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Argentina v Australia II @ 5.10am 14/08

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John Eales (66)
Imagine how we would be placed if, for instance, the NZR had gotten away with Australia only having three teams in Super. It's a big enough mess with five teams.
 

KOB1987

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Maybe, maybe not. Who knows really. Surely it's not a good sign already having a plan B on the bench.
A fair bit of overthinking with this Simone selection for mine. I think the available backs not in the 15 are Hodge, Lolesio, Simone, Vunivalu and Campbell (Not including halfbacks). There are already 3 wingers on the pitch, Lolesio and Campbell cover one position each. Hodge is there to cover 10 and the back 3, Simone is there to cover the midfield....simples.

With regards to the hooker situation, and the injuries in general, something certainly has changed. It could be something like DCT suggests, I.e. a conservative approach leading into a RWC year that provides the added benefit of giving the A players test time justifiably. Who is the 5th prop over there, can he cover hooker as a plan E? Edit - just realised after reading above its Robbo.
 

KOB1987

Nick Farr-Jones (63)
Dunno, is there some Argentinian rugby player playing grade with an Aussie grandma?
I had a similar thought but from a different angle - big Aussie involvement in the agricultural sector in Argentina, so possibly some UNE or Sydney Uni graduate playing club rugby nearby. Meanwhile I suspect Robbo will spend the day throwing balls at goalposts.
 
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Rocky Elsom (76)
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Something not right. Its madness

Is it? Or are they just being super diligent with concussion protocols? Is this the new norm? What is it in Argentina? Two late pullouts for personal reasons and three with concussion? All seem pretty justified. Let’s not overthink it.
 

Viking

Mark Ella (57)
I'm assuming Connal McInerney is injured too, surprised he wasn't taken before Pollard, or even Lonergan. Given he's had previous time in the wallabies set-up.
 

Drew

Colin Windon (37)
Did you read how long it took Pollard to get there? No one’s getting there for game time now.
Robbo it is then. Let’s hope there’s not a game day prop and hooker incident. Left field suggestion, any Aussie hookers in MLR? I’m thinking worst case scenario, as luck isn’t on our side at the moment
 

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Bob Davidson (42)
Robbo it is then. Let’s hope there’s not a game day prop and hooker incident. Left field suggestion, any Aussie hookers in MLR? I’m thinking worst case scenario, as luck isn’t on our side at the moment

Abel at LA, but its the off season & all back playing club or in Abel's case NPC
 

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Bob Davidson (42)
I'm assuming Connal McInerney is injured too, surprised he wasn't taken before Pollard, or even Lonergan. Given he's had previous time in the wallabies set-up.

He hardly got a run at the brumbies this year & he only has 15 more min of international experience than Billy
 

Dctarget

Michael Lynagh (62)
obviously hope everyone’s okay with their injuries but it’s not the end of the world. Means we get to test depth in a no lose situation. If we get hammered, oh well our entire first XV was out, no one will care, move on. If we win, it’s a miracle, we’re incredible.
 

Joe Blow

Greg Davis (50)
Is it? Or are they just being super diligent with concussion protocols? Is this the new norm? What is it in Argentina? Two late pullouts for personal reasons and three with concussion? All seem pretty justified. Let’s not overthink it.
We have around 20 players unavailable. I cannot remember a similar situation in my time, which goes back a fair way. May be the protocols but it just seems to be the Wallabies and no one else?
 
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