One debutant in Wallabies squad for clash against Argentina

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    Marika Koroibete is on the verge of making his Wallabies debut after being named on the bench to face Argentina this weekend.

    Melbourne Rebel Koroibete comes into the match-day 23 in place of fellow rugby league convert Curtis Rona, who has been dropped from the side and is available for the Perth Spirit’s Round 3 match in the NRC.

    Coach Michael Cheika made just one change to the starting XV, with lock Rory Arnold falling out of the squad and Rob Simmons taking his place next to Adam Coleman in the second row. Izack Rodda has been called into the squad to take Simmons’ vacated bench position.

    Much like Rona, Arnold’s omission from the squad is not due to injury, and the towering Brumbies lock will be available for the Canberra Vikings in the NRC this week.

    The rest of the forward pack remains unchanged from the side which drew with the Springboks last Saturday. Cheika has opted to persevere with inexperienced flanker Ned Hanigan in the number six jersey, resisting calls to drop the Waratahs youngster following a poor display in Perth.

    Hanigan is joined once again by Sean McMahon and skipper Michael Hooper in the back row, while Scott Sio, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sekope Kepu will form the front of the scrum.

    The entire backline remains unchanged; Israel Folau will line up at fullback with Reece Hodge and Henry Speight on the wings, and Bernard Foley and Will Genia have both retained their places in the halves.

    Tevita Kuridrani, fresh off inking a new two-year deal that will keep him in Australian rugby until the end of the 2019 World Cup, will be joined by Kurtley Beale in the centres.

    On the bench, there is still no place in the side for powerful back-rower Lopeti Timani, who will be lining up in the NRC this week after Jack Dempsey kept his place in the reserves.

    Dempsey is one of five forwards who will start on the pine – Rodda, Jordan Uelese, Tom Robertson and Allan Alaalatoa being the others – while Nick Phipps and Samu Kerevi are the reserve backs alongside Koroibete.

    The Wallabies go into their clash with the Pumas desperate to grab their first win of the Rugby Championship, although they do enter the clash slightly ahead of Argentina on the competition ladder thanks to their draw against the Springboks.

    The Pumas are yet to gain a point this season, having fallen to the All Blacks last weekend despite a gallant performance in New Zealand. The visiting side’s recent record against the Wallabies does little to inspire hopes of a win either – Argentina have lost their last four matches against Australia, and haven’t notched an away win against the Wallabies since 1983.

    Wallabies team to face Argentina

    1. Scott Sio (35 Tests)
    2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (74 Tests)
    3. Sekope Kepu (83 Tests)
    4. Rob Simmons (74 Tests)
    5. Adam Coleman (14 Tests)
    6. Ned Hanigan (6 Tests)
    7. Michael Hooper (c) (71 Tests)
    8. Sean McMahon (18 Tests)
    9. Will Genia (vc) (81 Tests)
    10. Bernard Foley (vc) (48 Tests)
    11. Reece Hodge (16 Tests)
    12. Kurtley Beale (63 Tests)
    13. Tevita Kuridrani (50 Tests)
    14. Henry Speight (15 Tests)
    15. Israel Folau (58 Tests)

    16. Jordan Uelese (1 Test)
    17. Tom Robertson (12 Tests)
    18. Allan Alaalatoa (15 Tests)
    19. Izack Rodda (1 Test)
    20. Jack Dempsey (2 Tests)
    21. Nick Phipps (54 Tests)
    22. Samu Kerevi (10 Tests)
    23. Marika Koroibete*
    *uncapped player

    IN: Marika Koroibete, Izack Rodda.

    OUT: Curtis Rona, Rory Arnold (both omitted).

    Daniel Jeffrey
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    • September 14th 2017 @ 1:43pm
      Hello said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

      exact same things I disagree with as last week.
      1 Backrow
      2 reserve prop

      I do not get the change in the second row but it seems to happen.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 9:21pm
        PiratesRugby said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

        Yeah, its exhausting to get riled up every week over the bleeding obvious and yet see nothing change. The clown doesn’t care what we think, or how bad the results are or how much damage is being done to Aussie rugby. When he finally resigns he will be reviled.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 1:57pm
      Dave_S said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

      Now Arnold out, but Hannigan stays. I think I see a pattern.

      Good to see Rodda in, at least. But how has he managed to overtake Arnold? Must be a great trainer …

      • September 14th 2017 @ 2:47pm
        rl said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

        Can’t you see that Simmons’ mere presence will make lineout throws go straight and to their intended target?

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          September 14th 2017 @ 3:16pm
          Dave_S said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

          Ahhhh, the master plan! See this is why I’m not an international rugby coach, too much inside the box thinking.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 3:53pm
            Ruckin Oaf said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

            thinking, where’s that gunna get ya

        • September 16th 2017 @ 10:32am
          Nigel said | September 16th 2017 @ 10:32am | ! Report

          He’s the newest Tah in the pack!!! Arnold being dropped??? Thought we trying to get a combination happening, Hannigan is a passenger but a Tah so he stays, Timani should be consistently played at eight so he can start to believe he has a place in the team and he will improve out of sight!!! Put McMahon at six if u must!! Why can’t Highinbotham play at six????

      • September 14th 2017 @ 5:05pm
        Rhys Bosley said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

        Arnold did nothing against South Africa and they need a better lineout caller than Coleman. Putting Simmons and Rodda in was a good decision IMO.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 6:23pm
          Dave_S said | September 14th 2017 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

          No doubt Rodda has potential. But on what basis has he decided that Rodda has suddenly surpassed Arnold? Rodda has barely been playing in the last month, and didn’t play huge minutes all season even for the Reds. The process is just strange.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 6:50pm
            Rhys Bosley said | September 14th 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

            Because Arnold has lazy games, like the last one, and if he can’t keep up acceptable standards somebody else deserves a go.

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              September 14th 2017 @ 7:00pm
              PeterK said | September 14th 2017 @ 7:00pm | ! Report

              no issue but if only he was consistent then Mumm 2.0 wouldn’t be there still, he has never met acceptable standards other than work rate sometimes

              • September 14th 2017 @ 11:39pm
                Rhys Bosley said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:39pm | ! Report

                The problem with dropping Hannigan is that we simply lack a decent alternative at the moment. It is a big problem.

              • September 16th 2017 @ 10:37am
                Nigel said | September 16th 2017 @ 10:37am | ! Report

                Why not Higginbotham??

              • September 15th 2017 @ 8:24am
                Gary said | September 15th 2017 @ 8:24am | ! Report

                I just re-watched the Boks game again and a couple of things became apparent to me.
                – the scrum was not as bad as first appeared save for a couple of scrums that looked dreadful
                – the lineout and cleanout on attacking ball was worse than it first appeared
                – fixing both of the above we would have won by 15 points easy
                – the Welcome to Country was a standout , an excellent piece for all Aussies , Indigenous and the rest , to be proud of, ( saw some of the Boks shuffling during it and thought geez you blokes get to sing 3 different anthems so give us a break ! ) – something like that should be standard , maybe some Didge playing next time !

                Now watching this match again I focussed on our No.6 because there has been so much conjecture about him. He reminds me of a recurring nightmare I have , being a very poor ( open chords only ) guitarist , I have this nightmare where I am on stage with a R+R band, big crowd, and SO FAR out of my depth it ain’t funny and when it comes to my solo …. well … you know that’s when I wake up in a night sweat !

                Our No. 6 is that , he is so far out of his depth he is just running around like the proverbial chook , total positive involvements I noted was 1 ( a lineout win) he missed tackles , stood back when it was obviously his next carry , could not blow the skin of a custard let alone a Bok off the ball , NOTHING dominant, he was a passenger therefore alternatives must be available to step up and add even just a bit to our pack . It’s not the lad’s fault he just needs time to develop but he shouldn’t be selected and if I can see it why can’t the coach ?

              • September 15th 2017 @ 11:46am
                Dave_S said | September 15th 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report


                Yep Hannigan is definitely Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the key of G at the moment.

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      September 14th 2017 @ 2:01pm
      Toulouse-Lautrec said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

      The BS around Cheikas selections continue. Arnold who wer’re trying to build into a ongoing stable partnership with Coleman, out. Hannigan, who is barely a rugby players jockstrap, stays in.
      Hopefully Chrikas days are numbered, because he is really damaging Australian rugby, both on the field and off.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 2:01pm
      Harry said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

      Cheika’s infatuation with big Fijian wingers continues … Naiyaravoro, Nabuli and now Koroibete. Though I wouldn’t like to mark any of them and they are all impressive physical specimens, the uniform low skill levels of basics like catching, kicking and passing IMO makes these guys unworthy of Wallaby selection. But anyway good luck to Koroibete.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 5:07pm
        Rhys Bosley said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

        Which white winger would you prefer?

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          September 14th 2017 @ 5:37pm
          PeterK said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:37pm | ! Report


          • September 14th 2017 @ 6:48pm
            Rhys Bosley said | September 14th 2017 @ 6:48pm | ! Report

            It was a facetious question but anyway, Banks is very new and mainly a fullback. The vlaim that Fijian wingers have poor skills is rubbish, by and large these guys have been chosen because there were a promising prospect at the time.

            • Roar Guru

              September 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm
              PeterK said | September 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

              I knew it was facetious

              in general the fijians have very good handling skills.

              Koroibette better choice than Nabuli, Banks is more rounded than Koirebette ie kicking and experience in rugby.

              My preference would be Naivalu who is injured and Koirebette and Banks both have the same much needed express pace.

              • September 14th 2017 @ 7:24pm
                Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

                I think Banks might be a bit faster.

                I honestly wonder whether the days of the out and out wingers (like Lomu) might be coming to an end in the next few years and we might eventually get something resembling a three fullback system (Ben Smith + NMS + 3rd Dagg or something, remember Hansen says he sees Ioane primarily as a centre).

                What do you guys think, am I into something or totally wrong?

              • Roar Guru

                September 15th 2017 @ 7:10pm
                Timbo (L) said | September 15th 2017 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

                1 Finisher and one Wing/Fullback.

                So a big Fast Islander type at 11 and a fast fullback at 14.

                Recent Fijian League converts don’t seem to have Rugby vision.
                Guys like Niavalu and Speight who were born with a Gilbert in hand are faring a lot better.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 7:51pm
              Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

              I agree, Rhys, that’s Fijian wingers have good skills usually. However, I’m not sure that Koroibete has yet learned the ropes at rugby. I love his go forward attitude and enthusiasm, but he makes silly errors and should never kick the football. Ever.

              As much as I’d prefer Banks, I hope Marika does well on Saturday.

              • September 14th 2017 @ 9:18pm
                PiratesRugby said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

                I’ve watched Korobiete a lot this year. He’s a great finisher of course but he’s a good defender too. He’s a busy player and is always looking for work in attack and defence. I hope he gets a decent run and scores a try.

              • September 15th 2017 @ 3:09pm
                Fionn said | September 15th 2017 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

                I hope you’re right, Pirates ?. I get that he isn’t Super Sefa, but I honestly wish him the best and hope he does well.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 8:38pm
              Harry said | September 14th 2017 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

              Rhys have you seen all 3 of the above mentioned Australian wingers actual handling and kicking skills? I would contend that they are atrocious for professional rugby players. I am not saying all wingers of Fijian heritage have poor skills, the opposite in fact. But i am saying that these 3 guys current level of skills in fairly fundamental areas of the game currently do not warrant Wallaby selection.
              As to who I would have in the 23 instead of Koriobete? Given that Niavalu, DHP and Hunt are all injured and there is ample outside back coverage already, I would have Quade Cooper.

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            September 15th 2017 @ 10:39am
            Crazy Horse said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:39am | ! Report


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      September 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm
      Toulouse-Lautrec said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:02pm | ! Report

      Surely there is a better option than Robertson? I drive past an old pile of tractor tyres who would give a better account of themselves.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 4:46pm
        rl said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

        this comment will have me chuckling for the rest of the day (except when I have to go hit the old tractor tyres at my boxing gym, who are now very angry thanks to your comparison!)

      • September 14th 2017 @ 11:39pm
        Pavid Docock said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:39pm | ! Report

        Tetera Faulkner, Toby Smith, Sef Faagase

      • September 15th 2017 @ 10:20am
        Harry said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:20am | ! Report

        I would even recall Ben Alexander ahead of Robinson. Can play both sides and actually went pretty well at SR level this year. Props take a long time to mature and get street smart, something that Australian rugby ignores, to its great cost.

    • Roar Guru

      September 14th 2017 @ 2:05pm
      Hoy said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:05pm | ! Report

      Why the constant rotation?? I just don’t get it. Why drop Arnold for the second time, who for two weeks now, has been one of our best forwards?

      Remember last year when he buggerised around dropping Simmons because he had to work on something, then picking him the next week, when he had no time to have worked on it, then dropping him again, then selecting him again?

      It must do wonders to the players psyche…

      • September 14th 2017 @ 2:09pm
        Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

        I wonder if Hooper, Foley and Folau get nervous, or whether they’re confident in always getting selected?

        • September 14th 2017 @ 2:20pm
          Dave_S said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

          Mate you can’t drop the Vanilla Iceman!

          At least Hooper and Folau can justify their selections.

          • Roar Pro

            September 15th 2017 @ 10:40am
            Crazy Horse said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

            Not at 15.

            • September 15th 2017 @ 11:51am
              Dave_S said | September 15th 2017 @ 11:51am | ! Report

              In reality he plays “back 3” – the jersey numbers are somewhat immaterial now.

            • Roar Guru

              September 15th 2017 @ 7:12pm
              Timbo (L) said | September 15th 2017 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

              Or 7.

              Folau to 14,
              Hoops to compete with Beale for the #12 spot.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 2:25pm
          cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

          i just wonder if the coach is trying the reverse psychology thing – where u expect someone who is not a bad performer being dropped / demoted to comeup with an improved performance to show that his drop was unjustified.

          the problem of this strategy could be that the person can either try to improve or say f-u and give up.

          i think this is what happened with Gill and maybe even Fardy.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 4:57pm
            Me said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:57pm | ! Report

            I reckon fardy had a disagreement with chieka at the world cup when he was substituted in the 30th minute for mumm. Im surprised more players arent having arguments with chieka. He seems to contradict himself alot

        • September 14th 2017 @ 3:26pm
          Rusty743 said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:26pm | ! Report

          If you have no one putting pressure on you or your position why would you be nervous!

          • September 14th 2017 @ 3:32pm
            Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

            Arnold had no one putting pressure on his position.

            Donald Duck should be pressuring Foley the way he’s playing.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 3:35pm
              cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

              DUDE – there is no other good 10 in auzzy except for Cooper – but ur coach hates him.

              look at ur super teams . guys like Havera and Bachop could not get a gig in NZ , so they came over to auzzy.

              but this miter 10 in the first few weeks , Bachop has been quite good.

              • September 14th 2017 @ 3:42pm
                Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:42pm | ! Report

                I know Cheik doesn’t like him, but it’s irrelevant to the fact that Beale, Cooper and Lance should all be getting a run at 10 over Foley.

                And I don’t like Beale at 10 at all.

              • September 14th 2017 @ 4:45pm
                Bib said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

                Is English your second language?

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                September 15th 2017 @ 10:42am
                Crazy Horse said | September 15th 2017 @ 10:42am | ! Report

                Even Cheika has mentioned Jono Lance as a good 10 yet he gets no opportunities despite running rings around Foley the last time they went head to head.

              • Roar Guru

                September 15th 2017 @ 7:15pm
                Timbo (L) said | September 15th 2017 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

                Did you watch the vikes-Spirit game?


                Lance grabbed the helm with 2 hands and took control.

                He will be first picked by Allen Jones

                That said, Mack Mason and Macgregor are showing some mettle.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 3:40pm
              Daveski said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

              Donald has an under-rated passing game for a bloke with no arms.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 4:29pm
          Rhino said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

          I doubt those guys will ever get nervous about being selected. They are Waratahs, and Michael ChekTah would never turn on his mates.

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            September 16th 2017 @ 11:42am
            Crazy Horse said | September 16th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

            There lies a large part of the problem. Every Wallaby should be constantly nervous about selection. Conscious that they must give 100% in every match if they wish to retain their spot. Cheikas pets do not have that pressure and it shows.

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