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Wallabies 2023

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
We might be a snowballs chance in hell but there is no way I want us to go into this World Cup with any other thought then we are picking the best team we can to win now. The British Lions & 27 World Cup come later.
 

KOB1987

Rod McCall (65)
Donaldson could be a case study in failing upwards.
I know you don't rate him but he is clearly talented. He's from rare crop of playmakers all the same age, being Harrison, Lolesio and himself, between that and the Tahs also having Edmed at their disposal he doesn't know whether he is Arthur or Martha when it comes to what position he should play, which has no doubt hindered his development. In that U20s team Harrison was the 10, Lolesio 12 and Donaldson 15, and there was another talented fella kicking around as well who's name escapes me. They were all 10s but they had to play two of them out of position to get them all on the field at the same time.

That's not a reason to pick him for this RWC, but with Lolesio being cooked and Harrison always injured, I can see why they want to invest a bit of time into him.
 
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whitefalcon

Bob Loudon (25)
My controversial opinion is that we aren't gaining much, if anything, by having QC (Quade Cooper) (Quade Cooper) on the bench and possibly even in the squad. He looks old and a bit shit.
Quade of 2023 after his injury isn't Quade of 2022 and before but I think he needs to be there as the reserve 10 and almost a player-coach. He seems to have an impact on the younger guys and is an excellent leader.

If Gordon is injured then we're looking pretty poor
 

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
I seem to recall reading on here that they both played club for Randwick and one of them played 15 there. My recollection was that it was generally Harrison who played 15 - but I assume someone here will be able to confirm if any/all of that is correct.
 

Tomthumb

Colin Windon (37)
We might be a snowballs chance in hell but there is no way I want us to go into this World Cup with any other thought then we are picking the best team we can to win now. The British Lions & 27 World Cup come later.
That’s the question though, is Quade even apart of the best team?
 

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
A earlier post suggested we should select for the future. Well - that was how I took it at least.

In any case, I think he is part of our best squad of 33. The other options are Donaldson, Foley, Lolesio and maybe Hodge. I’d prefer him to all of those.
 

Doritos Day

Tom Lawton (22)
We might be a snowballs chance in hell but there is no way I want us to go into this World Cup with any other thought then we are picking the best team we can to win now. The British Lions & 27 World Cup come later.
Some of the Donaldson posts are hitting fever dream areas... plenty of time for 'building experience' in a July series against Wales... not the WC lmfao
 

KOB1987

Rod McCall (65)
Quade of 2023 after his injury isn't Quade of 2022 and before but I think he needs to be there as the reserve 10 and almost a player-coach. He seems to have an impact on the younger guys and is an excellent leader.

If Gordon is injured then we're looking pretty poor
A earlier post suggested we should select for the future. Well - that was how I took it at least.

In any case, I think he is part of our best squad of 33. The other options are Donaldson, Foley, Lolesio and maybe Hodge. I’d prefer him to all of those.
Yeah look I dont mind him being in the squad, realistically it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other, and I'm sure he is a good influence. I am convinced that Quade needs Kerevi doing shit to be effective though. A few weeks ago everyone thought it would be a good idea to give Gordon some game time off the bench. Point being it's hard to predict what might happen. Stephen Donald in 2011 being a case in point.
 

Silverado

Dick Tooth (41)
That's who I was thinking of. Donaldson definitely played some minutes at 15 though.
Harrison and Donalson shared the 10/15 position in the JWC. Harrison got the nod at 10 at Lucasc15 in the pointy end but yes, both played 15 at times. They did the same when both playing for Randwick
 
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Eyes and Ears

Bob Davidson (42)
You'd keep QC (Quade Cooper) (Quade Cooper) there for now, but from next year move on. The flyhalves running around in Asutralian Super Rugby teams will be Gordon (who will be the man in possession of the gold 10 jersey), Lolesio, Edmed, Lynagh, Donaldson, Burey and Pasitoa which is an acceptable position to be in a post RWC year.
and Bowen will likely get a run too.
 

cyclopath

George Smith (75)
Staff member
Some of the Donaldson posts are hitting fever dream areas... plenty of time for 'building experience' in a July series against Wales... not the WC lmfao
He is well up for discussion, given Eddie has him in the squad, for now. Even if it seems most posters are scratching their heads as to why.
Can't see any feverish posts about him though.
 

RebelYell

Arch Winning (36)
Was thinking about our age profile and it made me think of what a 25-or-younger 33 man squad would look like - based on what we've seen of them so far. Plenty of green shoots but as always the challenge is, how do we keep them and how do we coach them well enough to get 20-30% better across the board?

Front Row (9): Angus Bell, Blake Schoupp, Zane Nonggorr, Rhys Van Nek, Cabous Eloff, Tom Lambert, Matt Faessler, Lachlan Lonergan, Billy Pollard
Second Row (4): Nick Frost, Angus Blyth, Josh Canham, Trevor Hosea
Back Row (6): Rob Valetini, Rory Scott, Fraser McReight, Tom Hooper, Harry Wilson, Langi Gleeson
Scrumhalves (2): Tate McDermott, Ryan Lonergan
Flyhalves (3): Carter Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Reesjan Pasitoa
Centres (4): Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Len Ikitau, Joey Walton
Outside Backs (4): Mark Nawaqanitawase, Josh Flook, Max Jorgensen, Corey Toole, Joseph Sua'alii

Doesn't include any of the 2023 Junior Wallaby crop either.
 
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