Rod McCall (65)
I agree that Cheika will try out the hooper/pocock combo in this game. It's the ideal game for it and if it doesn't work we will know not to do it again.Honestly I think we should cease RWC discussion and focus on the team for the first Test vs SA on July 18.
A lot of the discussions and questions over players will be answered during the TRC.
The Super Rugby final is July 4th which is 2 weeks before the first match so a slight possibility Cheika may give a rest to those who find themselves in the final.
If Cheika is looking at Giteau & Mitchell for the RWC this is surely their first test to see if they're still up for it. Also this would be the time to test a Hooper/Pocock combo.
This would be my preliminary 23 for the match at Suncorp. I've specifically gone with two opensides because last time we played the Boks at Suncorp they killed us at the breakdown with their pilfering - let's take it to them there and what better time to experiment if it'll work or not. The Saffer team is closer to Wales/Eng than NZ. Holmes gets the start ahead of Kepu to see if he's up to Test standard and Kepu will need to managed this year + Suncorp factor.
Someone start the thread..
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