Reckon that decision bit us in the arse in the extra time loss. Pop gun clearing kick from Rogers into touch. Lineout, few mauls, then a drop goal if I recall.Then again in 2003 he never made it is own with Rogers ending up the first choice for the RWC.
2 years ago I had the view banks is just not test material and unlikely to ever be…to his credit he has continued to improve…hence less agitation from me for him to be dropped but yes still not convinced he is long term answer yet. I think yes let’s see what others can offer in his absence - if anything to build depth. As despite all the success building depth in other positions depth at fullback is one area yet to build depth. Whilst banks injury unfortunate and may he have a speedy recovery - use this as an opportunity to solve this depth problem.this is true, he is serviceable in the absence of any worthy alternative. I’d hope other players have a higher ceiling then what he is currently demonstrating though
wonder what our 3rd strings would be from the squadOne under-rated factor this season has been the distinct lack of serious injuries, JOC aside. Wonder if that correlates with better fitness, or a change in management approach? Or it could be just blind luck.
Hard to believe that the below backline is now our second string:
9. Tate McDermott
11. Jordan Petaia
12. Matt Toomua
13. Hunter Paisami
14. Filipo Daugunu
15. Reece Hodge
Still very light on Fullbacks. We need to transition one of Petaia, Kellaway or Tom Wright to the back.We don't know what we miss till it's gone, Maybe Mac Grealy will win the battle for the Red's fullback next year and come into contention. We have Jesse Mogg in Canberra again, and lets see how he goes maybe he might knock Banks out of Fullback. Donaldson at the Tahs... One of the Force boys don't really know who will be there fullback. I don't think there's a single other player in the squad who's full time fullback at there club..
So Louis Lynagh has apparently been named by Eddie Jones in England’s 45 man squad for a training camp next week
Haven’t watched him play. How does he rate compared to our emerging talents? Been watching Gordon / Harrison with interest but not lynagh.Yeah he was always going to get a call up with the way he ended last season & then his start on the weekend, ball is in RA court now must make a move & get him to make a choice