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Wallabies 2023

Namerican

Bill Watson (15)
He provides a hell of a lot if you listen to those who have played, trained and even coached with him. I'll take their words over some random punters on a rugby forum.

This is all heresy at the moment regarding his non involvement with Aus A. From what we know he may have been told he wasn't needed for Aus A. Only he and Eddie know. All we know is a line that Eddie dropped at a press conference saying he hadn't answered his call after finding out in the media he had not been selected for the RWC. Sounds pretty immature from that one line for sure however who knows what happened before that or since that. It's also pretty likely his employer in Japan didn't want him playing for Aus A after losing him for the majority of '23 to an injury suffered playing intls last year. My point is who actually knows.

For this world cup give me him over Donaldson any day of the week. I honestly can't understand anyone who thinks Donaldson is the right selection for a World Cup in a matter of weeks over QC (Quade Cooper) (Quade Cooper). Donaldson currently provides nothing over QC (Quade Cooper) (Quade Cooper) which leads me to think it's a personal/personality issue between Eddie and him. Something must be going on in the background and we don't know who is at "fault".

We will probably find out in a podcast or a book in coming years what the story actually is.

And I am not a long term QC (Quade Cooper) (Quade Cooper) fan at all. Quite the opposite actually. Only after the past couple of years have I seen any value of him for the Wallabies.

Eddie obviously went with an out with the old in with the new philosophy, wherever humanly possible. He turfed Holloway, Fainga'a, M.Hooper (injury so perhaps not), Wright, Foley, Hodge, Quade. Some of that might be personal preference in terms of player attributes, but taken together it was obviously with the intent of going younger and likely also a "culture change." Rightly or wrongly. I have my opinion, but I doubt Eddie cares!
 

Brumby Runner

David Wilson (68)
Not enough data. Not much happened his way. Didn't do anything horrible, didn't do anything great.
His first kick wasn't particularly horrible, went almost 40m, but the French scored directly from it. More to do with poor team defence, but the kick should have found touch.
 

Brumby Runner

David Wilson (68)
Eddie obviously went with an out with the old in with the new philosophy, wherever humanly possible. He turfed Holloway, Fainga'a, M.Hooper (injury so perhaps not), Wright, Foley, Hodge, Quade. Some of that might be personal preference in terms of player attributes, but taken together it was obviously with the intent of going younger and likely also a "culture change." Rightly or wrongly. I have my opinion, but I doubt Eddie cares!
Hmm... Tom Wright born July 1997, Andrew Kellaway born October 1995.
 

GTPIH

Ted Thorn (20)
Apologies if someone has mentioned this earlier, but in his interview with Fitz on Sunday Eddie had this to say re out with the old in with the new

"It is an interesting process, taking over a team, because you’ve either got to decide that you build on what’s there, or you destroy what’s been made. And you’ve got to make an appraisal. And I tried initially to build on what was there, and I just felt this isn’t going to work."

"We’ve basically gutted the team. We’ve brought through a new group. You can see so many younger players: 26 of the 33 in the squad have played less than 10 Tests. But there’s an ambition about them. And we’re going to play a more raw style of rugby, much less organised, much less coach-led and much more player-led."
 

rodha

Dave Cowper (27)
Eddie obviously went with an out with the old in with the new philosophy, wherever humanly possible. He turfed Holloway, Fainga'a, M.Hooper (injury so perhaps not), Wright, Foley, Hodge, Quade. Some of that might be personal preference in terms of player attributes, but taken together it was obviously with the intent of going younger and likely also a "culture change." Rightly or wrongly. I have my opinion, but I doubt Eddie cares!
Eddie knows how to both bear a grudge and to be vindictive. He and Robbie are not too dissimilar, they are both ruled by their heart - which is a character trait you really really don't want in a head coach. Their Feelings over the Facts. Robbie dropped the best available flyhalf in the country on the eve of the all important 2013 Series due to vengeful spite and 10 years later history has repeated itself. Eddie and Robbie certainly know how to hold a grudge, I suppose that's what happens when you are a bitter twisted boomer.
 
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qwerty51

Stirling Mortlock (74)
Eddie knows how to both bear a grudge and to be vindictive. He and Robbie are not too dissimilar, they are both ruled by their heart - which is a character trait you really really don't want in a head coach. Their Feelings over the Facts. Robbie dropped the best available flyhalf in the country on the eve of the all important 2013 Series due to vengeful spite and 10 years later history has repeated itself. Eddie and Robbie certainly know how to hold a grudge, I suppose that's what happens when you are a bitter twisted boomer.
Why are you replying to a quote attributed to me that I didn't write (I think you wrote it?) at all? This is weird.
 

KOB1987

Rod McCall (65)
Apologies if someone has mentioned this earlier, but in his interview with Fitz on Sunday Eddie had this to say re out with the old in with the new

"It is an interesting process, taking over a team, because you’ve either got to decide that you build on what’s there, or you destroy what’s been made. And you’ve got to make an appraisal. And I tried initially to build on what was there, and I just felt this isn’t going to work."

"We’ve basically gutted the team. We’ve brought through a new group. You can see so many younger players: 26 of the 33 in the squad have played less than 10 Tests. But there’s an ambition about them. And we’re going to play a more raw style of rugby, much less organised, much less coach-led and much more player-led."
It's an interesting perspective, because in 2002 he inherited Macqueen's world beaters, and in 2016 he inherited that pommy rabble and threw everything including the bathwater out, and had success with both. In Japan, he inherited nothing, just built it, also successful. If you believe the above he thinks the 2016 approach will yield superior results to the 2002 one - which isn't really surprising given their respective records. I'm on the fence.
 

qwerty51

Stirling Mortlock (74)
I don't think he changed much from 2015 -> 2016

Here's the side v Australia in 2015 (there was a match v Uruguay after but I won't count that as it's not a full strength side intended side)


Here's the team for his first match in charge v Scotland in 2016


The most obvious thing is starting Ford and getting rid of a the "bash it up" 12 and moving to dual playmakers.
Vunipola got injured before that Aus match. He brought back Haskell which is hardly a clean slate type of move. Wood got selected later in the year.

The only players who seemingly Eddie ditched were Morgan and Parling, Morgan probably could've been selected but again was only there due to Billy's injury - Parling fell off, backend of career.

He didn't change much at all, certainly nothing the magnitude of leaving out Hooper, Quade and Foley.
 

Hawko

Tony Shaw (54)
Like any good coach, Eddie will have a plan on how he wants selection to go over the tournament. Like any war, plans have to change as soon as contact with the enemy occurs, but making the plan informs your strategy and individual tactics, training intensity day to day, injury rehab etc.
Here's my guess at what Eddie will do based on his overall reads on players so far:


Position​
vs Georgia​
vs Fiji​
vs Wales​
vs Portugal​
Team for the finals​
5:3​
6:2​
6:2​
5:3​
6:2​
Loose headBellBellBellSlipperBell
HookerPoreckiPoreckiPoreckiFaesslerPorecki
Tight headTupouTupouTupouFa'amausiliTupou
LockFrostArnoldFrostPhilipFrost
LockSkeltonSkeltonSkeltonArnoldSkelton
BlindsideLeotaHooperHooperLeotaHooper
Open sideMcReightMcReightMcReightKemenyMcReight
Number EightValetiniValetiniValetiniGleesonValetini
Finishing hookerUeleseFaesslerFaesslerUeleseFaessler
Finishing loose headSlipperSlipperSlipperSchoupSlipper
Finishing tight headFa'amausiliFa'amausiliFa'amusiliNonggorrFa'amausili
Finishing lockArnoldFrostArnoldArnoldArnold
Finishing lock/backrowLeotaLeotaFrostLeota
Finishing backrowGleesonGleesonGleesonGleeson
HalfWhiteMcDermottMcDermottFines-LeleiwasaMcDermott
Five-eighthGordonGordonGordonDonaldsonGordon
Blind wingerKorobeiteKorobeiteKorobeiteVunivaluKorobeite
Inside centreFoketiKereviKereviFoketiKerevi
Outside centrePetaiaPetaiaPetaiaPerese/IkitauIkitau
Outside wingVunivaluNawaqanitawaseNawaqanitawaseNawaqanitawaseNawaqanitawase
FullbackKellawayKellawayKellawayJorgensenKellaway
Finishing halfbackMcDermottWhiteWhiteWhiteWhite
Finishing backsKerevi/DonaldsonDonaldsonDonaldsonIkitau/PetaiaPetaia

I think using 6:2 in the important games allows us to shore up our deficiencies, which are likely to be in the forwards. Injury disasters are more easily fixed by shuffling the backs.

I am assuming we will lose one player over the tournament. Ikitau should be the automatic replacement unless we have to replace Gordon, in which case it has to be Foley. My reason for saying that is that Ikitau is one of the automatic picks in the team if fit. In another three weeks he should be good to go. In the finals, that leaves Petaia as supersub - he would go to fullback and Kellaway to five-eighth in case Gordon gets an in-game knock.
 
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Namerican

Bill Watson (15)
Absolutely - but brumbyrunner was responding to a claim that it was out with the old, in with the new.

Wright was pretty new lol
I don't think it was let's turf anyone, that's crazy, but more so when in doubt err on the side of a new option. Most of the guys kicked aside weren't surefire starters last season when the entire squad was healthy.

Leaving out a healthy Kellaway, Koro, Thor, Valetini, Ikitau is unthinkable. They are the best players.
 

Namerican

Bill Watson (15)
I think Eddie's approach is mental right before a RWC. Make the most drastic changes after. You can still bring in young players without throwing them immediately into positions as starters.

And I don't buy the reasoning that "they won't win anyways who cares." You should always put your best foot forward in a RWC. Not caring shouldn't be an option.
 

Namerican

Bill Watson (15)
Paisami was playing against Portugal, Foketi was playing against France.

I agree it wasn't Foketi's best game and he did look a little lost but that's probably a function of not getting any game time since Super Rugby and having to learn Eddie's game plan with a bunch of players he's never played with before. He had a pretty good season with the Tahs - there is a discussion going on in the game thread about small sample sizes, this would fall into that category.
Paisami was playing against Portugal, Foketi was playing against France.

I agree it wasn't Foketi's best game and he did look a little lost but that's probably a function of not getting any game time since Super Rugby and having to learn Eddie's game plan with a bunch of players he's never played with before. He had a pretty good season with the Tahs - there is a discussion going on in the game thread about small sample sizes, this would fall into that category.
IMO it is madness that your 9,10,12 pairing has a combined 30ish caps.

And most of those are Tate. Who's going to organize the defense? Vunivalu? Nawaqanitawase? Kellaway at 15, where he doesn't have a ton of experience? Same for Petiaia.

I'd be shocked if Foketi didn't look a little bit lost. Most of the backline looked dazed and confused. Not a knock on them, they are a highly inexperienced group at this level. As were the starting flankers you'd expect to be the next widest players on defense.
 
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