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In the end, after some flooding rather than leaking about new, unexpected Wallabies (think ‘Tongan Thor’ Taniela Tupou, Jack Dempsey, Izaia Perese), Michael Cheika announced a 32-man squad.
Michael Cheika has anger problems that need to be addressed by the Australian Rugby Union. He can’t seem to control himself in the coaching box when things go against his team.
A scrum of former Wallabies, locked in by star players and the coach of the wonderful side that defeated the All Blacks at Eden Park 30 years ago, Alan Jones’ Wallabies, is set on challenging the ARU.
The Wallabies can beat the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday. But they won’t. Only in their dreams will this happen.
Going into the final round of the Rugby Championship 2016 there were two questions that needed to be answered.
When Allister Coetzee selected Morne Steyn as his starting number 10 it was obvious how the Springboks were going to try to win their Test against the Wallabies at Loftus Versfeld stadium. They were going to kick their way to victory with the back-to-the-future rugby that won the Springboks the 2007 RWC.