Dick Tooth (41)
A losing bonus point would be acceptable in this given our dire record in BNZ. That said we've yet to beat a top side away from home under Cheika and it would be a massive boost going into finals to get that off the back.
I'm concerned about Chris Pollock for this one.
You think he wants to keep Crawford?Not a bad Tahs bench either, two Wallabies and two future Wallabies. Cheika's got to give Crawford a sniff of an opportunity or we'll lose him. With Horne on the paddock and Carraro on the bench surely the centres're are covered for spares. I really like Cam's size and his monster boot.
You think he wants to keep Crawford?
Seems to me he put a line through his name early this year.
Ben V also seems to be right out of favour as well.
Maybe he is willing to punt on Kellaway and/or Harry Jones in the future?
Crawford did not set the world alight in the Next Gen series of games,and if you were within 100 metres from the sheds after one game you would have heard the unflattering critique of his game.I don't think this is quite right. Crawford was very slow coming back from injury, which enabled others to get ahead of him in the pecking order. He also came out of nowhere last year, so it's not surprising to have him backslide a bit, especially after an injury. Carraro offers a much-needed level head to close out games -- rarely does he make an avoidable error. Volavola is a project.
My view is that the selections so far speak to the strength of the backs in the squad, and are not a reflection on Crawford or Volavola as such.