Putting the boot in when I am down BR. Sounds about right. I agreed with someone else that Petaias best position was 13 in my only post mentioning him on this thread. Doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that a Brumby is currently playing 13?JB you are just like a broken record about Jordan. Repetitious and a little annoying. Give it a rest until he can string a few games together, please.
Ireland up there tooI don’t think we are a top 5 team.
NZL, ENG, SAF and FRA are the top four teams (in whatever order). We aren’t on their level. We’re battling with Ireland et al for 5th.
Given the state of the game in the country that’s about right. In fact given most of our history in the game, other than a couple of high outliers, that’s about where we’ve always been.
Yes Ireland has same situation and with about 1/5th our population. Just saying there are other reasons why we are not a top 5 rugby nation as rugby administration/ politics always been a basket case that held us back. Too many own goals that helped other footy codes flourish.I think some people's idea of our 'rightful place' in world rugby is coloured by there age. The McQueen/Eales era between 1998 and 2002 is unquestionably the greatest era for Australian rugby ever.
The reality is the Bledisloe has been contested around 60 times, we have won 11, five of those between 1998 and 2002. At one point we didn't win it for 30 years, between 1949 and 1979! We historically have only ranked about number 5 in the world, which isn't surprising when you consider we have two competing football codes that are far more popular.
I have a feeling we're going to move back to a reduced model until the world cup year, where selection will be much more open. Kerevi is probably the only returning player who slotted in quickly, everyone else took weeks with the squad and/or in matches to really have an impact.
By my count the Wallabies incurred 2 red cards and 8 yellow cards across 14 tests this year.
That is simply too many and our discipline has to improve.