Posts Tagged "Ewen McKenzie"

The thing that caught my attention with the announcement of the new Wallabies squad to face the Springboks at Perth is that with a couple of exceptions (Kyle Godwin and Peter Betham) these are the same old selections that were humiliated by the All Blacks at Eden Park.

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Ewen McKenzie has shown his immense regard for luckless centre Kyle Godwin by rushing the Western Force young gun into his Wallabies squad.

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Everyone is crying for Argentina and crowning New Zealand after a fortnight of rain, hail, pestilence, Puma scrum mastery and All Black power and pace.

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The biggest joy of the weekend of rugby was watching Argentina play so freely, and so simply against South Africa in Salta.

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The Auckland debacle has put Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie in the cross-hairs for, unfortunately, legitimate reasons.

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The Bledisloe Cup will stay in the land of the long white cloud for yet another year. And while we, the Wallabies faithful, believed the men in black could be bested, the night unquestionably belonged to the home side.

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Let’s be clear about it, on Saturday night the All Blacks dismantled the Wallabies and put them back together broken. Still, there’s no cause for alarm, despite what most pundits in the press will be saying this week.

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Ewen McKenzie is sharpening his axe, forecasting changes to the Wallabies side massacred by the All Blacks at Eden Park.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has thrown All Blacks refereeing complaints back in their faces ahead of Saturday’s tense Bledisloe Cup showdown.

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After 14 Auckland failures in the past 28 years, trips to Eden Park have become like Groundhog Day for the Wallabies.

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When Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach in August last year, he made it crystal clear from the beginning it was ‘his way, or the highway’.

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There were two memorable moments in the match for me. The first was when the game was finished.

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Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup encounter, convinced the team that drew 12-all in the series opener in Sydney can topple the All Blacks at their Eden Park fortress.

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An unchanged Wallabies line-up will run out against the All Blacks for Saturday night’s second Bledisloe Cup Test on Saturday in Auckland.

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First of all, let me congratulate all the players from the Wallabies and All Blacks for their efforts on Saturday night. Unfortunately there is a hollow feeling at the end of it all.

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I literally spat out my snack when I read the Wallabies team that was announced yesterday.

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Has Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie made an inspired decision to drop fly-half Bernard Foley to the bench and replace him with Kurtley Beale for the Bledisloe Cup opener at ANZ on Saturday night?

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I was planning on writing this article about Bernard Foley and whether or not he is the man to finally end Australia’s Bledisloe Cup drought.

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Back on June 5, just before the French Tests, I posted an article regarding whether the Wallabies were selected on form.

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They’ve played just three Tests between them, but Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has no concerns about pitch-forking rookie lock Sam Carter and third-choice hooker Nathan Charles into the Bledisloe Cup cauldron.

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