Beale softens the Hunt Bledisloe blow

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    Karmichael Hunt has been ruled out of the Wallabies’ opening Bledisloe Cup Tests after undergoing ankle surgery.

    The June Test debutant is expected to be sidelined for two months, which means he’ll miss Australia’s first four Rugby Championship clashes, including the first two Bledisloe Cup encounters in Sydney and Dunedin in August.

    Hunt enjoyed a successful debut at inside centre for the Wallabies despite his team’s varying results, with his defensive intensity particularly noted.

    His versatility and ability to play the second playmaker in conjunction with Bernard Foley added an attacking spark to the Wallabies backline.

    The return of Kurtley Beale from overseas will greatly soften the blow as he was expected to take over at inside centre after Hunt started there last month.

    Beale, who played for the English Club Wasps, was ruled out of the Wallabies June Tests after a hamstring injury during the Wasps semi final game against Leicester.

    Last week, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika named Beale in the Wallabies training squad, and it was widely regarded that Beale would play at either the inside centre or fullback positions.

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    • July 24th 2017 @ 12:39pm
      StuM said | July 24th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      I think this is a great opportunity for Cheika to exhibit his tactical nous (or I suppose apparent lack thereof) and finally put Hodge in at 12, move Beale to fullback and Folau to the wing. A straight Hunt swap for Beale at 12 does nothing for the team as far as I can tell, as Beale’s already been tried at Test level at 12 and not done quite so well.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 1:14pm
        ajg said | July 24th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

        Despite being an atheist I will be praying to the rugby gods for this but I doubt it will happen. Folau on the wing makes so much sense and we need someone who can defend better at 12 than Beale

        • July 24th 2017 @ 1:18pm
          Shut The Front Door! said | July 24th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

          Beale doesnt defend at 12.

        • July 24th 2017 @ 6:54pm
          Tui Luamanu said | July 24th 2017 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

          Who you pray to if you an atheist

          • July 24th 2017 @ 7:17pm
            rugby tragic said | July 24th 2017 @ 7:17pm | ! Report

            the imaginary man in the sky… ahem

          • July 24th 2017 @ 8:08pm
            cuw said | July 24th 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

            maybe william webb ellis “:)

      • July 24th 2017 @ 4:15pm
        Selector said | July 24th 2017 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

        StuM you are spot on.

        I was hoping that Hunt would force Chek hand to at least play Hunt 12 and Beat wing (Although I would prefer it Folau 15, Beale 14)

      • Roar Guru

        July 24th 2017 @ 5:31pm
        Timbo (L) said | July 24th 2017 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

        12/15 Beale/Hodge combo. I have no preference in the order.

        DHP or Folau at 14.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 9:50pm
        Jameswm said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

        Hodge doesn’t have the hands to play 12. He also gets caught out defensively.

        • July 25th 2017 @ 7:43am
          Cynical Play said | July 25th 2017 @ 7:43am | ! Report

          Hodge is a full back. He would’ve a very good WB 15 if allowed the time.

          • July 25th 2017 @ 9:51am
            Rebellion said | July 25th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

            Agree r.e Hodge’s hands – all other parts of his game were very impressive on last year’s EOYT.
            Only blip was his defence at the start of this year’s super rugby season

    • July 24th 2017 @ 12:44pm
      Fionn said | July 24th 2017 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

      Well, Beale will now be 12 (and we will lose by 30), despite Paia’aua, Meakes, Hodge, Kerevi or even, god forbid, Godwin, being better options.

      I wonder how often Foley and Beale will be run at when the All Blacks get quick turnover ball.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 12:50pm
        MitchO said | July 24th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

        Laumpe is looking pretty unstoppable at 12 so maybe it doesn’t matter if Beale plays there or not. I’d prefer Meakes though but am prepared to live with a Kerevi experiment because that opens up 13 for a Hodge/Rona/Magnay (future)

        • July 24th 2017 @ 1:00pm
          Fionn said | July 24th 2017 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

          The Lions stopped him, and with Farrell at 12 – I have nightmares of him running at Beale.

          As much as I hate to say it, Godwin might be the best to contain him, but would prefer Kerevi, Meakes or Paia’aua.

          • July 24th 2017 @ 2:57pm
            taylorman said | July 24th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

            Laumape went well against the Lions and Farrell is a very good defender normally. Beale for me is a wait and see because even he will be surprised at the calibre of the Wallabies since he last played with them. Hunt will be missed though his test abilities have yet to be really tested.

            • July 24th 2017 @ 3:11pm
              Fionn said | July 24th 2017 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

              Farrell’s defensive stats were poor in this year 6Ns as well. He missed a lot of tackles, and crucial ones.

              I don’t think the players are that much worse, I think the core 23 are as good as those in the WC, they’re just being coached appallingly.

              • July 25th 2017 @ 9:55am
                Rebellion said | July 25th 2017 @ 9:55am | ! Report

                Paia’aua is not test standard yet in my opinion.
                He has improved out of sight this year but if the Reds were strong you wouldn’t think he’d be a starting player.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 25th 2017 @ 10:41am
                Dave_S said | July 25th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

                Agree, he is in the frame for the RWC but this year is a season too early given there are other sensible options.

              • Roar Guru

                July 25th 2017 @ 2:43pm
                Hoy said | July 25th 2017 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

                He drifts in and out… has a great game one week, not there the next. Not sure if 12 will be his long term spot, but it will help him being outside Cooper, seeing how he runs the game.

              • July 25th 2017 @ 8:16pm
                Peter said | July 25th 2017 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

                Fionn, thisintended for Guru Hoy. I just re-checked the Wallaby train-on squad. Quade Cooper is not listed. How will playing outside Cooper help Paia’aua?

              • Roar Rookie

                July 26th 2017 @ 8:50am
                Dave_S said | July 26th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

                Peter, DP plays outside Quade at the Reds.

          • July 24th 2017 @ 5:55pm
            Highlander said | July 24th 2017 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

            Laumape ran for 78m in that last test and Farrell missed 5 tackles, we are all getting a little revisionist because of the outcome.
            ABs made the advantage line at will in both tests 1 and 3

            • July 24th 2017 @ 8:12pm
              Fionn said | July 24th 2017 @ 8:12pm | ! Report

              That’s fair and probably true.

              Point still stands that I’d rather him run at Kerevi, Meakes or Godwin than Beale ?

              • July 24th 2017 @ 8:49pm
                Highlander said | July 24th 2017 @ 8:49pm | ! Report

                That I think is unquestioned

              • July 24th 2017 @ 9:52pm
                Jameswm said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:52pm | ! Report

                You guys would seriously pick Meakes or Godwin at 12? Those are your standards?

              • July 25th 2017 @ 7:31am
                Fionn said | July 25th 2017 @ 7:31am | ! Report

                No, I’d prefer Kerevi or, if necessary, Paia’aua – Lealiifano if he was fit.

                But as much as I don’t even think Godwin will start for the Brumbies next year, I would still take him and Meakes over Beale for purely defensive reasons.

              • July 25th 2017 @ 11:14am
                MitchO said | July 25th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

                James I’d like to see how Meakes works at 12. He’s played the season there and his D seems really good to me. He also seems strong in terms of rucking and mauling. I don’t think he passes as well as we’d like. for mine better an experienced 12 rather than parachute someone in there.

                I’d be happy enough if they persist with Hodge and try line up Kerevi. But Kerevi would need to play there for Qld.

                A while back someone on Roar (may have been you even) said Meakes is a good solid super standard player but not more. That rang true with me but I would like it to not be true and I don’t know for sure yet. Maybe he just doesn’t have that extra piece of talent.

                But I’d like a 12 who can defend first and foremost and then try to find a way to contribute in attack. I thought the Wallabies backline worked ok with Pat McCabe at 12 (although not so well with Grey at 12) and he was a crash player. CLL can play 12 but that shouldn’t be for this year and he may be required to play 10 since he is a decent goal kicker and from memory is better than Foley.

              • Roar Rookie

                July 25th 2017 @ 10:43am
                Dave_S said | July 25th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

                Fionn I’m pretty sure BEALE would also rather see him run at Kerevi, Meakes or Godwin 🙂

      • July 24th 2017 @ 1:11pm
        Shut The Front Door! said | July 24th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

        Id say theyll run at Beale once on quick turnover ball, maybe twice in the entire match, if at all.

        I like

        9 Genia
        10 Foley
        11 Kuridrani
        12 Hodge
        13 Kerevi
        14 Folau
        15 Beale

        20 Powell
        21 Meakes
        23 DHP

        …myself but Checks has other plans I’d say.

        • July 24th 2017 @ 2:25pm
          Marto said | July 24th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

          ^^ Wont happen Shut The Front Door! .. Folau is the Best Fullback in the world and will stay at 15..

          Kurindrani was dropped for Horne against Italy in our most recent test, so why would Cheika suddenly bring him in against the ABS ..Cheika doesn’t like TK .

          Cheikas 15

          1 Robertson
          2 TPN
          3 Kepu
          4 Coleman
          5 Douglas
          6 Hanigan
          7 Hooper
          8 Holloway
          9 Genia
          10 Fooley
          11 Speight
          12 Beale
          13 Hodge
          14 DHP
          15 Foolau

          • Roar Pro

            July 24th 2017 @ 4:48pm
            Crazy Horse said | July 24th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

            Filaubusn’t even the best fullback in the squad, let alone the world. He’s all opportunistic attack but limited defense and an atrocious kicking game.

            • Roar Rookie

              July 24th 2017 @ 9:48pm
              Shane D said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

              He is the best 15 in the world in Cheikas opinion though.

          • July 25th 2017 @ 11:36am
            Shut The Front Door! said | July 25th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

            Folau isnt the worlds best 15.

            He attacks, mainly, on the right side of the park, like a right wing would. He has the worst kicking game for fullback in the entire club scene, including all major national comps. No other fullback I know of has such a weak kicking game.
            His positional game is OK but not great.
            He is fantastic under the highball and that is his only attribute that suggests he should play fullback. However Dagg and Jane play wing in NZ, both fantastic under the highball.
            Aus has it wrong and there is this crazy line of thinking (imo) that Folau must play fullback because of his ability under the highball.
            Hes a finisher that should be catching cross kicks on the right wing or finishing moves that better fullbacks create for him with more skilled kicking and creative work.

            If in NZ hed be playing wing for club and country imo.

        • July 25th 2017 @ 1:34am
          viliami fainga said | July 25th 2017 @ 1:34am | ! Report

          Wallabies team
          10 Foley
          11 koroibete
          12 Beale
          13 Tevita K
          14 s Naivalu
          15 I Folau
          Needs a running game, supports each other, make sure to move up quickly in defence, if you don’t move up, you make them look good.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 24th 2017 @ 2:25pm
      JPR said | July 24th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      Billy Meakes @ 12 with Beale on the bench.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 9:53pm
        Jameswm said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:53pm | ! Report

        Wow. Just wow.

        We have people picking Meakes now?

        He has a long way to go.

        • July 25th 2017 @ 9:49am
          Marto said | July 25th 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

          ^ Will you say the same if Chieka selects Tah rookies Hanigan Robertson and Dempsey against the AB`S ?

      • July 26th 2017 @ 5:59am
        Bakkies said | July 26th 2017 @ 5:59am | ! Report

        Meakes at 12 and I would rather have Ian Beale on the bench

    • July 24th 2017 @ 2:29pm
      New backline said | July 24th 2017 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

      I think foley would be best utilised at fullback. He is good under the highball and has a reasonable boot.

      Beale needs to touch the ball more and be more creative. With Folau and kerevi around him – this can be accomplished. Foley can also jump in at first receiver at anytime. Creates more options.

      We need to change something up because what we are currently doing isn’t working.

      (Would have hunt instead of kerevi for his defensive strength if he was available)

      9 Genia
      10 Beale
      11 Folau
      12 kerevi
      13 kuridrani
      14 speight
      15 foley

      21 Powell
      22 hodge
      23 DHP

    • July 24th 2017 @ 4:22pm
      StuM said | July 24th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

      It always surprises me just how many knowledgeable rugby fans on this site see something venerable in the slow, error-prone game Will Genia offers up these days. As much as Nick Phipps is derided, he plays at twice Genia’s speed, tackles twice as hard, is twice as fit, is always super quick at the breakdown, and he has a bullet pass to 10, which yes, did go astray a few times in matches past. But Will Genia is an error-producing machine these days – much more penally than an occasional errant pass by Phipps. Phipps pushes that backline along much harder and so much quicker than any other 9 in Australia I think. Genia’s playing like a work experience kid from the schools comp. Like him or loathe him, I hope Phipps makes it back at some point to prove his obvious worth. Genia’s lethargy at the breakdown makes New Zealand’s defence look great. A much faster 9 might prove it’s not so good.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 4:27pm
        Fionn said | July 24th 2017 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

        Did you watch Genia in 2016? He was the best Wallaby back, if not best overall Wallaby.

        Won GAGRs Wallaby of the year, PeterK went through all the fan votes and Genia had the highest average score as well (unsure about median).

        Are we meant to throw aside a great Australian player because of one bad series when he was tired and should have been rested like Beale (June series)?

        Foley was worse than Genia in a few of the games in June and on par with Genia’s game vs Scotland in about 6 Tests last year and was maintained.

        If Genia continues his poor form he should be dropped, but he deserves the second chance.

        • July 24th 2017 @ 5:49pm
          rugby tragic said | July 24th 2017 @ 5:49pm | ! Report

          Genia was back to decent form in 2016 yes because he took on the defense at times. This is when he makes sense. However, since his knee injuries he is still a shadow of his former lightning self so he really struggles to be an automatic selection for my liking.

          Because when he does not take the line on as he did this June he is a liability because his passing is so weak for a test no 9. In fact this June he proved our worst starting player.

          Needs to go to the Aaron Smith school of bullet passing now that he is not as zippy around the park. Otherwise its time for others like Powell, Gordon or even Tuttle to come through in his place.

          • July 24th 2017 @ 9:55pm
            Jameswm said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:55pm | ! Report

            Captain Tuttle is WAY too slow.

            • July 25th 2017 @ 8:58am
              Fionn said | July 25th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

              Louwrens is the only one that could replace Genia if he stays injury free.

              And that relies on him being noticed despite playing for the Force.

        • July 25th 2017 @ 10:05am
          Marto said | July 25th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

          To Fionn and other sensible people on here..Don`t waste your breath..One thing remains a constant in the woeful wallabies.

          We all know form does not matter for 3 players, Michael Chiekas special pets can play stinkers and never be dropped…It`s useless whineing and moaning about Foolau, Fooley and Hooper anymore…They have cost the Wallabies countless games over 3 years and never have they copped any criticism. ..( From Cheika most waratah fans, the Sydney centric media or Foxtel rugby show hosts )

          If permanent fixtures in the starting 15, Michael Hooper, Foolau and Fooley are so good, why do we lose so often?.
          Answer : They aren’t that good.

          We all just have to accept they will never ever be dropped until Chieka is dropped.

          P.S Don`t get me started on Chiekas new favourite flops, Hanigan and Robertson

          • July 25th 2017 @ 11:32am
            Phil said | July 25th 2017 @ 11:32am | ! Report

            Marto,do you have to regurgitate the same old stuff every time you sit at the keyboard?We know how much you love Cheika,so please give it a rest.How about making some positive suggestions,rather than just knocking everybody(well,every Tah that is).

            • July 25th 2017 @ 12:07pm
              Marto said | July 25th 2017 @ 12:07pm | ! Report

              I made positive suggestions in 2016 after the thrashings against England..Cheika listened to us for a tiny moment,but then he reverted back to his normal coach clown self…

              ( Dropping players for no reason, picking injured players, picking players out of position, picking players not good enough and picking players he likes and supposedly trusts ).. etc etc

              How can you make a positive suggestion when the national coach is so negative.? I will continue my barrage upon him until he makes the correct selections ..He knows what those correct selections are, but he refuses to do it..

              • July 25th 2017 @ 9:39pm
                Zulu said | July 25th 2017 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

                Hey Marto, it’s a pity Cheika doesn’t pick teams to match his words – this would be his team.
                1. Sio
                2. TPN
                3. Alaalatoa
                4. Coleman
                5. Arnold
                6. RHP
                7. McMahon
                8. Timani
                9. Gordon/Ruru
                10. Lance
                11. Korobiete
                12. Meakes
                13. TK
                14. Folau
                15. Hodge
                16. Latu
                17. Smith
                18. Kepu
                19. Tui
                20. Higginbotham
                21. Gordon/Ruru
                22. Cooper
                23. Beale

                In your face and abrasive 1-15. No need to hide anyone unless some spark is needed.

              • July 26th 2017 @ 6:01pm
                StuM said | July 26th 2017 @ 6:01pm | ! Report

                That is a fantastic team selection. Do you have Cheika’s email address?

      • Roar Guru

        July 24th 2017 @ 5:18pm
        Timbo (L) said | July 24th 2017 @ 5:18pm | ! Report

        Here is another point to consider:
        The halfback’s performance is intimately linked to the protection he gets at the breakdown and scrum.
        The 10’s is based on the speed and accuracy of the h/b and so on down the line. A climbing pass is a deathtrap. it needs to be sharp, and sympathetic. Frisby was able to give that service until he lost form and fell off the radar.

        Is it possible that there is a problem with the Loose forwards and/or the rush defense our opposition is applying more and more.

        How do you counteract a rush defense you ask?
        What? a kick-chase over the top. – But Chieka doesn’t like that, “There has to be another way”.
        There isn’t, Variety is the secret. Bomb, Box, Chip, Grubber, Crashball, Pass wide – Do it all but do it at the right time

        • July 24th 2017 @ 6:06pm
          Highlander said | July 24th 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

          Timbo, I would add that Genia is being asked to do way too much when Australia don’t have the ball.

          If you look at Nick Bishops work on the Scotland game you can see Genia still playing the sweeper role 15/20m behind the Wallaby backline protecting the fullback. Too much for one guy and esp a halfback

          • Roar Guru

            July 24th 2017 @ 7:00pm
            Timbo (L) said | July 24th 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

            There s a lot to be learned from the bi-athalon.
            Get your heart rate up to redline and then try to sharp-shoot.
            It is a very difficult skill.
            If Ginea is running around like a fullback in defense and covering the usual meters in attack his heart rate is going to be going mental, making it difficult to do the finer things.

            • July 24th 2017 @ 11:44pm
              ThugbyFan said | July 24th 2017 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

              G’day Timbo and HighLander, yanno you both raise good points there. W.Genia really looked tired in June, perhaps a season too long or his bones are starting to creak. I remember two of his wayward passes led to two Scotland tries and it was “see ya later and thanks for coming”.

              A half back rushing around as a sweeper, then having to bolt in when the WB win the ball, follow and get to every breakdown and send accurate passes out from every ruck, and then be prepared to back up any breaks or rush back into defence cover if the pill is lost. This is pretty much the game plan for N.Phipps every match that I see at Tahs and WB games. I would put a bet on that overall he covers more ground in a Tah/WB match than anyone else in his team (not running forward but actually km run in the 80 minutes).

              Would it be fair to say that Phipps just too bleedin knackered, his heart rate is through the roof and along comes the errors. The bloke just tries too hard and once buggered along comes the loose passes and brain explosions. Phipps is endlessly slagged off but the team suffers without him. Jake Gordon at the Tahs looks good with the ball but his defence is not a patch on Phipps. On song, Genia is class but he had better improve on his June efforts. Perhaps Phipps and his coaches should ease up his covering for others, just a little so he has the energy to concentrate on his core duties as halfback. Its just possible that his overall passing would improve and he becomes more reliable.

              • July 25th 2017 @ 7:46am
                Cynical Play said | July 25th 2017 @ 7:46am | ! Report

                Powell and Gordon are the future and should be developed

              • July 25th 2017 @ 11:59am
                Gman said | July 25th 2017 @ 11:59am | ! Report

                100%
                Add Stirzacher – remove a franchise – and Genia wonr even have a Super club to join

                Step pass (thats nor sharp anymore)
                Crabbing
                Jibbering and pointing to where he will.pass it (oppositoons love it )
                Standing over it – being late
                BOX KICKING

                i

              • July 26th 2017 @ 6:02am
                Bakkies said | July 26th 2017 @ 6:02am | ! Report

                Stizarker needs to shape up. Had a really disappointing season

              • Roar Guru

                July 26th 2017 @ 3:58pm
                Timbo (L) said | July 26th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

                I hadn’t considered the Phipps angle.
                Ginea played nearly 80 mins in the last 2 games. He clearly doesn’t trust Powell to finish

                You see TPN being good in the scrum and breakdown for 60-65 mins but his line out throw goes a bit wonky from about 50. Another one of those finesse vs fatigue things.

                This comes back to my endless rant that there is no room for defensive passengers at international level, or SR for that matter. someone has to pick up the slack, I hadn’t noticed that Ginea and Phipps were doing it, I know that the number 8 dujour keeps getting injured and or dropped for not shouldering the extra burden.

                Chieka’s reaction is to train the players harder and reduce kicking, where in my opinion he should play smarter, kick more (accurately) chase them and take the load off the players so that they can use their talents instead of their brawn to succeed.

              • Roar Guru

                July 26th 2017 @ 4:06pm
                Timbo (L) said | July 26th 2017 @ 4:06pm | ! Report

                On the right Half back topic
                My observation (and this is just gut feel)
                Phipps gives fast service but I have never felt his accuracy was much good – passes were “unsympathetic” – quite often on the rise, head high.
                I thought Frisby was just as fast, more accurate and his running and kicking game (at the Reds anyway) had more variety.
                This year, both of their performances have tanked by their own, and their coaches standards. Tuttle and Gordon have seen a lot more game time. I think the future is bright for Gordon, I haven’t been watching his defense closely enough to agree or disagree with you, but I will make a point to come NRC time.

                Bakkies, I don’t agree on Stirzaker I thought he played well in a team crippled by injury. The first 60 minutes against the Jags was fantastic, then he and Mafi came off, along with the wheels.

                Gman – Box kicking is a great tool when executed properly and includes players chasing. The wallabies should be working on their skills, not running up hills.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 6:47pm
        Adrian Denyer said | July 24th 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

        Agree 100% and plenty do re Phipps. These people aren’t prevalent in Roar blog space, but they exist alright

        • July 24th 2017 @ 10:16pm
          StuM said | July 24th 2017 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

          Haha.. Thanks for chiming in Adrian. Phipps had 2 blinders in a row last year and the backline fired as a result, I seem to remember. We haven’t done that as a cohesive team now for a long time. To me, our current no.9 is the stem of our problem much more so than our issues at 10. But it’s still an incredibly distant second of course to our complete breakdown at the breakdown, with no Captain Pocock at 7. We’re SO missing in action there now, that maybe we should just avoid taking the ball to ground at all costs now. Ah, it’d all be so easy if Cheika would just log onto The Roar for some helpful weekly selection and positional advice from the pundits.. I’m presuming he can read?

          • July 25th 2017 @ 8:58am
            Fionn said | July 25th 2017 @ 8:58am | ! Report

            Sorry, when were these two blinders from Phipps? Surely not in the June Tests, when he was shocking, and certainly not against England in the EOYT, when he was even worse.

            I could be misremembering, but don’t remember two blinders from him all year, let alone in a row.

      • July 24th 2017 @ 7:42pm
        Sam said | July 24th 2017 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

        Phipps always strolls to the breakdown

    • July 24th 2017 @ 5:41pm
      rugby tragic said | July 24th 2017 @ 5:41pm | ! Report

      Beale to attack as 2nd receiver, interchanging with Foley as 1st receiver of course at times.

      Beale will defend on the wing.

      any more questions?

      • July 24th 2017 @ 9:48pm
        Rhys Bosley said | July 24th 2017 @ 9:48pm | ! Report

        Who’s going to tackle SBW/Laumape on turnover ball?

      • July 24th 2017 @ 11:10pm
        Ed said | July 24th 2017 @ 11:10pm | ! Report

        So Beale will defend on one wing and Foley the other?

        • July 25th 2017 @ 8:43am
          Highlander said | July 25th 2017 @ 8:43am | ! Report

          And Folau on the other……oh hang on

      • July 24th 2017 @ 11:56pm
        ThugbyFan said | July 24th 2017 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

        Hi Ed, And while people are standing around reading their Team Defence Sheets (“in case of A happening ….. #7 to 5/8, #13 to IC, L.winger to #12 and …… but if B case #12 to L.wing who moves to …. and if C then everyone plays ring around the rosie …) the opposition loose forwards and backs waltz through and score another try. And everyone slags off the players when the score is 6 – 55.

        Give me a break! Its rotten selection and stupid tactics. If a bloke cannot defend his position then he should NOT be playing international rugby. Giving up 50+ points in the hope said bloke might set up a try or two is day dreaming. For mine, K.Beale cannot play at IC because his front on tackling is rubbish, so he doesn’t get the gig as there are loads of good IC in Australia who can tackle and are good with the ball. Sure on his day and under no rush pressure Beale looks really good with the ball, but he crabs sideways under pressure so why select him? Put someone who at least can defend and is a fair runner with the ball. The same with B.Foley, the only thing that saves his bacon is there are no other decent 5/8 in Australia except Q.Cooper of which M.Cheika has crossed a line though his name.

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