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  1. upthereds#!

    Waratahs 2023

    how many international 10s are short? Not ideal to make a comparison with a halfback. No saying a 10 can't be short, but not the best illustration
  2. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    McKellar will be gutted. Surely he thought he was next in line, now that path is closed (most likely). Even if he stays, perhaps coz of cost of sacking him also, he won't stick around for 5 years waiting for another shot at the top gig.
  3. upthereds#!

    Brumbies 2023

    Frost did really well, but I don't think a Rodda/Frost lock combo would be great for example - lacking some engine room grunt. Frost Skelton is one I'd like to see. If we get stuck at 3 overseas players (quade, kerevi & koroibete) then ok give rodda and frost a go but yeh - hesitant.
  4. upthereds#!

    Brumbies 2023

    Get the forward machine rolling again. Get the best players on 4. Swain 5. Neville 6. Frost 8. Valetini 7. Samu 19. Hooper 20. Brown
  5. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    2 x 15s plus an extra Hooker, Prop and Halfback. Sometimes the 4th lock/6th backrow is a single utility man, like Mostert so a 6th prop can be taken.
  6. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    No If Gleeson is preferred VIII, and is a small guy, and hoops is small, and the locks are small (Hanigan, Holloway and Seu - all who prefer the backrow btw), then they'll need Swinton @ 6 Gamble off the bench and giving hooper rests.
  7. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    From the current signed (plus mcdermott) lists of each team - this is the best team I can come up with for 2024. Here's to a strong 2023 in signings! Hope the new deals and the incoming tours gets some staying power for payroll 1. Lambert 2. Porecki 3. HJH (Harry Johnson-Holmes) 4. Rodda 5. Frost 6. T.Hooper 8. Pugh...
  8. upthereds#!

    Aussie Player Exodus

    also $. Hanigan probably not getting a Rugby Australia topup post WC (assuming he doesnt have one now either)
  9. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    Of course My 5 props for Fiji would be Ravai, Saulo, Tawake, Doge & Mawi.
  10. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    Excellent! Really hope he comes good. Would love to see him in France at the WC
  11. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    That's dissapointing. This guy seems too old be any of the academy players so interesting to know who it ACTUALLY is.
  12. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    Not a bad shout. I'm think Lolo - formers reds and brumbies. Left Japanese rugby, was schooled in Brisbane. This is an old photo - perhaps training with the squad or mass gaining for a future as a prop lol
  13. upthereds#!

    Aussie Player Exodus

    Reckon Rugby Australia will be happy to get him off their books (assuming he's on it)
  14. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    Ikitau is in the 23 V Wales.
  15. upthereds#!

    Waratahs 2023

    Faulkner and Holz aren't the worst backups in Australia...(reds are doomed). Lambert has an ok CV and the development THP is Tauakipulu who has been around the squad a couple years now developing.
  16. upthereds#!

    Aussie Player Exodus

    I wonder if Bristol didn't want to hold him/had to downgrade his contact. Grass is alot greener in France if he can get full time there, but could be a stop gap before heading to Japan for next season.
  17. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    Wasnt Mafi injured and Thorn was anti LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto)? Think both should have been and would continue to be starters.
  18. upthereds#!

    Reds 2023

    I think Aus teams across the board have struggled with positive replacements for big name departures. Just more big names off shore. Reds have done better then most but Mafi OUT Faesller in -loss LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto) OUT W.Blyth in - loss ASY (Angus Scott-Young) OUT Jones in -gain Stewart OUT - ....noone in? Aubrey? Loss Sure...
  19. upthereds#!

    Force 2023

    Its a shame no.8 Masibaka left straight from the Academy. Current backrow is quite light on.
  20. upthereds#!

    Wallabies 2023

    No impact on the Reds forward pack.
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