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Great article Jarrod! Hope Rennie stays true to picking on form cause we need big selection changes to the Wallabies. Not that Hooper is a bad player, he isn’t but there are probably flankers that have been better form this year – mcreight, wright, miller, even hardwick has played well. That said there are other spots that Rennie should be looking at too. Hooker. Can someone explain what Folau Faingiaa does that makes him an automatic selection other than sit at the back of the best rolling maul in super rugby? Abel, rangi, even his understudy mcinnery seem to offer more

Michael Hooper's starting Wallabies spot is at risk

No sure really what the obsession everyone has with Kerevi and Arnold. Arnold is a good player but only really cemented his spot in the Walabies last season. Kerevi has the ability to bust tackles but is a shocking defender and hampens the backline with his lack of passing. He too only cemented a spot last year. It’s a 23 man game and both their super rugby teams have performed just as well (brumbies) or better (reds) without them this year. Cant see those 2 making any difference to the Wallabies at all. There are plenty of other players here who deserve a shot at the gold jersey.

Beale exits Waratahs

I dont know, I see it the other way around. It would be different if we have lost 40% of a successful team but we have lost 40% of a team that has played horribly and put in a shocking world cup performance. Having new players in our team can only help the cause. More than 40% of last years players need to be replaced in my opinion!

Beale exits Waratahs

Great point BF! Surely there is a place for it in the modern day kicking arsenal? As a former fullback like yourself I used to dread trying to take a torp or even judge it! Speaking of AFL do you remember Dereck Kickett knocking over torps from 60 out in his later days for the swans 😁

Super Rugby retrospectives: Chris Latham

Great article 😊 what a player. His long torpedo punts were brilliant to watch at Baltimore. Bring back the torp! 🏉

Super Rugby retrospectives: Chris Latham

I just wonder where Australian rugby would be today if we had a coach for the last 5 years who did the simple logical things:

– stuck with a simple balance rugby gameplan (the same we were all taught when we started playing as kids)
– selected players on form
– gave combinations a chance to gel and didnt change them every week
– had a ‘standard’ defence where players defended in their positions and actually included defensive ruck play

It would be safe to say we would be in the top 3 or so teams in the world (where we had been consistently the 3 decades prior).

All joking aside, I would honestly say that any of us on the raw would be a better chance of coaching a more successful wallabies team than cheika!

Cheika denies O’Connor’s World Cup claims

Great article Brett! Good to see such positive news. The promo vid sends chills up the spin too 🏉

Rugby’s back - and what a difference a week makes

No a great advert for him!

Reds release Speight to France

Henry is a legend. Certainly one of the most underrated players in oz rugby and should have been in the wallabies the past few years. Good luck to him but in France.
Another great example of how oz rugby focus on trying to get ‘marketable’ ‘x-factor’ players over great all round rugby players who actually contribute to winning games. And where has that got us? 900,000 per season is absolutely ridiculous. Fans follow winning teams they might watch one game to see how a new recruit goes. That 900,000 could be spent on so much else for the reds. What a waste
A lot of league recruits are over paid and promised a wallaby jersey. A couple of good ones come to mind who are very underrated – tom wright and bryce hegarty. They have had to work their way up and not gifted anything

Reds release Speight to France

I think you summed up Folau very well there ‘exciting but not a good fullback’. Unfortunately over the last decade we have been trying to fill the teams with ‘exciting’ players. But exciting players dont win matches – just look at Fijis world cup squad. Everyone was talking that they were 10ft tall and bullet proof. Flash forward and 1 win 3 losses from their campaign.

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Cant agree more! It amazes me that the all blacks have been on top for so long yet we dont try and copy their tactics. It would be a very simple thing to do. They compete for the ball and when a turnover us produced transfer ti counter attack immediately. They kick often for territory and put in attacking kicks too. The wallabies used to play like this (the match from 2006 was a perfect example). Why we dont change tactics is beyond me!

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

True Bingo. Not many top rugby teams in history would consider a full back without a kicking or passing game. If we had him on the wing and put in cross kicks it could of worked put (but his defence would have been an issue). Pretty sure we lost out overall (team performance-wise) from having him there over the years

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Great call BF. Our super rugby players have played to the flawed ideals of the recent wallabies

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Yep great call. A team of highlight reel players wont bring success (just look at fiji in the last world cup). We need players who know the game and do the little things right. This often means not selecting ie. The best tackle busting centre at the expense of passing to the men outside him, or a prop who can step at the expense of the scrum

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Yeh that’s a hard one Sul. If you look at how the Wallabies played in the 2015 world cup and his team selection they weren’t that far removed from Wallabies history. It looks like after a bit of failure after then he just chopped and changed tactics and tried to reinvent the wheel over and over again

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Good point. Cheika isn’t totally to blame for the shocking super rugby run. However, rugby in Australia is a top down sport. If the wallabies are playing by a flawed strategy that will heavily influence super rugby teams. Players will play in a style that will fit in with the wallabies to try and get selected too

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Very true SW and good point on not taking the good aspects of league kicking too. I agree there has been a lot of good tactics that were borrowed from league. But you are right, the set piece and the contest for the ball mean that overall there is little than can be easily moved over

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Hahaha fair call. I didnt mean to blame league. I like league to. The blame is solely on union for trying to be league. Different games need completely different strategies!

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

I see your point Peter K and we all wish those 20 years was the norm!. The fact remains though, throughout rugby history we have been the 3rd best nation in the world which isn’t too bad (although should be better). We have winning records against every country bar NZ 27%, SA 42% and England 49% (Equal wins with 1 draw). 2 world cups and 2 finals. The point of the article wasnt to be about Cheika (unfortunately the roar editors changed the title and the original one was ‘Why we should all be proud of the Wallabies’). It was actually meant to be positive 😁

Cheika's league tactics explain the Wallabies' fall from grace

Great post BF 😁 i would of loved to play in one of your teams! I especially like your philosophy of getting ball back. You must pull your hair out like me watching Australian rugby continuously use a league style of defense over the last few years! I shudder game after game watching us not compete the ruck. How anyone can think that will be an effective defensive strategy is beyond me!

Why defence will be the best form of attack for Dave Rennie’s new Wallabies

Superb article Nick! Rassie seemed to bring back SA to their old ways and quick! So there is hope for the Wallabies. NZ has played this style for decades and have been so dominant. Any ideas why other teams haven’t caught on that aggressive defense and counterattack are so key?

Why defence will be the best form of attack for Dave Rennie’s new Wallabies

Great post BF 😊 I will remember that last quote, it’s a goodie!

Does the ghost of Michael Cheika live on in our Roar Wallabies team?

Thanks mzilikazi 😊 I guess the who point of the article isn’t to pick a team based on statistics but to give some type of a quantitative analysis on what we all look for when picking our team. Also, to highlight areas that we dont look at too

Does the ghost of Michael Cheika live on in our Roar Wallabies team?

Good point. I cant see why a young player who is playing better an an incumbent at super rugby level shouldn’t be picked for the wallabies. If you are hood enough you are old enough and everyone has to make their debut sometime!

Does the ghost of Michael Cheika live on in our Roar Wallabies team?

Nice points numpty 🏉 I can see where you are coming from with work rate. However, it’s down to defensive philosophy I guess. I would be in the thought that you cant just tackle your way to success. You have to compete in the ruck.
The example you use of Robbie Abel is a good one. He competes in every ruck he can and as a result has won 2 pilfered and 2 penalties this season. All the rucks that a player doesnt win they slows the ball and it usually takes 2 opposition players to clear them out. So a player who looks for pilfers isn’t going to make as many tackles as one who doesnt but they will be far more defensively effective in my opinion.
I squirm everytime I now watch an ozzie rugby team just tackle and tackle with no attempt to steal opposition ball. If you watch the brumbies crusaders final from 2004 it’s a perfect example of how we used to play. Every ruck the brumbies were pressuring. They won mountains of turnovers and counter attacked brilliantly

Does the ghost of Michael Cheika live on in our Roar Wallabies team?