Spot on Hog. Couldn't agree more. I really don't think that doing even more for the wallabies is what we need to develop rugby in this country.
Also not sure about "There’s no doubt that the best marketing the game can have – both nationally and internationally – is a successful Test team". Are aussies 'that' different to other ppl on earth that they only like a sport if and only if their national team is successful? I don't think so. Football is developing fast in this country and Oz have a side sitting anywhere between 50 and 100 in the world.
Plus the wallabies are one of the 3 most successful side in the world, yet it didn't work. Time to try something else perhaps and stop putting all your eggs in the same basket. educate ppl and make them think differently, enjoy the game for what it is, connect it with the community etc..
Thanks for the info atlas. Didn't know about that, especially the re-qualification rules.
I really like Cheika's very balanced approach. Skelton knows he didn't do well v France so no need to bag the kid.
As an aside I don't get how a team based in Hamilton could 'poach' Will's younger bro (no disrespect, love the chiefs). I mean Waratahs should do better than that and be attractive enough to retain one of their young players' brother especially if as Cheika seems to say, they believe in him.