I think they'll keep HH in cotton wool for Rio as he's already an influential part of the Sevens' side. Forget Kennewell - he's been crocked the whole season.
I'm not surprised that NSW got only two backs in the side and I thought even that Latinipulu was lucky; but Maddocks was good in a DHP way. To be fair they were pushing the proverbial uphill when they lost their first three flyhalves and best scrumhalf, and it showed wider out. But even before then they did not have the sparkle of the 2015 team.
The four best NSW forwards are in the side though prop Harry Johnson-Holmes couldn't have done more as a 2015 schoolie; but look for him in 2017. McCauley and Girdler from the Scots 1s XV last year are to be congratulated for being picked so young but they will be better in 2017—and I hope that Moore throws the ball straight into the lineout because he is a force of nature otherwise.
And talking about such forces it is great to see Victorian no 8 Robert Leota released to be in the team in his U19 year. And watch out for Robert Valentini later on - I asked one of the coaches about him and he said he was only 17 - but he is like a thrashing machine for the future. He played as a short lock in Sydney but will move from there later in his career.
The Rebels player who is unlucky is fullback Josh Coward who was dynamite in Sydney and if the selectors are worried about his size the Chiefs aren't worried about how big McKenzie is.
It is good to see Lukhan in there but I didn't see a lot of size and bruising play from Qld, NSW and the Rebels—skill, work rate, courage and diligence maybe, and a bit of toe, but not a lot of power play.
This will be noticeable playing against the usual suspects though England had a poor U20 6N as I recall.
And behind the pack I think they lack the class they had in parts in recent years
Geez Fox still has a roll of fat around his side and guts as he had as a schoolboy, but he keeps getting picked; so he can't be that bad.