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Philip was half decent in 2020, if he can get that form back he’ll go okay.

It's time for the Wallabies to front up against ancient foes, and this is how they should do it

I had to check the odds at the bookies to see who they thought were favourites, slightly surprised they have the Wallabies as favourites. You can get some good odds on Ireland which I was surprised with. I’m no gambler though so will be sitting back enjoying the games.

My love-hate relationship with Eddie's new England

Yeah BT got that one wrong. Slipper deserved some personal care in his circumstance.

Rugby News: 'Got pretty big there for a bit': Slipper's Taniela update, Fainga'a joins Force, Quade ready for Samu reunion

You would imagine his place is the backrow bench cover as he’s been much more effective coming off the bench than when he starts for the Wallabies. He’s got good vision and pace to test when the game slows.

Rugby News: Did Nic White just reveal the Wallabies' first Test No.10? Tupou in major doubt, Smith on help from Quade

I would imagine Wilson and Holloway were battling for a starting position against each other. Hooper and Valentini are a certainty. Now we’re back in Oz and if the pitch is dry I reckon Rennie will want to bring pace and skill to the remaining backrow position. My guess is Hooper, Valentini and Wilson will be the starting backrow with Samu on the bench. If Holloway is fit he’ll be a good chance as lock/backrow cover.

Rugby News: Did Nic White just reveal the Wallabies' first Test No.10? Tupou in major doubt, Smith on help from Quade

Contestable kicking is easy to read these days so teams get aeriel and pick big guys. It’s like international rugby just follows a script.

The only stats I trust when it comes to the upcoming Test series

Wilson has a higher work rate than either Valentini or Leota this year and is faster and more skilful. Rennie likes to attack the fringes and with Wilson and his improved foot work he has to be a certainty to start. He’s tough as well, no Australian forward carried as much as him and he carried the Reds forwards without Tupou.
“ Making the most carries of any player in Super Rugby Pacific (202), Wilson also finished in the competition’s top ten for offloads (17) and tackles won (158), and was the only forward to register in the top ten for metres carried (1,036). An absolutely blockbusting talent who will surely start for the Wallabies against England.”

'Work ethic, aggression and aerial battles': Using Dave Rennie's statements to predict his first Test team selection

Work ethic then Wilson is first selected. He’ll be starting especially with the tight 5 Rennie will start.

'Work ethic, aggression and aerial battles': Using Dave Rennie's statements to predict his first Test team selection

Saia Fainga’a coming out of retirement, nice. 😁

'Work ethic, aggression and aerial battles': Using Dave Rennie's statements to predict his first Test team selection

There’s guys who are in good form and have improved this year like Wilson, Bell and Valentini then you have Hooper and White who had slow starts to SR but looking good now, McDermott’s passing has improved out of sight, kicking is still too slow but the rest of his game is exciting. Koriobete will always bring 100%, the 7s and Japan have really improved Kerevi’s fitness and speed and he’s looking awesome again this year, Quade always looks fit, Kellaway knows his role inside out, Petaia brings some x factor and excellent defense.
Ikitau I don’t think has been in good form and was missing tackles and not involved much in attack. Tupou is he fit? The big question mark is the tight 5, the Brumbies scrum was pretty ordinary and both AAA and Slipper were done over quite a bit in SR. What’s Phillip’s form like and who’s going to be the other lock. Holloway has been great for the Tahs but we need a lock who’s going to get down and dirty for the first 60 so he’ll probably be on the bench as he can bring a point of difference with his running game and skillset.
We have some good experienced leaders out there; Hooper, White/McDermott, Cooper/JOC and Kerevi.
Rennie believes the set piece is going to be strong so I expect a lot of plays off of them, plenty of contestable kicks from White, tactical kicking from Cooper, a big focus on the breakdown and stretching the fringes with Hooper, Wilson, Kerevi, Holloway and Samu. I just hope we execute and don’t overplay in the wrong areas.

ANALYSIS: Key match ups and strategy, plus who will win and why, for July's three massive rugby Test series

As a Wallabies fan and watching the Super Rugby games it seems to me that a good number of AB players are now in form and playing well. The coaches just need to pick a strong team that gel and get the tactics right. There’s a good nucleus for a very strong AB squad come next year but they need to get this tour right to build and get teams worried about them again.

ANALYSIS: Key match ups and strategy, plus who will win and why, for July's three massive rugby Test series

Considering what’s gone on over the last two years I am just super excited with the upcoming International games. There’s going to be no shortage of great rugby and 1 year out from the WC the tactics and how teams play the game is going to be super interesting. Bring it on and hope the Wallabies have a fantastic series.

ANALYSIS: Key match ups and strategy, plus who will win and why, for July's three massive rugby Test series

Big Joe hasn’t got much of a work rate so I think Marika certainly will.

Coach’s Corner special: what will England bring to the party in July?

The rugby championship is going back to mini tours. The ABs will play both of their games next year in SA.

Coach’s Corner special: what will England bring to the party in July?

My impression from afar and watching the James Haskel p… takes is he’s a bit grumpy, very serious and hasn’t got much of a sense of humour. Don’t think he’d be the first person you’d invite to a party. Good tough rugby player though.

Coach’s Corner special: what will England bring to the party in July?

To be fair Robertson is the one Australian prop that does well against Tupou in the scrums and he probably does have the highest work rate. He is good defensively and his breakdown work rate would be the best of any Australian props. He’s not a great ball carrier though.

The Wallabies tight five that could possibly beat England... just

He managed the team really well and varied his depth nicely but certainly helped having Kerevi outside him. Having a player who you can get the ball to who is stronger in contact than any of the forwards, constantly gets over the gain line and can kick makes things easier. Having both Cooper and Kerevi back is a huge bonus.

'It sucked, I felt I let my team down': How Noah Lolesio dealt with Super Rugby drop kick pain, and how his mates reacted

That’s so true. Mounga didn’t establish himself in the ABs until he was 25/26 and look how good he is. It takes time in the saddle to be a world class 10.

I think one problem our young players have is getting enough high level domestic games. Players coming out of England and France etc get a lot more games and coaching to hone their game. We shouldn’t expect too much too early from them.

'It sucked, I felt I let my team down': How Noah Lolesio dealt with Super Rugby drop kick pain, and how his mates reacted

Brett, any whispers regarding Smith’s leg injury? Was quite heavily strapped and he was limping and couldn’t sprint so wonder if there is any doubt for the first game?

England are coming and maybe only Jones knows what he’s sending our way

The 5th and 6th ranked teams, the rankings indicate it should be a tight series.

England are coming and maybe only Jones knows what he’s sending our way

HJH had a good season to be fair to him. Yeah imagine JOC will get a bench spot and Petaia as well if he doesn’t make the 15. Fardy was 29 I think. How old was the prop who got called up last year in the U.K.? Holloway will probably get a cap as well I imagine.
Googled Hoskins was 28.

Wallabies vs England squads confirmed: Australia's key selection calls and both teams' predicted first Test lineups

Smith has a lot of domestic experience for his age and Farrell will help at 12 but in two weeks he will need to be running the team so him getting a run was probably the most important thing for England yesterday. Eddie wasn’t giving anything away yesterday.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Cooper and Kerevi up against England. It was a let down when they couldn’t tour last year. Cooper ran the team superbly and Kerevi just constantly got over the gain line and looked faster and fitter than ever. It’s going to be a good series. England are a very experienced team and Eddie will bring a game plan he thinks will win rather than entertain.

UK View: 'Chastening, humbling, humiliating' - Eddie tries to play down 'jarring' defeat but Poms fear the worst

He might start Bell and Tupou for their superior ball carrying depending on what locks he goes for. Petaia is a chance at fullback especially if Steward starts for England.

Wallabies vs England squads confirmed: Australia's key selection calls and both teams' predicted first Test lineups

A proper tune up game to get the rust out would certainly be an advantage. England now need to travel and be ready in two weeks for the first test. If all the players were available I think Eddy would have picked the strongest team he could.

UK View: 'Chastening, humbling, humiliating' - Eddie tries to play down 'jarring' defeat but Poms fear the worst

Foster has a lot of form players to chose from and he’s lucky the Crusaders have hit top form at the right time so if he can’t get this AB team firing he’s going to be under a lot of pressure and rightly so.

UK View: 'Chastening, humbling, humiliating' - Eddie tries to play down 'jarring' defeat but Poms fear the worst

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