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Not much love for Toomua in the posts. Am I crazy but I think he has had a great season. Always defends well, tactical kicking very good, creating for players outside him and his goal kicking has been in the 80s. Defo in the side for me

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Yeh neither sio or slipper have done much to warrant their selections. Sio has been out of form for a long time. We need more out of our front row. Or and HJH should be in the mix

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Hooper has had his best season in years this year. Mcreight is chomping at his heels though. Safe decision I guess in the end

Michael Hooper will remain as Wallabies captain for 2020

Noah is good and has a great future but is everyone just getting a bit ahead of themselves with him??? Bench to ease his way into his international career for sure. For me he has played well but not excellent. I cant see in the year as a whole he has outshone O’connor or toomua overall. We put too much pressure in young players in oz rugby. After a few good games we get way too excited!

Lolesio in mix for Bledisloe debut

Got to agree with all of that Rah. Maybe JOC shades Noah for the season overall though. LSL has defo had a better season this year full time at lock but I’d agree he certainly doesnt scream international level. In fact I’ve never seen much that says hes even a regular at starter at super level. Paisami has done nothing wrong and runs good lines whereas Godwin just does his stutter step. McDermott no. 1 half for sure!

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Yeh he looks promising. Quick, and very good over the ball too

The Roar’s Super Rugby AU team of the season

Such a shame for Petaia. He was in brilliant form since coming back. I thought he was almost done when he came back earlier this year and didnt look 100% then hot injured again. What I like about him is he always tries to create and get an offload to his winger. TK is a good defender but has never created for the men outside him. Now we have great form players on the wing we have to get it to them.

Wallabies dealt major blow as the extent of Jordan Petaia's injury is revealed

Big game for Noah. Maybe that’s why Powell is in the starting lineup. Noah hasnt played with White and they want to keep the combination going. Last 2 matches the Reds didnt have oconnor/mcdermott combo they lost the 2 matches. So with those two half combos it should be a great match if Gardiner doesnt ruin it (as he has done all season)…. go REDs!

Noah better place than the final for Lolesio to show his class

Cant agree more Rhys. The breakdown is the no. 1 area we need to improve (no 2 would be tactical kicking). Cheika put all of oz rugby backwards many years with his tackle and hope the make a mistake approach

Wallabies turn to former British and Irish Lion as forwards coach

Yep Wright has been great too. The wing and fullback stocks look very good for the next few years 😁

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Yeh dont see the hype in Swinton. His major attribute seems to be aggression??? That ain’t gona get ya too far over skills

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Yep Neville and Stewart are very unlucky

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

What about Ramm? Great form this season, has a huge boot and actually plays wing week in week out. Dangunu and Ramm would be great options and reward their form this season. Fullback is a hard one. Banks and DHP are more pure runners and dont look to create for players outside them for mine. And Maddocks is up and down. Campbell might be the future but needs to polish up a bit

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Great article Nick. Dangunu has been great in attack but I am more impressed with his defense and ruck skills. He is great at pilfering but in the Force game the last try was scored from a turnover after he counterrucked too. I think i remember yourself saying how Speight was so underrated on the wing and his ruck skills were priceless. I didnt think we’d we able to replace him quickly at the reds this year but we sure have (although I would love to see them both for us). This aggression in defense and at the ruck is a welcome change from the Cheika/Grey era of oz rugby. I’d put every penny I have that the next 5 years of oz rugby will be better than the last 5 😊

Why the Reds have the best defence in Australia

Yep, would be a joke if Kerevi came back. Not needed. Simone, toomua, JOC, ikatu even hodge. Basically anyone who cam tackle and pass would be a better option. Kerevi is a great runner of the ball but his poor defense/defensive work rate and lack of passing makes him a negative overall influence on the backline as a whole in my opinion. Just look at the Reds backline flourishing this year without last years so called ‘best oz super rugby player’.

Wallabies squad for 2020 international season revealed

Good squad all round. But 2 things stand out. Naisarani not being in and Pone being in. Pone has basically had a handful of games and his highlight reel is essentially a couple of good runs and a good hit. His low light reel is many unforced penalties. Mad choice. Naisarani on the other hand I find hard to believe. He has improved his game this year in the ruck and has been excellent with the ball and has a high work rate. I just assumed he was the 1st choice 8 but to miss out on the whole squad???? What is going on there?

Wallabies squad for 2020 international season revealed

Great article Daniel 🏉 should be a pearla. You are right, the pairing of mcreight and wright have been integral to the reds success

Qualifying final is the Reds' to lose, but don't just dismiss the Rebels' chances

Pointless. Super rugby Au has been excellent and has shown there is a huge depth of players in this country. Hope Rennie just picks local players. There is no need for any of the players named above as we have just as good options playing in Australia. People mention Fardy. I’m a huge Fardy fan but wright, Valentino or samu deserve the 6. Simone, Stewart, Hunt (when fit), Toomua (when he played there) show we dont need a ball running inside centre like Kerevi, we need a smart player and excellent defender like the ones mentioned. Look at how well the Reds back line has done without Kerevi. Another issue with OS players is the lack of combinations with local players too…

Rugby Australia changes Giteau Law for 2020

Great article 😁 Dangunu, McReight and Wright have been great for the reds. Dangunu gets applauded for his attack but his defense is excellent too. He counter tucks very well and is always a menace in the breakdown. McReight is the future at 7 (and maybe even the present but Hooper played well too). Wright has been excellent at 6 and is just what the Wallabies need. I heard on the coverage that he leads the comp in lineout steals too. This year is looking a hell of a lot better than last for the Wallabies!

Three talking points from Super Rugby AU Round 10

And tackle 😊

Picking a combined Springbok-Wallaby-All Black squad

Very good team. You are right about Am. He is one of the most underrated players going round. Defensively brilliant, great over the ball and unselfish in attack creating for players outside him. I wish we had an outside centre like him as we focus too much on outsides running games instead of defence

My predicted South African XV for the Rugby Championship

Yeh good call. Nonu started out as a runner but developed into an excellent all round player

What will the All Blacks XV look like for the Rugby Championship?

Not a bad team, what about Boshier though? Laumape is great to watch but the problem with him at inside centre is he is a runner not a passer of the ball. The crusaders have always played passing centres and as such their wingers (reece and george) always get a bucket load of tries. Sometimes with a more running oriented centre it can negatively affect the men outside him. I’m guessing this is why shag didnt play laumape much in the past

What will the All Blacks XV look like for the Rugby Championship?

Good on him, deserves it. Hooper has been in great form this year. We are lucky cause we are never short of quality 7s in oz. Hooper, Mcreight, miller, wright, hardwick all pretty handy

Michael Hooper to take six-month sabbatical to Japanese rugby in 2021

So true with Hunt. Such an underrated, smart footy player. Would be great to see Mack Mason get a go at the Force. Has real potential but just hardly done by

Three talking points from Super Rugby AU Round 8