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Japan’s victory over South Africa gave World Rugby exactly the perception it wanted: that rugby is growing from strength-to-strength, and that tier two nations are advancing to the brink of the first rank.
In light of the fiasco playing out in the Wallaby management and squad this week and the general decline of the team, the question has to be asked: if another coach were in charge from now until the World Cup, would the team’s chances of winning be greater?
The recent concerns expressed over the practice of players being allowed to continue playing after concussions have brought light to an issue far too long overlooked, which will take more and more prominence in professional rugby.
The second chapter of this somewhat slow-burning series has arrived, and with an apparently meagre theme, hardly justifying large-scale treatment.
This is the first in a series of articles addressing the fundamental issues the new head of the ARU, Bill Pulver, must face with ideas on how to tackle them successfully.
The starting Wallabies XV for the most recent South African Test match was the following: