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  1. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Uru? Hooper? Frost and LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto) can do 4 and 6. I don’t think Holloway has done enough this year.
  2. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I guess that McReight and Valetini will be there if fit and in form. Valetini is an OK lineout target but not top line. In order to balance this back row you need Hooper or Cale or maybe Swinton. I would argue that Cale is the best lineout option of all of them and as good as the second rowers...
  3. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    He can do just about everything Frost can and he's faster and has better ball skills. Frost is in the second row or on the bench. At 6/8 you need Valetini and Cale/Swinton/Hooper. Maybe Williams if you want someone with more grunt.
  4. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Charlie Cale?
  5. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Yes, and he is even throwing straight!! :oops: Problem is that he goes down after every knock, taking himself out of the play. He played for near 80 mins on the weekend, which was a good effort. Not sure if Schmidt will go for him but he is solid in the scrum.
  6. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    After the weekends rugby a few put their hands up. Tom Wright was exceptional for the Brumbies. He really does need to be in the back 3 somewhere. With him and Kellaway there is the opportunity to throw an out and out speedster on the vacant wing. Young Tim Ryan seems to have something special...
  7. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Include him as a coach if needed but surely he will not be included as a player. Having mentors within the group looks to be a big deal for Schmidt, and as we know, experience is king in test rugby. However, any player included as a player/coach needs to be able to hold his own on the pitch. If...
  8. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Except he is not test standard. has not been for a while. He would be the 4th ranked 10 at the Reds.
  9. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Not sure if Mark N (Nawaqanitawase). warrants a spot based on form so far this year and he is leaving. However we have 3 exciting new young wingers whose form is all a worth a look at and consideration given to including them. Kellaway ALWAYS takes the right option and his nose for a gap and the line are...
  10. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    His and CGs goal kicking is worse than average for the season. I think they are around 60%. Noah Lolesio is around 90%. Donaldson was 100% yesterday but when not under pressure. Lolesio gets the gig but who is the understudy?
  11. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    He certainly did not do his chances any harm this week. I’m not a huge fan but i would certainly have him before CG. He kicked 8 out of 8 this week and created a good chunk of the play. His kicking in general play was also long and accurate.
  12. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I think Sio is a realistic Giteau pick at this point. He has played a ton of footy and is going very well by all accounts. Hopefully Bell is back for TRC.
  13. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I reckon McReight is pretty close to being as good as Hooper. Better in some ways. His linking game is superior as are his ball skills. He looks bigger than Hooper and has a similar sized motor. He should start at 7. Gordons game yesterday did not help his cause. His passing game was off, as was...
  14. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    No mention of him here, or Toole for that matter. https://www.theroar.com.au/2024/05/02/the-five-young-guns-who-should-be-celebrated-and-the-one-that-is-wallabies-ready/ I agree with all of that. Cale is ready to at least be in the squad and competing for a cap or two. They all have big...
  15. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Tom Lynagh just seems to read the play very well. He often turns up in the right place at the right time to make a crucial tackle and his passing/kicking game is cultured. He also does not shirk the hard stuff and puts his body on the line repeatedly. There is a lot of improvement to be had...
  16. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    Foley is playing very well in Japan ATM and I’m sure Schmidt is taking notice. You would have to think that Schmidt will pick a 10 who can kick for goal, in general play and can distribute well enough. He will need someone solid who the rest of the team can rely on and work off. That would be...
  17. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I am not sure. Michael Hooper most likely even though he was not there. Certainly the blame does not fall at the players feet. It was EJs crazy party. Up until the year or so prior to the RWC Will Skelton was reluctant to play for the Wallabies and I am still not sure if his prominent provincial...
  18. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    A dismal RWC campaign. Let’s face it, he was a wild outside pick for captain and had not yet earned his stripes. Nothing has changed to enhance his selection since then.
  19. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I disagree. He was good in patches but he also failed miserably in the captaincy stakes. He should never have been put in that position, but still, he has been a reluctant Wallaby from very early on. Lets see what Schmidt does, but I would not be surprised if he goes for a new look in the second...
  20. Joe Blow

    Wallabies 2024

    I would say that it would be good to leave Skelton and Arnold out of it for this year. We have some good young locks coming through and also LSL (Lukhan Salakaia-Loto) back on deck. Let’s pick from those blokes and see how they go against Wales. Props more or less pick themselves with everyone fit. We have a few...
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