Michael Lynagh (62)
Interetsing comment Phil, and one seems Goldy Wilson agrees with, on Breakdown last night Mils Muliana made comment that this Wallaby team had class players that just needed to get it right (or along those lines), when they cut back to Goldy he just said "NO, they are not a class team"., I played against classy Wallaby teams and this is not anywhere near that. He wasn't being disrespectful by any means, just seemed to feel it was time to be honest. Must admit made me have a little think, he could be right, and we have been watching the decline of Wallabies over the last few years, and when you actually put them against the teams of late 90s through to 2010 (rough era) the gap really is huge. He has played (and got well beaten ) by some of those teams, and is still mates with a lot of them, so I got impression he perhaps thinking it an insult to them.Bullrush - I agree with the comments regarding going to the next level etc but I think it’s more the fact that these blokes simply are never going to be as good as many hope.
You mentioned around 10 blokes who’ve played in the last few years who ‘didn’t keep going‘ but let’s be serious, there is no chance the team was going to have a bunch of generational players come through one after the other, the talent pool for rugby isn’t that deep in Australia. It’s not so much about giving up once they get to gold, it’s more that they’ve reached their peak.