- Member Since:
- January 2016
Historically, the set scrum has always been regarded as the Achilles heel of the Australian team in the Northern Hemisphere. For every ‘Topo’ Rodriguez, Andy McIntyre and Richard Harry Australia has produced, there have been two or three Matt Dunnings, Guy Shepherdsons and Al Baxters.
First there was Eddie, engineering England’s 13-match unbeaten run in 2016. Then there was Ireland, handing the All Blacks their worst beating since 2012 in Chicago.
The ‘Pooper’ is no more. Suddenly Australian rugby is without the crutch upon which it has relied for so long, outstanding openside flank David Pocock.
The Wallabies’ end of year tour results were as expected: three wins against the weaker opponents (Wales, France and Scotland) and two losses against the strongest opposition, right at the end.
A Wasp not a Waratah, playing in the midlands of merry ol’ England rather than in the heart of Australia. How times have changed for Kurtley Beale.
Michael Cheika is in Bordeaux, home of one of the most spectacularly mean front rows ever to play for France – Serge Simon, Vincent Moscato and Phillipe Gimbert. Speak their names in a whisper. Any louder, and you might find yourself as bloody pulp on the floor.