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Patriotic Queenslander hailing from south side of Brisbane. Support anything, Red, Dark Red, Maroon, Green & Gold, and teams from Brisbane or Gold Coast. Still waiting for a stadium and team on the southside of Brisbane.

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Moses makes the highlights reels, Stewart doesn’t. Stewart may better suit inside centre than flyhalf.

Rebels have their halves sorted. A centralised model should see Brisbane State High player Matt Toomau playing for the Reds instead of Rebels later in the season. This then becomes his opportunity to force his way into Wallaby No. 10 selection.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Hindsight is a good thing. A back racing off the line for Chiefs Match winner unfortunately cost the Reds the game.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

That got me chuckling. 🙂

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

You look at highlights reel of Brumbies or Rebels. It is all Quade Copper or Christian L. Even when he was younger, Quade made these highlights reels. Just don’t see Hamish making the reels. He needs to be for Reds to have a shot this year.

Thorn’s cultural revolution at Reds set for first examination

Hear you loud and clear gatesy, we need a louder megaphone.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

May as well be 13 if we don’t carry tall forwards.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Qld. Basket case? Bite your tongue sir.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

That comment concerned me also. O’Connor should not be beholden to Cheika, he should pick a team that can win us a World Cup.
Also Foley missed clutch goal matchwinner against Hurricanes. If that was World Cup against Fiji or Wales, we’d be bailed out in the pool. I want to see who is the form goal kicker is, particularly clutch goals during Super Rugby. Had Quade missed that kick, Sydney press would be all over it. But double standards for Foley it would seem.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

New culture looks to have shaped up very nicely. Think the moves have been a shot in the arm for all Aussie Rugby franchises. Genuine well done Thorne, Cooper, Hunt and Slipper. All kicking goals.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

This is the way it should be. After worst performance in a generation. No-one’s position in the Wallabies should be safe!

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Need to add Christian L and some a few more backs to that list.
But agree, Hooper as impact player is probably his best fit in the Wallabies. Pocock is No.1 pick if fit. Can’t overlook other quality No.7’s also!!

Would love to publically see what O’Connor’s starting XV would look like.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

The sooner Rugby Australia moves out of Sydney, the better.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Who are the top No 7 candidates in Australian Rugby at the moment. What is the pecking order and why? Not in terms of leadership, but in terms of merit.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Only way Hooper can remain as Captain now is if Pocock and Hooper are combined co-captains. Whoever is on the pitch is Captain, which for 60min of the game would be Pocock.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

These are actually the best threads. New name has reemerged from Brumbies win. The No. 10 Christian L, should surely be a contender for Wallaby No. 10. Slotted a lot of goals.

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Cheika should not be a selector. He is too bias towards Waratahs mates from 2014 win. This cost the Wallabies badly in 2018.

No. 7. Either Hooper, Pocock or bolter from this years Super Rugby. Matt Cleary on the money with fact you can’t have two short asses. Need to win the flaming lineouts to reduce pressure on team. Right now would be Pocock. Hooper off the bench.

Next No. 10. Contenders; Christian Lealiifano, Quade Cooper, Bernard Foley. Need to keep a close eye on the percentage kicking from all three this season. Particularly clutch kicks. Tackles made should also be a key factor. A number 10 who can’t tackle is a liability to the Wallabies.

Next other backs. Following England’s lead picking left boot kickers for cross field territorial kicks, which Australian players fit this bill?

Mick O’Connor? Start Pocock in the 7 and Hooper off the bench, thanks

Why Foley? Red flag to bull there mate. Crazy number of games in 2018. Missed match winner against Hurricanes. Too early to pick flyhalf yet. No position should be safe. Novel idea, but judgement on best flyhalf should be reserved till June based on performances from Super Rugby season. If Rebels backline are killing it…. if players hold their nerves with clutch goals, well…
Also ACT talent Larkham had the right attitude. He got the chop, Cheika retained NSW assistant grey though who had bad performance as defence coach. I think most people can see what is going on. Bias.

CONFIRMED: O'Connor a Wallabies selector

Would be ok if all selectors were impartial, but they are not. Cheika to close to 2014 waratahs. That is now impacting Wallabies performance. Hence you do actually need someone as equally biased to balance him out.
Or, you remove Cheika as selector and replace him with a not so biased queenslander or act forward specialising selector.

CONFIRMED: O'Connor a Wallabies selector

Fair call. Canberra royals 78-80. Brisbane norths 81-82.
Still leaves Cheika as selector. Cheika just needs to coach. Replace him with a qld selector who understands forwards inside out. Cheika can then tell selectors what he wants, and the selectors say thanks but no thanks, these are the players oz needs to have any chance in the World Cup.

CONFIRMED: O'Connor a Wallabies selector

Chieka has a bias towards his NSW players who delivered him a title in 2014. There is no counteracting force against this bias. At best o’connor and johnson are impartial.

CONFIRMED: O'Connor a Wallabies selector

Michael O’Connor. Great bloke and Australian.
We have a problem though.
100% of selectors are NSW.
Chieka, Johnson, O’Connor.
0% from ACT.
0% from QLD.
This is an unacceptable outcome.

CONFIRMED: O'Connor a Wallabies selector

I detect you are a Hamish Stewart fan, and that is fine. Going to watch the Reds games, and may become a Stewart fan myself.
The below list has all the SR player transfer for season 2018-2019. Some of the new Reds recruits were Hegarty, Hardy, Campbell.
Or Brumbies have Murray Douglas (Hurricanes) and Samu (Crusaders).
Are these players entitled to compete for positions in offseason and during 2019, or are they not entitled to compete for positions?
Any team applying a rule where only the season prior counts would handicap themselves in the tournament.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_2018%E2%80%9319_Super_Rugby_transfers

Super Rugby 2019 preview series: Queensland Reds

Stephen Larkham and Jake White, joint Head Coach application for Wallabies?
Pretty straight forward three selector policy then.
My concern is too majority selectors from NSW. This would sort out this issue. As a Qlder, I think a combo Larkham and White would be more likely to pick on merit.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

Or Cheika brought him in as a survival tactic. Far better to have Larkham as a fall guy within the Wallabies camp, than as a looming replacement threat from outside. Keep your friends close and enemies closer.

Personally, Bernie and Eales were the two reasons I watched rugby. Don’t think RA deserve him after allowing Cheika to manipulate them.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach

How did some the Sydney media know of this before hand? First just as Cheika is about to be rolled, Jake White meeting with RA surfaces. Then Sydney media knew Larkham would be the sacrificial lamb.

Either there must be a big time mole at RA OR the stories are being deliberately leaked OR RA is bugged.

Stephen Larkham sacked as Wallabies assistant coach