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Wednesday’s Rugby News

Wednesday’s Rugby News

Wednesday’s rugby news has some Reds reinforcements, the Rebels losing Weeks, the Wallabies trying to fit David Pocock in and an exciting Six Nations suggestion.


Gill and Hunt back at Reds

Liam Gill

The struggling Reds will be boosted by the availability of Liam Gill and Karmichael Hunt for this weekend’s match against the Rebels. Gill received a two-week ban following his wrestling-style tackle on Nic White in the team’s 29-0 loss to the Brumbies, while Hunt’s club-imposed suspension for cocaine possession has expired.

Rob Simmons will also be fit for Queensland’s upcoming tour of South Africa, having recovered from a shoulder nerve injury that has kept him sidelined since pre-season. Despite sitting at the bottom of the Australian conference, captain James Slipper said that a finals berth was still possible, emphasising, “With the players we do have here, it’s a very good squad,”

Weeks facing injury layoff

weeks higginbotham

Laurie Weeks has avoided surgery after injuring his knee in Friday’s loss to the Hurricanes, however the foundation Rebel will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after scans confirmed a fracture of his left tibial plateau. The news means that Weeks will be available for the second half of the season, with Paul Alo Emile expected to fill his role in the front-row.

The Rebels’ most-capped player will be a great loss to the squad though, as emphasised by head of Athletic Performance Bryce Cavanagh. “He is a wonderful, positive influence on the group, and his experience is invaluable; we’ll miss that on the field,” Cavenagh explained.

Cheika unsure of Pocock role

Pocock - outstanding captain

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has admitted that although he trusts that David Pocock will return to his full playing potential, he is not quite sure where the Brumbies flanker fits into World Cup plans. “Once he gets a run of games, he’s a world-class performer and I’m sure he will deliver, there’s no issue there,”  Cheika said.

The issue was instead with the emergence of Michael Hooper as Australia’s first choice openside flanker. While Cheika believes that both players will be important to the Australian World Cup effort, he said that there would likely only be room for one in the starting side. Cheika will also delay naming his Wallabies captain until the end of the Super Rugby season.  

Bonus points argued for Six Nations

6n

Clive Woodward believes the Six Nations would benefit from adopting a bonus-point system. The former England coach commented that administrators should try to encourage the spectacle seen on the final day of this year’s competition on a more regular basis. A remarkable 221 points were scored over the three matches on the last day, as team’s fought for a points differential advantage.

“Rugby’s a great game when it’s played properly, but when you’re not going out there to score tries and you’re going out there to defend and play field position, sometimes rugby isn’t a great spectacle for general sports fans,” Woodward said.

  • brumby runner

    Good to see our national coach is participating in GAGR’s debate about Hooper v Pocock. But he doesn’t seem to know any more than the rest of us.

    • John Tynan

      I had to think about what he was talking about. I boiled it down to form vs reputation, which I think is fair enough.

      • Bill

        Form vs Reality more like.

  • Mart

    Ha, that is a classic from Clive Woodward. The king of boring rugby.
    I’m fairly sure he has said the opposite in the past

    • Guest

      the one criticism I wouldn’t level at Woodwards is that he ever promoted boring Rugby.

      Obviously i’m a bit biased but Ashton was the attack coach under Woodward from 2001-2002 (?) and England were probably the best attacking side in World Rugby at that point.

      He’s always been seen as a guy who promotes attacking Rugby and Henley, London Irish and Bath under Woodward were all about attacking rugby and Woodward is the guy who brought Jim Greenwoods total rugby ethos into the professional rugby in the North ((this is the guy who took the numbers off his players shirts when at London Irish).

      • Mart

        The side i saw, bar Robinson was one based around a kicking 5/8 and forward power.
        Maybe there are different versions of attacking But i would argue Woodwards side relied massively on penalty kicking and drop goals
        For me working your way into position for a drop goal or penalty goal is boring rugby

      • Mart

        P.s love your work

  • Bobas

    Pocock to cover 13 for Kuridrani. Cheika will have to take note.

    • Who?

      But Hooper’s the better centre. :-O

  • Hillsy

    Weeks is a loss, however i feel that Alo-Emile is the better Scrummager of the two.

  • Dom Par

    If we have Pocock on the bench, we need to pick a bench 2nd rower who can cover 6 or 8 in a pinch. Like Jones, Timani, Dennis, Smiler etc.

    That way for the bench backrower we can pick a specialist openside like Pocock, without it being to much of gamble.

  • RobC

    Thanks for the News!
    – Going to be a good game? Reds Rebs. No gouging please
    – Pocock. 7. Easy.
    – NH just needs to play faster. Too slow.

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