Stirling Mortlock (74)
I don't understand this, if these players (in the squad) were going to miss out for someone outside the squad - wouldn't Eddie needed to have picked them firstly to rule them out???The players in the present aquad who are most at risk of missing the cut for France are those who haven't yet played a game or who have had very little game time.
So, Schoupp, Philip (maybe), M Hooper (is he even in the squad?), Gleeson, R Lonergan, Pietsch, Donaldson, Vunivalu and Perese might be most likely to miss out. I think three have to go to make the cut at 33 anyway, but that might mean another 6 are in severe doubt and could be replaced.
On the basis that Philip will make the squad and three halfbacks probably saves Lonergan, I'd think the following replacements would be under consideration :
Gibbon for Schoupp;
No replacement for M Hooper as there are sufficient Backrowers already;
Samu for Gleeson;
Foketi (unsure about his current status in the squad) for Perese;
Wright for Vunivalu;
O'Connor for Donaldson; and
Hodge or Flook for Pietsch.
Quite a few left fielders there still for Eddie to throw around.
Not saying I would pick all these guys, only a few but you're picking from the current squad and dropping a few. No one outside the current is making it.