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Brett McKay is one of The Roar's good news stories and has been a rugby and cricket expert for the site since July 2009. Brett is an international and Super Rugby commentator for ABC Grandstand radio, is the voice of ACT club rugby, has commentated on Under-20s Championships, Women's Uni Sevens and National Rugby Championship coverage, and has written for magazines and websites in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. He tweets from @BMcSport.

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Cummins and Hazlewood looked really good today, they bowled a spell in tandom through the middle session, and tied Qld right down, at one point there’d been only 18 scored in ten overs.

Cummins, in particular, looked to be sending them through nicely…

Renshaw fails as Lyon fires in Shield

Sadly on the blink after it failed to deliver Powerball numbers last week…

But, by all means: https://www.theroar.com.au/contribute/

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

Can’t disagree with any of that, Akari..

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

Your encouragement means everything, Hoy! 😆

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

“Sure they lose a lot but they can play well for patches..”

Where have I heard that before, Cookie… 😆

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

Castle is hardly the first sports CEO to dabble in corporate speak, CS. She’s not even the first rugby CEO…

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

Appreciate all the comments once again, guys. Will be really interesting to see a). what team is rolled out when named later tonight, and b). how on earth they play…

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

How would you propose I’d have done that, Piru, given it was announced several hours after this column went live (never mind when I submitted it)?

Lose-lose for the Wallabies against the Azzurri

Yep, I’m on ABC Grandstand radio update duty across the weekend…

Who can add the needed steel to Australia's fragile ODI batting?

Really good question, LS.

My immediate thought is that it would be around a win borne out of many past losses and draws (where points were ignored), but with alarm bells raided about a non-threatening attack.

But it’s a genuinely good question…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

I’d be happy with two of Ferguson, Handscomb and Burns currently, Ronan, and I don’t even care which two. They’re all capable of being the middle order anchors that Australia desperately need..

(As could Khawaja at the top, when fit again..)

Sidenote – looking forward to the NSW-Qld Shield game in Canberra this weekend, where Labuschagne, Burns and Renshaw will be facing the Australian Test bowling attack!

Who can add the needed steel to Australia's fragile ODI batting?

That’s some quality cherry-picking there to try and make you’re broad-brush point stand, Feff…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

Thanks everyone for the comments today, I’m sorry I’ve not been able reply to more than I have.

Certainly, we are entering desperate times, but worryingly, I fear that we still aren’t at rock bottom…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

Thanks everyone for the comments today, I’m sorry I’ve not been able reply to more than I have.

Certainly, we are entering desperate times, but worryingly, I fear that we still aren’t at rock bottom…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

Thank goodness you’re around to share your knowledge, Sheek…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

Faff, Toomua is n the third image only. It’s Foley in the first two, as is clearly stated.

Secondly, and again, as stated, Foley took both kicks for touch inside or on the Welsh 22. That’s well within his range. Comfortably within.

Thirdly, Foley has kicked very well in 2018 – at 80% +/- for the Waratahs, and it might even be a touch better for the Wallabies this year.

“Foley is 50/50 at getting any kicks” is an absolute fallacy…

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

CB2, I only picked up Genia’s interaction when going back to find the positioning of the kicks – and even then I had to check that he wasn’t pointing to the corner, too!

But he was clear – we tried before, so let’s just relax and make sure we take something away this time. And it would have been the first time the Wallabies led in the game..

(Also, on Toomua’s kick, you can see on the image above the 22m line in front of him – I put it at about 30m from the try line, around 5m in from touch. So maybe 40-42m on the angle..)

Lost: Wallabies’ game management nous

Like a MWS, SMI?

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

The setting of a pass mark in itself is interesting Sherry. It’s effectively the first time Castle has stated something that wouldn’t fit comfortably with Chieka..

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

It’s a by-product of the RWC cycle, unfortunately Baz, and these are exactly the sort of Tests that would’ve been counted in World Rugby’s ‘friendly’ tally, even if calling them meaningless is still a long way off…

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

Oh, that’s absolutely spot on Neil, and if anything, the size and status of this game this weekend fuelled the question about experimentation.

In all honesty, I don’t think we’ll see a different Wallabies side at all – but that doesn’t change the fact these three Tests are the lost opportunities to try things..

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

Imagine how much stronger they’d be…

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

It just makes sense..

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

All valid points here, JC…

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?

You’ll recall I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wasn’t thrilled about the idea of AAC being recalled Fionn, but that I could see the benefits. And now that he’s on tour, we might as well try to get proper pay from those benefits..

Three opportunities for the Wallabies to experiment. But will they be taken?