I like that Swing, pretty reasonable for me. Guess caveat over Vunivalu but everything else is good.As I said above time has come to pick and stick, injuries aside, I’d go Lolesio at 10, I think more upside and another dozen tests will benefit him, Paisami at 12, until and if Kerevi returns, Ikitau 13, koroibete and Vunivalu on the wings and Kellaway at Fullback. Hodge on the bench + JOC (James O'Connor) (James O'Connor) if they go 5/3
You sound like an expert Tom?That's a nice theory, but that isn't what Rennie was doing. He dropped Lolesio to the bench for Reece Hodge, and then out of the 23 when O'Connor started. And he was left out of the 23 for all the tests Quade started last year even after leading them to a test series vs France. And now even after O'Connor might have played the worse game of his life vs England, he still gets picked and Noah isn't in the 23. You don't bring a young guy along by killing his confidence
With the way Rennie is treating the kid he may never reach his ceiling unfortunately
Why wouldn't Rennie start O'Connor vs South Africa? If he thinks O'Connor is the best, stick with him
well he cant be worse than either Petaia, who has great athleticism, but not much of a rugby brain imo, or Wright who is not a test footballer. If we had a fullback then i'd have Kellaway on the wing.Only problem with that is that Vunivalu has only played a cracking ‘2’ solid minutes of Test footy!
He is our most successful candidate but it doesn’t solve the issue moving forward. At least we will have Paisami back at 12 you would think which makes playing Hodge or Lolesio more palatable from a creative viewpoint. Should be interestingJust bosh Hodge in there and play 10 man footy. Don't think we are capable of much else.
The blind faith in Rennie is puzzling but I hope you're rightYou sound like an expert Tom?
I would guess that Rennie was not happy with the way Lolesio played in the second two England tests. Who knows why but surely DR (Dave Rennie) does. He strikes me as a level headed coach who has been successful in building a team. He knows the ingredients he needs.
I’m also guessing that hes not pleased with the way JOC (James O'Connor) (James O'Connor) played on the weekend but he was behind a retreating pack. He may get another run, who knows?
DR (Dave Rennie) knows and we will know soon enough
I doubt another coach would achieve much different even if they were significantly better than Rennie. Only so much you can achieve with the cattle we have.The blind faith in Rennie is puzzling but I hope you're right
Dont know why O'Connor gets the excuse of his pack strugging and Noah doesnt? England smashed us upfront
Either way, I hope you are right in believing in Rennie
That would work and we could have a bigger body in that channel and attempt to play in their quarter.Instead of Hodge being on the bench and coming on to plug a gap late in the game I’d start him at 5/8, play a disciplined game plan in the 1st half and bring Lolesio/O’Connor/Foley on in the 2nd half to play a more expansive style and shift Hodge to the gap that needs filling.
We keep being told a succesful Wallabies is the key to rescuing Australian rugby but all the evidence is that this is back to front.
I'm not advocating picking Foley, but I can see the argument, given the issues I mentioned above.Grim is picking Foley ahead of players waiting in the wings…
Didn't know Leota was out with a skin infection, interesting.The returns of Angus Bell (foot), Dave Porecki (concussion), Hunter Paisami (concussion), Scott Sio (shoulder), Folau Fainga’a (concussion), Andrew Kellaway (hamstring), Allan Ala’alatoa (personal reasons) and Rob Leota, who wasn’t considered for San Juan due to a skin infection.
Still think Jed is basically out of position at 6.Didn't know Leota was out with a skin infection, interesting.
After Leota/Leota/Wilson/Holloway/Holloway, what are our thoughts?
IMincrediblybiasedO Jed hasn't set the world alight nor done more than Leota.