That's why I have 100% faith in everything Richard Graham is doing over at the Reds.....
These infallible giants of cosmic wisdom are truly above reproach from us lowly simple internet dwellers.
Carter looks in line before Horwill. So he would've missed anyway.
i did a stat breakdown on Carters performance in Super Rugby before his injury, and Carter's form and performance was alarming at how poor it was compared to other Wallaby contenders.
Im completely baffled as to how Carter could be considered ahead of Horwill and Luke Jones..
If your opinion of Carter been ahead of Horwill is based off my comment about not seeing Horwill at the training session yesterday, then there could be variables in that. That could be just because Carter is based in Sydney training with the Country Eagles and Horwill is in Queensland with Brisbane City. I didn't see the other interstate based players like Higgers, Kerevi or Lealifano there either.
And there you have it.Everyone is surprised by Horwill's exclusion and Douglas' inclusion.
Horwill's issue in Cheika's eyes seems to be that he wasn't in his top two loose head locks in terms of calling the lineout etc. Simmons and Mumm were picked ahead of him here. He also didn't have the physicality and impact that Cheika wants from his tight head lock. Skelton and Douglas have been picked here.
Clearly Cheika is taking a risk that Douglas doesn't produce the sort of form at the RWC that would justify his inclusion. It's
Cheika'sARU's risk to take though.
The reasoning that Horwill isn't a better lineout operator than Simmo or Mumm, not a better grunt merchant than Skelton or Douglas ignores the fact that it seems that Mumm is Fardy's direct back up and the only case for McMahon coming to rest Hooper and/or Pocock v minnows. IMO not worth it to leave behind the form lock (esp. at set piece)
Rugby World Cup Squad Outrage Template (Australian Style)
Why are there more
than anyone else and not enough
X Overseas Players like Rocky Elsom in the squad.
Why is Skelton in the team?? Any fool could see that he is
◻︎ too old
X too small
◻︎ too inexperienced
◻︎ too big
◻︎ too risky
◻︎ a penalty magnet
◻︎ too slow
I would have chosen Liam Gill and Kerevi instead of Michael Hooper and Kuridrani on the basis that I am Marto.
I can’t believe that Ben Alexander
◻︎ has a Wallaby top up payment.
X hasn’t got a bigger Wallaby top up payment.