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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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Jantjies and Jantjies haven’t played much rugby together at all, as I understand it, Hairy Man?

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Some thoughts on the Wallabies side, now that it’s out: I like it!

There’s a few quibbles, there always are, but overall there’s a decent balance to it.

It’s a well-earned start for James Slipper. I’m excited to see Isi Naisarani at Test level. I’m looking forward to seeing the evolution of Nic White.

And I think Hodge-DHP-Banks will work as a back three – Hodge up in the front line, Banks and Haylett-Petty attacking from the back. I do get the concerns about speed on the wings, but I don’t see finishing as one of DHP’s jobs. Hodge, Kerevi, Kuridrani, Banks can all do that.

Haylett-Petty can chime in from the back and use his footballing ability to create opportunities with his offload and passing game.

It’s the first Test Match of the year, and there’s no feeling of anxiousness going into the game now that the team’s been named.

It’s nice!!

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

I don’t think success is ever a bad thing, even in RWC years..

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

It’s just crazy enough to work…

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

yeah, saw the side about half an hour ago Muzzo, still pretty solid!

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Ah, gotcha..

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

isn’t the capacity up near 50,000 Anibal?

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Really good point about the kicking, RS69, but again, we wait on selections for the possibility of an improved kicking game…

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Wallabies team will now be named 5.45pm AEST, Jacko. Was originally going to be 7:30pm..

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Just blend the two, and make it a boat race as the decider…

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Surely there’s room for a kicking comp in there somewhere, Chookman!

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

It’ll be just as intriguing to seen what Erasmus trots out, as it will be to see the Wallabies team today this evening, Ulrich, for sure…

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

It’s a no from me, Sandy.

I don’t want to sacrifice wins during TRC for the hope that it suddenly comes good in time for the RWC. There’s only a handful of Tests between now and then, it needs to start now..

The Rugby Championship Week 1: Blow out the cobwebs

Saw this this afternoon Jez, and you’re right, the Waratahs alignment is the big ticket item for me:

With the Rays organisation ceasing involvement, Sydney is now under the roof of NSW Rugby and the Eagles are affiliated with NSW Country Rugby Union.

And mirroring the set-up in Queensland, both Sydney and Country will train out of the Waratahs’ headquarters at Daceyville.

So with the Rays no more, finally, NSW has two genuine Sydney and NSW Country rep sides.

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Here’s an unpopular opinion, Armchair, especially given how easy a target Hanigan is.

On 2019 form, a Wallabies recall wouldn’t be completely undeserved…

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

It fairness Terry, it’s not a normal Tuesday, being after Super Rugby but before The Rugby Championship has started..

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Completely agree Nick. And continuity next year, the first year of a new cycle, will be important..

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Which is the point I made as well Waxy, agree..

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Narrator: “It was made up…”

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

Afternoon everyone, a really interesting response to this question, and I’ve very deliberately held back and just watched where the conversation goes.

And it’s pretty clear that it’s something plenty of us are wondering about.

On one hand, you couldn’t really argue with Cheika just wanting to build toward the RWC and ensuring his strongest possible side is in form to progress through to the knockout stages.

But then as a custodian of the game, and as someone responsible for shaping the direction of the national team, there has to be some longer-term thinking as well.

As I’ve said, I don’t know the answer; it’s probably ‘both’. And the number of different opinions and perspectives here today shows that there is a delicate balance to be found…

In a RWC year, what are Cheika’s future-proofing obligations?

I still wonder about this mate, and both RA and NZR have been just as quick as SANZAAR to trot out the “SARU remain committed to the partnership” line.

But I still wonder. I seriously wonder whether the answer from SARU would be just as unequivocal if framed simply as “Can you guarantee you won’t send more teams north?”

In fact, the more I hear the “SARU remain committed to the partnership” line, the more the doubts rise in my mind..

The Wrap: SANZAAR perfects the art of the Rumba when it needs to Tango

I don’t believe there any contracts around the partnerships per se, Jacko, no…

The Wrap: SANZAAR perfects the art of the Rumba when it needs to Tango

No, that’s certainly true mate, and is precisely why I left TRC in the cake/eating analogy.

And it’s a good point you make about the concurrent seasons..

The Wrap: SANZAAR perfects the art of the Rumba when it needs to Tango

Nice one Geoff…

“..all four nations have pledged commitment to SANZAAR. What this means is that while South Africa may continue to explore various options with regard to participation in northern hemisphere competitions, there will be no substantive change in the forseeable future.”

I still wonder about this. South Africa are indeed still committed to SANZAAR, but they can remain committed to SANZAAR and still pull out of Super Rugby.

The two aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s entirely plausible that SARU have their northern hemisphere cake with yet more teams in the Pro14, and eat it during The Rugby Championship in the south…

The Wrap: SANZAAR perfects the art of the Rumba when it needs to Tango

Yeah, that’s the idea Bobby. To keep developing young players into (now) SR frontline players.

That’s what you want to sacrifice..

Maybe Rugby Australia know what they're doing