That seems logical, also with Gleeson at 8The Gordon selection might have a bit to do with Donaldson being at 10.
I think Campbell not at 15 is cooked. Not taking a shot at Wright here at all, but you have a fullback and a winger - let them play fullback and wing. FFS. I get there’s lots of changes now due to the huge amount of injuries, but this one just feels totally unnecessary.
That team does look bad, who are we kidding. Not too different from the one that lost to Italy.
Wales are gonna pump us, we’re going to watch Hodge drop 3 passes minimum. Maybe give away a YC high tackle.
Skelton, Tupou & Paisami are losses. Gibbon & Swain aren’t there. The rest is just rearrangement. I’d argue that this team is worse.Interesting comment. I'm counting nine (9) - yes that is 9 - changes in the starting 15 to the Italy game.
The reality is that we are used to the likely selections and the likely pecking order, so that Rennie's selections are generally not hard to predict reasonable. This squad was as likely as the Italy squad (given the outrageously unacceptable decision to select a 2nd 15 for Italy). Both teams are on their haunches in terms of selections. Italy due to management, Wales due to injury.
The team for Wales looks fine, pretty much as solid as it gets under the circumstances. Like others I'd have taken more importance around discipline but we all know that Rennie has chosen to manage disciple with harsh words, not action.
But Donaldson doesnt play 10 for the TahsThe Gordon selection might have a bit to do with Donaldson being at 10.
I'm not quite sure how you've come to that conclusion.Guess this team will be make or break for Ben Darwin's cohesive formula. It'd be close to the most "cohesive" team the Wallabies have put together in recent years?
Derps, Rennie may well feel Lolesio is the better 10 but starting Donalson is not bad and the bench is going to be pretty strong and we may need it to be.Man you gotta feel for Lolesio.
I suspect it is only Tate's passing that holds him back. He is the future and could well be the starting 9 at the RWC.Agreed. I'd love to know why he picks Gordon over Tate because I can't begin to understand it.
I can only guess that Gordon is better at implementing whatever Rennie is asking for and maybe Tate goes off script or something.
To the casual fan (me) it looks like Tate is the better player now and has far more potential than Gordon.
I like that he’s made a big call. Lolesio isn’t gonna get us to RWC semisIt's pretty clear that Rennie really doesn't rate McDermott. Gordon hasn't been good and he's still being picked ahead of McDermott. I doubt the final penalty last week would have counted for much. 3 or 4 backs ran into that maul and did exactly the same thing as Gordon swimming past the ball carrier. It happens almost every maul where others join late and this time it was penalised. The yellow card the week before far more matched the discipline question.
Lolesio's organisation of the backline has been pretty non-existent. We generally rely on White for that but I think it's the primary reason he's now on the outer. He's had a bunch of chances and I think it has become pretty clear that Rennie invested the time in the wrong person. It's still pretty surprising that Rennie has opted for a rookie to start though.