There's numerous countries no longer part of the British Monarchy, but still part of the Commonwealth, Ben. South Africa, India, Sri Lanka to name but a couple..
"The Brumbies have a very strong lineout and will no doubt look to target the Waratahs in this area after a few wobbles in recent times. Will the Waratahs have cleaned this up in their week off? "
Digger, Cheika just naming a 6-2 bench with an extra jumping flanker in Pat McCutcheon suggests that perhaps there's a still issues for the Tahs? McKibbon and Naiyaravoro are the only backs, and big Taqele's only played half a dozen games - big call for a final!
I do like the jersey - it's not quite as pink as Adam Freier had me believing a few weeks ago, but it's a striking design regardless.
15 players in the squad from Melbourne club rugby is great news. The NRC is all about giving these guys a new platform to shine..