wallabies Coach Dave Rennie will be making his home in Queensland

Wallabies Coach Dave Rennie will be making his home in Queensland

As the Wallabies enter camp ahead of the first two Bledisloe test matches in October, the squad continues to sing the praises of new coach Dave Rennie.

Rennie has come under fire from a number of critics after his appointment, with a certain former Australian coach and radio personality doing his best ‘old man yells at cloud’ impression as he accused him of being a coaching ‘co-ordinator’.

This has been immediately rebuffed by Reds number eight Harry Wilson, who revealed that Rennie has been taking charge and putting the squad through an intensive training session in order to build fitness ahead of lockdown.

“Yeah, he’s been real hands-on,” Wilson said.

“Obviously he’s got his assistants, (but) everything’s been going through him.

“On the field today he was running most of the drills and he was just keeping us honest, making sure that we were doing everything 100 per cent because he knows how important it is against the New Zealand teams not to slack off.

“So he was really big today on just doing everything right and that’s something we will have to learn real quickly around the breakdown because there was a big emphasis on that today at training and he was really hands-on running those sessions.”

This was shared by Brumbies centre Irae Simone, who was impressed with up-beat, smart football style that they will look to play when they take the field on October 11.

“I’m liking the style that he wants,” he said.

“It’s just quick footy. We want to play up-speed, with a lot of tempo, a lot of good skill, just playing smart footy and on the back of that we want to be physical, we want to be dominant around the breakdown.

“We just want to be physical, that’s all he’s after and that’s what everyone’s got to buy into, and then play with a lot of skill and good footy.”

Battle scars

Harry Wilson Brumbies v Reds Super Rugby 2020 (Photo Credit QRUBrendan Hertel)

24-0.

That is the scoreline that is inspiring the next generation of the Wallabies as they look to end the Bledisloe drought.

In the extended 44-man squad, there are six Australians that featured in the Junior Wallabies side which beat New Zealand under-20s 24-0 last May.

Reds number eight Harry Wilson is one of those who are using this recent winning experience against the Kiwis as the catalyst for change ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup match on October 11.

“That’s one of the mindsets we have here. We want to win and we don’t want to shy away from that,” Wilson said.

“That’s the past. They’ve won in the past but there are so many new people here and a lot of us haven’t lost to them. Even the ones that have, Australia has been improving a lot recently.

“That’s the past now and we have new coaches here. Everyone is new here. It’s a fresh start and we look forward to it.”

With Wilson expected to slot into the number eight jersey for the Wallabies, the 20-year-old is more than confident that he can step up to the role if called upon.

“I feel if I was given that opportunity I would definitely be ready,” Wilson said.

“But I guess I know there are a lot of other good loose forwards here and I know over the next three weeks I definitely have to try and prove myself and that I’m up for it. I definitely believe I could do a job.

“Over the last 20 years, that’s all my memories – watching Australia against New Zealand in the Bledisloe. A lot of matches stand out.”

Kiwi Irae a Proud Australian

Simone tries to evade.

Simone tries to evade.

Whilst most of us dreamed about representing the Wallabies from Australia, centre Irae Simone was a bit different.

Simone was born, raised and schooled in Auckland, partnering All Blacks centre and mullet enthusiast Jack Goodhue in the midfield at his Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland.

However, his allegiances have always lied with the green and gold, with Simone expressing his dream to play for the Wallabies as early as the age of 11 on a home video.

When asked about it, the Brumbies centre admitted that it was surreal to now be in his first Wallabies squad after a breakout season in the nation’s capital.

“What’s funny is that my parents in an old video growing up, they asked me ‘what team would I want to play for’ and I said, ‘the Wallabies’,” Simone told reporters.

“I looked up to a lot of players in the All Blacks, but I’ve never wanted to play for the All Blacks, and my family are huge supporters of the Wallabies.

“Being shown that and being told from my parents what I said back then, it’s crazy, I still have to pinch myself that I’m here.

“I’m pretty grateful to have this opportunity. I’m just going to take it all in, enjoy this experience and hopefully get a few games under myself.”

Despite the lack of success, Simone was confident that the next generation of Australian players could buck the trend and inspire a transformation.

“It’s fair to say they’ve dropped down a few over the past couple of years but I’m with a special group here that’ll take it up again,” Simone said.

“There’s something special brewing in this group and hopefully we can turn that into a winning mindset and win a few games.”

Mario brushing COVID off

Mario Ledesma

Mario Ledesma

Pumas coach Mario Ledesma has assured officials and fans that his positive COVID-19 test and other cases within the national set-up will not impact their plans to travel to Australia for the Rugby Championship.

Ledesma was amongst a handful of Argentinean players and officials that were forced to isolate as a result of the virus, with the former Wallabies assistant playing down the incident.

“I’m all good, I never had symptoms or anything,” Ledesma told the Herald from Buenos Aires.

“Ninety-nine per cent of our staff and players were fine.

Only one guy got symptoms a month ago but the other guys were asymptomatic.

“It’s really weird because we had a lot of positive cases, but all asymptomatic. Some guys were living together, sharing maté [a popular drink in Argentina] and bathrooms but one got it and the other didn’t. It happened in three or four different cases.”

The Pumas have moved their base into Uruguay due to the spread of the virus in the South American country, with over 8,000 cases recorded in the past 24 hours.

Along with this, Argentina has experienced one of the longest lockdown periods in the world, with players stuck in their houses/apartments for four straight months.

This has severely limited their preparations for The Rugby Championship, with Ledesma conceding that they will likely enter the event in November underdone.

“They’ve been struggling through the lockdown,” Ledesma said.

“We need our guys to play footy, not only for the rugby in Argentina but for themselves. We had the longest lockdown in the world and it’s still going on.

“We’re going through the worst part of the pandemic.

“There’s over 10,000 cases a day and 300 people dying every day. The Rugby Championship will be good for their mental health. Also for economic reasons, it’s good for the union too.”

  • sambo6

    please, Please, PLEASE!!!!!!…..a message to the aussie media…..please dont start talking up the ‘lack of scars’ because a few rookies beat NZ in a couple of age-group games. Also, stop fluffing us up too much just because we’re feeling all chuffed with ourselves as we’ve forgotten what it feels like to lose to kiwi teams over the past 6 months….

    I can accept positive coverage, and talk of a ‘fresh beginning’ given new management and a number of new players…..but don’t over-egg it more than that….

    Prosecution Evidence Exhibit A: Ewen McKenzie ‘knows how to beat new zealand teams’…..
    Prosecution Evidence Exhibit B: With a core of championship winning Tahs, the wallabies aren’t afraid of the AB’s in 2014….
    Prosecution Evidence Exhibit C: With a host of AB great’s retiring after the 2015 RWC, and Australia being a team ‘on the up’ after getting to the decider, 2016 is ripe for a shift in the power balance…..

    • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

      There is a benefit to build a team around a group of players used to winning. Jake White RWC winning 2007 group was build around thr 2003 under 20 World championship team. France is also building a strong team on the basis of under 20 success.

      I am worried it could be boys vs men tests as the 2004 Bok team found when they got smashed by England. It is an opportunity to learn, however let’s hope the lesson will not be “how to get used to losing” but rather used to build a team for 2023 RWC success.

      • sambo6

        I dont disagree…but lets keep it on the downlow…just amongst us, yeah? …..

    • Alister Smith

      I think there is some sense in your approach sambo6. We keep waiting for the new Messiah as a coach or the next bright young thing as players. People talk about Kearns, Horan and Little but they came into a team that had a lot of experience around them. Look at the development the Reds have made but also remember that it took a couple of years of winning just six games, some tough decisions that a lot of people still struggle with and the addition of an experienced playmaker and a new attack coach before they started to fire.

      I would rather just leave Rennie and his team to get on with it, and just watch the team develop. Let them fail, if they are going to learn from it and hopefully, in 12-18 months time, we have the beginnings of a competitive side and are starting to regularly beat top five teams.

      As one of the article rightly points out, a former Grand Slam winning coach is determined its going to fail – but his approach is just as bad as the overly optimistic ones – lets just give them a bit of clear air.

      • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

        Agree, our rugby problem is far greater. We have to do the hard yard and stop searching for a quick fix.

    • Ads

      Sambo I agree. I would temper that also with the idea of us not being overly reverential. Yes we are underdogs and unlikely to pull off a win in NZ. But we do ourselves no favours if we are in awe of them. That’s the concept behind calling them “New Zealand” and not the ABs etc. Which by being kinda brainless semantics has some reasoning behind it.

    • I agree 100% although there is always that hope of a core of players who have experience of winning against their counterparts will help.

      I would like to point out, not without an element of schadenfreude, it’s not only in Australia this happens. Imagine it’s an early autumn evening in 2015 and you’re watching the TV in Blighty. You might have to imagine, I’ll rely on my memories. A series of adverts for the coverage of the 2015 RWC appear, showing England’s players as giants striding across the land, literally stepping into Twickenham over the stands to face down all comers. (Being the totally loyal fan of the soap dodgers that I’m not, I may have thrown something at the television.)

      Oddly, those adverts vanished as Lancaster and Robshaw’s team lost to Gatland and Warburton’s injury ravaged and, according to the English media, hopeless Wales, then to some new guy whose’s name we shall not mention in light of the next few years and Moore’s Australia then limped out in the pool stages…

      Giants of rugby indeed.

      • sambo6

        yep….I dont have to imagine. Of the ~170 months I’ve spent living an an Aussie expat on these grey and drizzly shores….October 2015 was probably one of the best..the disbelief from the natives that their team wasn’t in the second half of the tournament was schadenfraudtastic…. https://media3.giphy.com/media/1lwUGDsACH6cwRd5vq/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          I was there for that, and boy did it feel good. The press was predictably brutal.

        • Steve

          I somehow managed to wrangle fairly prime (and more importantly free) seats to that game, maybe my fondest evening in the UK (sorry Stephanie)

        • Being Welsh I have some different ones to add to the mix, but that night was right up there, watching England crash out of their own RWC, especially after that advertising campaign, that will live long in the memories.

      • laurence king

        I wish that I had said that

  • Custardtaht

    I for one am excited by our new Wallabies overlord. With a new generation of players coming through who know success against NZ and with none of the emotional baggage of heavy and sustained losses, the All Blacks are going to be lambs to the brothels.

    • Yowie

      Baaa means no!

      • KwAussie Rugby Lover

        Baaaaa means no. Baaa means you’re cute. No wonder you missed out in NZ

        • Yowie

          I just misunderstood when my hosts recommended to “pull on a woolly” if I got cold at night.

        • KwAussie Rugby Lover

          Hahaha gold

        • Yowie

          credit to Hale & Pace for the core of that joke.

    • Thomas Murray

      Hiding on the card for your boys,

      • UTG

        You tell ‘em, Tommy!

      • Yowie

        Why are you hiding on a card (whatever that means) for Custardtaht’s boys?
        This isn’t the sort of forum where we threaten to hide and wait for each other’s kids mate.

        • Custardtaht

          In his defence, my boys, if I had any, would indeed have a hiding on the cards. I assume they would be little bastards.

        • laurence king

          Beaten maybe, I for one don’t think that we’re in for a hiding. A few points in our favour; we don’t have to play according to the plan, our 10 and 12 will be able to tackle, oue winger will not be running to the other side of stadium to make a tackle, our players will be picked on form and not that they played for the Tahs in 2015. . Players will fit their position. Oh, did I say ‘no Cheika’?

        • Well said. I’m withholding final judgement until I see team sheets etc.

          My thoughts at this stage though are, that I don’t expect a victory, but I won’t be surprised by one. I still think it’s advantage to the ABs but it’s an advantage of playing against a team that is managing a transition rather than having a complete rebuild, and hopefully we’re going in only doing that rather than going in and giving them a stacked deck that we stacked in their favour…

        • laurence king

          The ABs are always of an elite standard. A sterner test would be harder to find. A close result could have a very positive effect on this side.

        • True. I’m hoping for signs of quality and plans being both sensible and executed at this point. But a good match, which is not the same as a win, would be nice too.

      • Custardtaht

        Not sure if you follow rugby, but no kiwi teams were in the Super Rugby Final on the weekend.

    • Hoss

      I with you Taht i’ve already had 500 t-Shirts screen printed and ready to go that pronounce the glorious return of Lord Bled to our shores. As a precaution though ive stored em with the ‘Congrat’s President Hilary 2016′ shirts for now.

      • Custardtaht

        I had a batch of President Trump shirts saying ‘Four more Terms’ made.

        • Yowie

          I saw from the Colbert show that Biden’s team used a clip of Trump talking shit at a rally about “if Biden wins, I’ll go away and you won’t hear from me again” followed by a hard edit to Biden “I’m Joe Biden and I approve this message”.

          Well done that team.

        • Sometimes it just writes itself, doesn’t it. But I’m really happy someone in the Biden camp spotted that so quickly.

      • Frosty morning

        Reminds me of the time a few years ago when England put up a heap of posters congratulating themselves as 6N champions before having to hurriedly pull them all down the next day when the final match didn’t go as planned.

        • Hoss

          I learnt from my Hilary debacle though Frosty – this time i didn’t put a year on them – law of averages shows at some point the shirts will be right. It’s an investment.

        • Frosty morning

          Good thinking Hoss… you may one day get to sell them in NZ if Sir Edmund’s descendants ever enter politics.

        • Custardtaht

          I thought Sir Edmund was Australian?

        • Hoss

          Dinky Di at that – like Splut Unz and co.

        • Frosty morning

          Of course he was… as was Sherpa Tenzing…

        • Yowie

          How long does cotton (with screenprinting ink) last under ideal storage conditions?

        • Hoss

          My ‘Latham for PM’ ones are still in good nick mate, so a fair while. Storage costs are a killer though.

        • Frosty morning

          I’ve still got an Istanbul 2000 Olympics T-shirt I picked up in Turkey in about 1995.

        • Hoss

          Uppity bloody Ottomans – they cant even pick & stick on a deity, they were zero chance of winning our Olympics.

        • Yowie

          Major western countries seem to be on a bit of a streak of electing unhinged f*ckers to the top job, so Latham could potentially ride that tide to victory. As a Sky news “personality”, a bit of Murdoch Press backing would be handy.

        • Reds Revival

          Are you able to convert the Kevin 07 T-shirts to Kevin 27?

        • Hoss

          That’s a sore point mate. Sent Gillard an invoice from my ‘Kevin ’11’ shirts and got a nasty response calling me a ‘Misogynist’ – i’ve never even been to Greece, where does she get off, bloody stupid woman……I was born in the Hunter

        • Custardtaht

          Did you send her back a ‘Ditch the Witch’ shirt?

        • Hoss

          Massive failure mate, i use those shit-hole, impoverished, uneducated third world countries for lower labour costs, you know, New Zealand. All i got back was ‘Dutch the Wutch’ which sounds like a European Kids bed time book / character. But if you have $9.95, boy do i have a deal of a lifetime for you.

        • A Dingo Stole My Rugby

          I’ve always thought Chris Latham would make a great PM…

      • RedAnt

        Maybe store them with the ‘back in the black’ coffee mugs

  • Damo

    Young Harry seems to like a chat. Not cocky, just youthful exuberance. It’s refreshing.

    • Hoss

      Aint it so.

  • It’s shocking to discover that two guys, brand new to a Wallaby camp, only have very nice things to say about the coaching staff and the training environment. I’m dumbstruck.

    • KwAussie Rugby Lover

      Hahahaha so true

    • Reds Revival

      Not enough Tahs in the squad to organise a coup just yet!

      • Yowie

        Based on precedent, would the Brumbies not feel aggrieved that Dan McKellar isn’t the Wallabies coach right now off the back of “winning the most recent final”?

        Or am I unfairly tarring the Brumbies players with the mendacious conniving nature of the Waratah mind?

        • Damo

          mendacious and conniving…You gave me a Jackie Chiles moment there. That’s totally inappropriate. It’s lewd, lascivious, salacious, outrageous.

        • laurence king

          Shouldn’t it be Tahring

      • Hoss

        But were working on it now. Theres a reason they call it Coup d’étah

    • Alister Smith

      At least wait until we whittle if down from 46 to the match day 23 and create some disaffected parties.

  • KwAussie Rugby Lover

    Thanks Nathan, You really have to hand it to Jones, if there’s a way to bring Australian rugby down he’ll find it. What a Cock! You can just imagine the shit he’s going to spew if the Wallabies don’t win 2 – 0 in NZ, which I think may be a step to far just yet. Of course Rennie is a hands on coach, that’s always been his way so why would it change now? Good to hear the team is getting behind him. Not sure I’d put too much into the U20 win as absolutely it was good, however the NZ U20 program has been a rock show for a number of years and the academy program is a better flow into the ABs. However I do agree that having that confidence in the squad will be a good point, goes back to my point about keeping in the experienced players who only have experience to back them up, not sure the last 5 – 6 years have given players experience that we want to keep in the squad.

    • Hoss

      Spot on KARL, losing is just as much a habit as winning.

    • Hambone

      Ole Allan the mouthpiece. 1 training session deep and he’s already trying to pull the structure down. I cant wait until I’m older and grumpier and surrounded by young butlers that keep me out of the soho public toilets projecting vitriol to any and all that will listen.
      Give it a break allan.

    • laurence king

      Allan is losing relevance. And it will totally disappear when the Wallabies give a good account of themselves

  • Hoss

    Breaking news – another kick to the financial groin of RA. Qantas out at end of 2020

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/qantas-ends-wallabies-sponsorship-cuts-off-cash-to-cricket-and-soccer-20200923-p55ybh.html

    • Moz

      Holy crap, that’s a big one…. Fortescue on the front of the jumpers, perhaps. Or don’t the RA still need his money??
      Yeah, cheap shot, but couldn’t help it!

      • Hoss

        In the broader scheme of things it makes the TV rights deal even more critical – reckon the bidders might just revisit their initial offers downwards.

        Hello private equity for mine.

        • Damo

          Qantas decision can’t be a surprise to anyone. It’s just the next step in resetting how the game is run here. Tighter, smarter, less bullshit I hope. It opens the door to some new sponsors though. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Wallabies run out with that burning map of the Ponderosa on the front of the jersey.

        • Custardtaht

          When you are bleeding $40 million a week, cuts need to be made.

        • Damo

          And the problem definitely isn’t marketing & promotion!

      • Alister Smith

        nothing “cheap” about Twiggy

    • Yowie

      According to the conspiracy, Old Mate is likely to be welcomed back to the Wallabies as soon as the Qantas sponsorship ends.

      • Mica

        Yeah nah

    • Custardtaht

      I think it is time for a new sponsor. One with the same colours. I would like to introduce;

      The Banana Boat Wallabies.

      • Custardtaht

        Banana Boat Wallabies team song, based on Banana Boat ad:

        Banana Boats
        Fun ruck protection
        Banana Boats
        Will score 30 plus
        Banana Boats
        Will win for hours and hours and hours
        Do do do do do do do do do.

    • Mica

      Don’t think QANTAS can afford to sponsor anything except COVID-19 research at the moment.

      • Hoss

        Its fair enough mate. if i am a recent ex Flying Kangaroo staff member and i see millions spent on sponsorship instead of wages I’d be a fraction dirty. Its a prudent, but painful move.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Not surprised by this. There was a great article in the WSJ stating along the line that if international flights arent restored to around 50-60% by Xmas, more than 75% of the worlds airlines that arent state sponsored or owned will go bankrupt

    • Alister Smith

      also reducing or pulling out of sponsorship for cricket and soccer

      • Hoss

        Retaining ‘in kind’ support though for those other sports, or ‘contra’ as it was once known (before ‘cash for comments’)

        • Alister Smith

          so what are our options now Rex for domestic flights and Aeroflot or Mongolian Airways for internationals? or one of those ones from the movies where you have to sit up the bag with caged chickens (if you are allowed to put chickens in cages anymore).

        • Hoss

          If it were the NRL they’d be cuing up to hop on a Virgin.

        • Yowie

          I’d hardly call two Bulldogs players a “queue”

        • Hoss

          Tomatoe / tomartoe

        • Alister Smith

          I’m not sure the two girls were as pure as Hoss’ comment might suggest either

  • Frosty morning

    I just saw a headline on Bookface that Hooper has been reappointed as Wallabies’ captain.

    • Hoss
      • UTG

        This is going to be very hard to stomach for some.

        • Hoss

          Time to fall in behind the boys now and enjoy the future.

        • Custardtaht

          Damn the North Jersey Shore boyz club….they strike again.

        • UTG

          Cash in an Aldi bag, works every time.

        • Alister Smith

          A bloke in Qld shot a girl with a bow and arrow at Aldi yesterday….I am taking a Coles bag for my bribery in future

        • UTG

          The decisive variable in that situation was that it was in QLD.

        • Alister Smith

          Booval, Qld to be more specific and, as a former resident of the neighbouring suburb, I am not overly surprised (though the bow and arrow bit was a bit different) he also had a shot at a taxi and a cyclist on his way to the shops

        • UTG

          What is the world coming to when you can’t take out our bow and arrow set and take a few potshots on your trip to the shops?

        • Yowie

          I kinda get the cyclist thing.

        • Alister Smith

          yeah me too

        • Yowie

          I kinda get the cyclist thing.

        • Custardtaht

          That’s why I pick Woolies.

        • Reds Revival

          Gold!

        • GeorgiaSatellite

          Robin Hoodie?

        • Reds Revival

          Nice work GS!

        • Alister Smith

          that’s a classic

        • Hoss

          You bloody banker!

        • UTG

          Got me

  • Timbo

    And in other breaking news, Michael Hooper has been announced as the new, new Wallabies Captain. Or is that new, old Captain?
    regardless, Id say the 7 jersey is now his for at least 12 months.

    • laurence king

      Well, congratulations to him. 12 months seems about the right amont of time to see if the young bucks can displace him. Be interesting to see if his approach to captaincy and decision making changes under Rennie. One thing though, he’ll still lead from the front chasing through on kicks and such like.

  • Alister Smith

    There is an article on rugby.com.au about Hoopers appointment as captain from Christy Doran. The final line is
    “Just who joins him in the back-row remains far from clear, with Brumbies duo Rob Valetini and Pete Samu the favourites to complete the back-row.”

    Do others think these two are the favourites – Isi N was not selected so Samu is probably the most likely 8 but I thought Valentini started the final from the bench and I personally didn’t think he was a favourite for a spot. I think the loose forwards are probably where we see most/many of the differences of opinion here.

    • Hoss

      I see Wright & Wilson at 6 & 8 respectively. P Samu off the bench later. Wilson is just a bigger body for mine – especially early. My red hot tip – expect to see Lee Majors play much tighter under Moses than Segall.

    • Reds Revival

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wilson and Samu on the field at the same time with Lee Majors. That would make a pretty potent backrow combination.

    • laurence king

      The only guaranteed position in the back row is Hooper. Favourites with whom? They’re all good players and I don’t believe that Doran’s informants have any more inkling as to Rennie’s thoughts as do we.

      • Hoss

        Spot on. I am heading out to Cessnock tomorrow on business and hope to spend an hour or two watching em train if possible. I think there staying at the Crown Plaza but using the facilities at nearby school for training

        • laurence king

          I don’t know who Doran has got but we’ve got you. It will be virtually straight from the horse’s mouth (sorry, bad pun).

        • Alister Smith

          business? new sponsorship deal to negotiate perhaps?

        • Reds Revival

          I was lucky enough to be on the Sunny Coast a few years ago when the Wallabies training was just behind the rowing regatta I was at. Mick the Kick was still a fairly recent appointment, so that gives you an idea of how long ago.
          Part of the training was closed off from the public, and the rest was open.
          At 6′ 4″, I’m not small, but Rory Arnold is an absolute man mountain up close!! There are some huge men in the Wallabies.
          Enjoy Hoss!

        • Hoss

          Cheers RR. Looking forward to it if possible. Might be a chance for a few autographs, least I can do for the boys to lift morale.

        • Steve

          What about 6’10” needed explaining RR??

        • Reds Revival

          I know. Stating the bleeding obvious! But it is still intimidating to see that up close.

    • UTG

      Valetini and Samu work together nicely in that Valetini will do the tight work and Samu the loose. Rob also has about 15kg on Wright, which is needed at test level, and at his best can boss the opposition forward pack (I’ve watched him dominate SpringBok forwards in Super in the past). He wasn’t in top form in the the second half of SuperAu but if Rennie can get the best out of him he’s probably our best option at 6.

  • laurence king

    And McReight has been roomed with Hooper. His Queensland mates had him nervous being told Hooper is a bit of a tyrant. At least he’s not Doug Walters; making toasties at 2am, andsmoking/drinking all night.

    • Reds Revival

      No. That’s Tolu Latu.

      • laurence king

        Lol, Gold

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