Greg Holmes puts in effort with no reward

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    As the deadline looms for places in the much anticipated Rugby World Cup 2011, I am perplexed as to why Robbie Deans appears to be even considering selecting Benn Robinson or even Salesi Ma’afu for the tournament.

    Clearly Robinson is injured, and Ma’afu even when fit is a questionable selection.

    Deans, who has often espoused the ‘reward for effort’ policy, has clearly overlooked Red’s journeyman Greg Holmes as a possible World Cup bolter.

    Holmes posesses what is needed to bolster the Australian scrum. Just ask Red’s messiah Ewen McKenzie who pulled Holmes aside prior to the Super Rugby Final and told him “This will be your finest hour.”

    As history shows Holmes scrummaged with nous and the mettle of a player who already has 13 Test caps and has played Super Rugby since 2005.

    The much-vaunted Crusaders scrum, who oddly enough make up most of the All Black scrum, were not the weapon they were previously allowed to be. Coincidence?

    What more impresses me about Holmes is the fact he goes about his business as a team man. He stuck by the Red’s when all else jumped ship, and gave praise to Reds past such as Sean Hardman, John Roe and Chris Latham when the title was won.

    Reconising the role of others in the victory shows Holmes has not forgotten he is part of a team; that he is willing to stick by his mates through thick and thin.

    This is the strength of charachter our pack needs is it not? Perhaps Greg Holmes’ finest hour is actually yet to come?

    However that would depend on the Wallaby brains trust actually rewarding players for their efforts.

    It defies logic that the tight head prop of the Super Rugby champions can’t get into the Wallaby squad, yet a bloke with a bung knee and another with questionable fitness and scrummaging technique can.

    Reward for effort? Not in my book.

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    • August 11th 2011 @ 6:35am
      johnny-boy said | August 11th 2011 @ 6:35am | ! Report

      Unc – there are quite a few Reds players who have busted their guts this year giving Australian rugby hope. And what do they get in return ?. Nothing. Shafted by the worst coach in Australian rugby history and not even Australian just to make it even more unpalatable. No wonder the other Reds players in the Wallabies aren’t happy. What has Elsom done this year to deserve his position ? Nothing. What has Maafu done ? Nothing. If you were trying to deliberately destroy team morale, Deans would be ideal guy to turn to. It’s a classic case of John O’Neill trying to be too smart by half thinking he had brilliantly poached NZ’s leading coach. Trouble is he turned out to be a complete dud. Now, unfortunately for Australian rugby, John ONeill and Robbie Deans are going to (actually they already have) sacrifice the Wallabies to protect their own egos being hurt. That sort of self interested arrogance is sickening and cowardly.

      • August 11th 2011 @ 8:30am
        Chris said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:30am | ! Report

        Worst coach in Australian rugby history?!? You do know the Wallabies are ranked second in the world and actually beat the All Blacks the game before last don’t you? Hardly the sign of the “worst coach in Australian rugby history”…

        • August 11th 2011 @ 8:58am
          formeropenside said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:58am | ! Report

          How many games before that win did they lose in a row? Losses to Samoa, Scotland, a Grand Sham, consistent EOYT losses to England, Wales and Ireland.

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            August 11th 2011 @ 9:01am
            Jiggles said | August 11th 2011 @ 9:01am | ! Report

            And a 53% success rate…

        • August 11th 2011 @ 6:33pm
          Whatty said | August 11th 2011 @ 6:33pm | ! Report

          Chris, Are you for real??

      • August 11th 2011 @ 10:47am
        guinness14 said | August 11th 2011 @ 10:47am | ! Report

        johnny-boy are you a happy person, because the only thing that comes out of your mouth is crap. Negative all the time. All you want is to put some one in the firing line, and to have an excuse if the Wallabies play badly. What your Wallabies need mate is your support 100% you moron, and I am an All Black supporter. Now show them your support.

    • August 11th 2011 @ 6:50am
      warrenexpatinnz said | August 11th 2011 @ 6:50am | ! Report

      Good point Uncle. How much input or is it how much faith has Deans put in his forward coaches to come up with the right soup mix?
      The improved performances over the past two tests of the Wallabies is pleasing and I hope it is a new benchmark/platform they are working from. Sunday morning shapes up to be a good test of the eight with Kepu my stand out as he has become very much like TPN, and in TPN’s absence this means the battering ram, the guy that makes 10-15m on a carry with nice recycling. I am looking forward to seeing these two work together with either a fit Palu or a rampaging Samo as it gives us the muscle and the power we lacked against the ABs in the first 30m.

    • August 11th 2011 @ 7:22am
      johnny-boy said | August 11th 2011 @ 7:22am | ! Report

      I should also add why on earth is Lachie Turner in instead of Rod Davies. Sure Davies had an ordinary game against Samoa but all he was handed were hospital passes in front of an enraged yeti. (no offence mr yeti – i love yetis truly)
      Lachie Turner would have to be the most innocuous winger in world rugby, or club rugby for that matter. Could Lachie Turner have scored that try Davies scored against the Crusaders on the end of Coopers bulllet pass ? Never in a million years. But Turner is another Deans pet that Deans is determined to ‘nurture’ in to something ‘respectable’. Do I sound mad as hell ?

      • August 11th 2011 @ 8:26am
        formeropenside said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:26am | ! Report

        No. I’d have loved to see how JOC went on that wing as originally named.

      • August 11th 2011 @ 8:23pm
        Ooaahh said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

        Davies isn’t test material.

    • August 11th 2011 @ 7:43am
      formeropenside said | August 11th 2011 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      I can see you’d give Benn Robbo every chance, as at his best he’s one of the best LHP’s going around. But Holmes should be there, AWH ahead of Timani for a real second rower who can run a lineout, and Ben Taps can count himself a little unlucky too.

      Deans makes poor selections as a rule, and if we win the RWC it will be despite him, not because of him.

      • August 11th 2011 @ 8:53am
        johnny-boy said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:53am | ! Report

        Fos good points re AHW – in fact why would you take a greenhorn like Timani from a losing team like the Tahs when you have a skilful experienced guy like AWH roaring to go. Taps is pretty young but it’s an interesting thought. It appears Cooper is needing a bit more support round him so a few mates to play with as he expresses so well might help. He’s obviously not getting it from Deans or Elsom. They are clearly not Coopers fun kind of guys. Link is no stand up comedian but I reckon his dry wit would be good for a ribbing or two. If you tried that with Deans and Elsom all you’d get would be a wtf blank stare. The only thing that is going to save the Wallabies at this rate is for them to ignore Deans and Elsom as much as possible and just do it for themselves, and Australia.

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      August 11th 2011 @ 8:40am
      Jiggles said | August 11th 2011 @ 8:40am | ! Report

      How does Cowan make into the squad to? I’m convinced Deans is a NZRU sleeper agent.

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        August 11th 2011 @ 9:56am
        Dasher said | August 11th 2011 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        Simple. Deans thought he was picking Jimmy Cowan.

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      August 11th 2011 @ 9:56am
      Dasher said | August 11th 2011 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Don’t forget Laurie Weeks.

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