Haven't you seen Nick Cummins' interviews? what are you implying?!? :)
I typed a big long post with a little bit of analysis in it nominating the halfback but lost it all with an internet/site problem. It was a half-decent post. Honest!
Can't be bothered doing it al again. Apologies to the purists who will nominate tight head prop followed by reserve tight head but look at the fortunes of out Aussie teams at the moment:
- Brumbies going alright, Nic White going alright
- Reds suffering, Genia down on form
- Force going alright, Alby going alright
And the World Cup winning sides all had halfbacks in form playing key roles - Matt Dawson is a non-Aussie that comes to mind.
Now did the team make the halfback look good or...?
I agree with sheek - 1991 was the best team.
It's so difficult to judge these things because how can you judge except by results and results depend on the quality of opposition, who you played, what their form was like and where you played them? I just think the players in the 1991 squad were, on average, a smidge above their 1999 brethren. And again, how can judge that? It has to come down to a subjective assessment and that one I agree with sheek on. And this is despite the fact that professionalism had kicked in full force by 1999 and players were in general bigger, trained more, etc