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    On the second of June the Wallabies will take on Scotland in their first international match of the year at Newcastle. It will be a chance for the Wallabies to avenge their 9-8 loss to the Scots at Murrayfield in 2009.

    Also, it will be a chance for Robbie Deans and his new coaching team to broaden their horizons in terms of selection, with many selection headaches.

    Poor form, injuries, new kids on the block, and a resurgence from others, will all cause Robbie Deans to think very carefully about who to expose to international rugby this year.

    The match against the Scots, primarily, has been forecast by Roarers and other media as a chance to see new blood, while the squad for the Wales games should be Australia’s best possible.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing an inexperienced squad against the Scots.

    We all saw what happened against Samoa last year when we underestimated the opposition and were totally embarrassed.

    Out of that squad, only Pat McCabe received promotion, and although he played admirably, he lacked the x-factor to help bring home the William Web Ellis trophy.

    The squad against Samoa devalued the Wallabies jersey and disrespected Samoa. The same must not happen again against Scotland. That said, the World Cup is a long way away, and it will be a good opportunity for a few new kids on the block to be exposed.

    If Australia wants to give more players international exposure, an Australia A team should play more often, but that story is for another day.

    This poll can be for a few squads. One for the Scotland test, one for the three Wales tests, a best team overall (one that could play in the Tri-Nations this year, meaning injured players can be picked) and an Australia A team.

    You don’t have to have a team for each category, just whichever ones you like. You can create whatever team you like, with players out of position, players out of left field or players who I haven’t included below.

    Simply leave a comment with your respective team or teams in the comment section below.

    I have created a (not-so) shortlist below of 82 players. Bear in mind that James O’Connor is out for the Scotland Test and at least one Wales test, Quade Cooper is expected to miss at least the Scotland Test, and Ben Tapuai, Lachie Turner, Drew Mitchell, Matt Toomua, Dan Vickerman and Jono Lance will miss all the Tests.

    Props: Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, James Slipper, Dan Palmer, Ben Alexander, Pek Cowan, Salesi Ma’afu, Rodney Blake, Paddy Ryan.

    Hookers: Tatafu Palotu-Nau, Stephen Moore, James Hanson, Saia Fainga’a, Nathan Charles.

    Locks: Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Dan Vickerman, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Nathan Sharpe, Luke Jones, Hugh Pyle, Sam Wykes, Toby Lynn.

    Blindside flanker: Rocky Elsom, Lopeti Timani, Dave Dennis, Scott Higginbotham, Ben Mowen, Matt Hodgson, Jarrod Saffy.

    Openside flanker: Chris Alcock, Liam Gill, Beau Robinson, David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Michael Lipman.

    Number 8: Radike Samo, Jake Schatz, Wycliff Palu, Fotu Auelua, Ita Vaea, Ben McCalman.

    Scrumhalf: Will Genia, Brendan McKibbon, Nic White, Nick Phipps, Richard Kingi, Nick Frisby.

    Flyhalf: Berrick Barnes, Quade Cooper, Christian Lealifano, James O’Connor, Matt Toomua.

    Inside centre: Pat McCabe, Ben Tapuai, Mike Harris, Tom Carter, Jono Lance.

    Outside centre: Andrew Smith, Anthony Fainga’a, Nick Cummins, Rory Sidey, Mitch Inman, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Tevita Kuridrani, Lloyd Johansson, Stirling Mortlock.

    Wing: Joe Tomane, Henry Speight, Digby Ioane, Luke Morahan, Dom Shipperley, Alfie Mafi, Cooper Vuna, Tom Kingston, Mark Gerrard, Lachie Turner, Drew Mitchell.

    Fullback: Kurtley Beale, Jesse Mogg, David Harvey, Bernard Foley.

    This is simply a poll, so negative comments aren’t needed. The team will be published once all votes are in. Select away Roarers!

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    The Crowd Says (77)

    • April 30th 2012 @ 6:02am
      Ben S said | April 30th 2012 @ 6:02am | ! Report

      Michael Lipman gained 10 caps for England, Adam.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 6:52am
      gormon Kinchley said | April 30th 2012 @ 6:52am | ! Report

      out of interest mate, who do you think should make the team to play Scotland?

      • Roar Pro

        April 30th 2012 @ 9:22am
        Adam-15 said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:22am | ! Report

        It’s a difficult choice really

        1. Benn Robinson
        2. Moore
        3. Palmer
        4. Horwill
        5. Sharpe
        6. Higginbotham
        7. Pocock
        8. Palu
        9. Genia
        10. Lealifano
        11. Shipperley
        12. Barnes
        13. Nic Cummins
        14. Gerrard
        15. Beale

        16. Charles
        17. Alexander
        18. Sitaleki Timani
        19. Dennis
        20. Gill
        21. Nic White
        22. Tomane

    • April 30th 2012 @ 7:29am
      Uncle Eric said | April 30th 2012 @ 7:29am | ! Report

      Yeah Lloyd Johanssen and Tom Carter in the centres, dream combination!!

      • April 30th 2012 @ 9:23am
        Pillock said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        Carter won’t get the gig until he learns to tackle.

        • April 30th 2012 @ 9:27am
          Maughan said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          And play rugby.

          • Roar Pro

            April 30th 2012 @ 9:31am
            Adam-15 said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:31am | ! Report

            i’d never have him. Only written there just in case some wombat roarer has a brain explosion

        • April 30th 2012 @ 9:54am
          Justin said | April 30th 2012 @ 9:54am | ! Report

          And cover 10 metres in less than 5 seconds 😉

          • May 1st 2012 @ 6:38am
            Uncle Eric said | May 1st 2012 @ 6:38am | ! Report

            Come on fellas, said (typed) with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek!! I’m nudging 58, with two dodgy knees and I reckon Carter couldn’t run out of sight of me in a week.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 7:38am
      Justin said | April 30th 2012 @ 7:38am | ! Report

      Is that every player in AUS S15? Bloody hell could have trimmed it by 30% at least…

      • Roar Pro

        April 30th 2012 @ 8:08am
        Adam-15 said | April 30th 2012 @ 8:08am | ! Report

        I know it’s big its an opinion poll so if I leave someone out, someone else will have a problem. But on the other hand I do the selections this year are very wide open.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 7:45am
      kingplaymaker said | April 30th 2012 @ 7:45am | ! Report

      This isn’t a team that could play any time soon but just one that might be interesting to watch:

      Robinson
      TPN
      Kepu
      S.Timani
      L.Timani
      Vaea
      Pocock
      Palu
      Genia
      Cooper
      Ioane
      Kudriani/Barnes
      Tomane
      JOC
      Beale

      • April 30th 2012 @ 8:11am
        Ben S said | April 30th 2012 @ 8:11am | ! Report

        How would the lineout/restarts function? Who would call them/

        • April 30th 2012 @ 1:05pm
          Red Kev said | April 30th 2012 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

          With TPN throwing it wouldn’t really matter what the call was.

          • April 30th 2012 @ 2:26pm
            jameswm said | April 30th 2012 @ 2:26pm | ! Report

            Look at the stats. I think you’ll find Moore loses more lineouts with poor throws.

            • April 30th 2012 @ 3:32pm
              Red Kev said | April 30th 2012 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

              Watch the games rather than the stats and you’ll notice that under any sort of pressure TPN’s throwing goes to pot. Waratahs deep on attack, 10 minutes to go, 4 points behind … overthrow. Defensive lineout 15m from the try line in a close game, straight to the opposition jumper.

              • April 30th 2012 @ 5:03pm
                jameswm said | April 30th 2012 @ 5:03pm | ! Report

                Not on the weekend Kev. He’s unfairly targeted because his lineout throwing needed work 3 years ago. Moore loses more, take a tally.

              • Roar Guru

                April 30th 2012 @ 5:12pm
                Jiggles said | April 30th 2012 @ 5:12pm | ! Report

                I think the issue of TPN’s wayward throwing is a bit overstated. What I am more concerned about with TPN is his inherent laziness around the park. Generally he makes a solid mid field break, followed by 10 minutes of ‘work’ which comprises of standing around in the mid field and being second or third man into rucks rest on the side. If it is not a break, he will make a dominate tackle or dominate a ruck, but what ensures is always the same, about 10 minutes of absolutely no work.

                Its a shame because when he does decide to work hard, his impact is noticeable.

    • April 30th 2012 @ 8:07am
      Fetus said | April 30th 2012 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      Players like McCabe have said they are willing to put themselves on the line for the few day turn around. That said it is hard to go past players like Dennis, Sam carter, mowen and Nathan Charles who are all playing better or as well as the wallabies incumbents. Kpm I still disagree with your need for Polynesian power though yesterday Palu showed he is almost back to his best. I think Dennis has earnt the 6 jersey or at least the bench spot. And lealifano deserves first shot at the 10 if no others are available. Mogg is still a little bit to raw.

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      • April 30th 2012 @ 11:36am
        jameswm said | April 30th 2012 @ 11:36am | ! Report

        Charles is playing as well as or better than TPN?

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