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Why I’m betting on Australia to win the next World Cup

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    The Wallabies try to push towards their line during the first half. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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    I live in London, so you can imagine the amount of in-your-facing I copped while wearing my Wallabies jersey on Saturday after the Lions beat us.

    Although I am gutted we lost – and especially by the way we lost it in the second half after fighting back to 19-16 – I am more confident than ever that we will win the next World Cup.

    Why? Well, firstly, I think this loss marks the end of Robbie Deans’ tenure as coach.

    When we snagged him, I was ecstatic, as a lot of us were: the greatest provincial coach in the Southern hemisphere, if not the world.

    And the Wallabies started well under him.

    But his habit of selecting players out of position and losing to inferior teams (Scotland, Samoa and the Lions) because of a lack of preparation really annoys me.

    He’s had a fair crack at it and has taken us to second in the world, and I wish him well for the future, but number two to be as far as we can go under him.

    Is it too much to expect us to be number one in the world?

    Perhaps I was spoiled by growing up in an era of two World Cup wins, of players like David Campese, John Eales, Tim Horan, Jason Little, Nick Farr-Jones, Phil Kearns, Ewen McKenzie, Steve Larkham, Michael Lynagh and Joe Roff – I could go on, but with homegrown talent like that, why should we not expect to be the best?

    Secondly, the loss gives Ewen McKenzie two years to solidify the team through consistent selections, fixing the scrums and hiring a kicking coach.

    Don’t get me started on place kicking. I know ‘kickers win you games, not lose them’, but in the first Lions Test, we left 14 points on the park. Unacceptable. And I say this as a place kicker who has cost him team matches.

    We should have wrapped up the series by the second Test.

    Thirdly and finally, we have the players and depth for the first time in at least a decade.

    You could say this is thanks to Deans blooding new players, but I also think the state coaches have done a good job. We could be entering another golden era.

    Provided we have a stable scrum that doesn’t concede penalty after penalty – which should be easier with the new engagement rules from August – and we have more than one kicker in the team, I think the following squad will win us the World Cup:

    Loosehead prop: Robinson / Alexander / Sio
    Tighthead prop: Kepu / Slipper / Palmer
    Hooker: Moore / Tatafu Polota-Nau
    Second row: Horwill / Douglas / Pyle / Simmons
    Blindside flanker: Mowen / Kimlin / McMeniman
    Number 8: Higgers / Palu
    Openside flanker: Hooper / Gill

    Halfback: Genia / White / Burgess
    Flyhalf: Toomua / Cooper
    Inside centre: Lealiifano / O’Connor / Godwin
    Outside centre: Adam Ashley-Cooper / Kuridrani / Inman
    Wing: Folau / Speight / Cummins / Tomane / JOC
    Fullback: Mogg / Folau / Beale

    Let’s start the future this week. Appoint the new coach(es). And plan how we will win the 2015 World Cup. After Saturday’s performance, those are long odds. But I’m heading off now to place my bet.

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    • July 9th 2013 @ 1:16am
      Silver_Sovereign said | July 9th 2013 @ 1:16am | ! Report

      good choices except Burgess and Ashley Cooper shouldn’t be picked again

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        July 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm
        KiwiDave said | July 9th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

        Phipps over Burgess any day of the week

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      July 9th 2013 @ 1:32am
      SandBox said | July 9th 2013 @ 1:32am | ! Report

      you know you are a true optimist when your World Cup winning squad doesn’t include Pocock

      • July 9th 2013 @ 2:11am
        Andre said | July 9th 2013 @ 2:11am | ! Report

        Sandbox, you’re right! He’s been out for so long, he just slipped my mind. Of course, if fit, he should be one of the first picked.

        • July 9th 2013 @ 2:13am
          Andre said | July 9th 2013 @ 2:13am | ! Report

          Silver_Sovereign, I think AAC is a grafter who rarely lets the team down. We need more players with his attitude.

          • July 9th 2013 @ 2:17am
            SandBox said | July 9th 2013 @ 2:17am | ! Report

            No worries Andre, but you are certainly an optimist even if he did slip your mind. I rate AAC as well

            • July 9th 2013 @ 2:28am
              Andre said | July 9th 2013 @ 2:28am | ! Report

              You could be right, SandBox. But, remember, we won both World Cups which were exclusively in Britain (i.e. forget about 2007).

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                July 9th 2013 @ 4:30am
                SandBox said | July 9th 2013 @ 4:30am | ! Report

                good point. However, I was referring to most people seeing Pocock as a linchpin.. You never know with us, we might be a good bet

              • July 9th 2013 @ 7:24am
                Jerry said | July 9th 2013 @ 7:24am | ! Report

                There’s never been a Rugby World Cup held exclusively in Britain – both 91 and 99 had matches in Ireland and France. I’m surprised you don’t remember that in 91 Aus played their quarter and semi in Dublin.

    • July 9th 2013 @ 2:49am
      s.t.rine said | July 9th 2013 @ 2:49am | ! Report

      Good article
      Now we have a coach who (I hope) , will play the young ‘uns coming up so in 24 months we have 1. New blood playing in positions they have mastered, 2. Pride in being a Wallaby & 3. Players knowing they WILL be replaced for giving less than 100 percent!
      S T

      • July 10th 2013 @ 8:00am
        Stalker said | July 10th 2013 @ 8:00am | ! Report

        Replaced by who? This is the problem.

    • July 9th 2013 @ 4:47am
      Pabs said | July 9th 2013 @ 4:47am | ! Report

      I got to inferior teams (lions)

    • July 9th 2013 @ 5:30am
      Loyal tah fan said | July 9th 2013 @ 5:30am | ! Report

      Wow that takes arrogance to a new level calling the team that just pumped us inferior.

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    • July 9th 2013 @ 5:35am
      Loyal tah fan said | July 9th 2013 @ 5:35am | ! Report

      And I can’t really see Palu still being up to it in 2015. Apart from that and Pocock being there looks a solid squad. Just need to play as a team. Hopefully link is the man to get them together.

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