The Ben Darwin analysis about cohesion makes me skeptical on how much benefit signing overseas based players will have
Have to find the right combos to cohese....is that a word? Since when has Mcdermott and Lolesio been a combo, but they have been persisting even though White is there whilst they wait for JOC (James O'Connor) to join his buddy.
Darwin is about specific axis where that combo needs to be. It's not just more reds, or more brumbies. It's positional.
Our halves are the only place where we could realistic combos coming out of Super Rugby. Everywhere else, that cohesion will have to be built throughout the wallabies.
Paisami/Petaia would be the only chance out of the 5 teams so be a wallaby centre combo and the jury is still out on that one.
Not a single back 3 unit could do it.
Only the Brumbies front row and Fainga'a as the best hooker is questionable
No 2nd row combo would be test level.
Tahs backrow would come closest but Vosayaco is doubtful to ever be picked over Wilson or Valetini.
Happy to use the south african and nz lock pairings as example of this. Long time test combos with high success but 0 provincial partnerships.
Let's get the best players available, make combos, then let combos build partnerships over the 12-20 or whatever tests that remain between now and WC. If they can be doing Super Rugby together aswell, that's a bonus.