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Never mind, Bakkies looks busy: https://twitter.com/thepaulwilliams/status/911683996182032384

'Still at All Blacks level': Israel Folau grabbed the headlines but 'lethal' teammate has Tonga dreaming

Haha! What’s Os and Bakkies doing these days?

'Still at All Blacks level': Israel Folau grabbed the headlines but 'lethal' teammate has Tonga dreaming

At least 50% as far as I’m concerned. But the thing is, I have no idea what Rennie wants. He might want a few more…makes 2022 crucial.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

This is fantastic and I’m all for it. At the crux of it, we have to promote our game. And that means having as many of the best rugby players available playing for test teams on the world stage. I wouldn’t begrudge any Wallaby with another heritage opting to wait 3 years to play for another country. It’s their right.

I’m also a little saddened by some of the anger I’ve seen in these comments. This is a positive for our game, not a negative.

'Still at All Blacks level': Israel Folau grabbed the headlines but 'lethal' teammate has Tonga dreaming

Good read, JC. Agree with all your points there so let’s hope we see them in action next year. As others have mentioned, I’m looking forward to watching the young 10’s and Hookers turn out in Super Rugby next year to see how they’re progressing. My 2 big pain points as far as spots go at the moment.

'Learn the learnings': Three lessons the Wallabies must take from 2021

Was done with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Cheers Brett. It felt like a lot and this just proves it. 2022 needs to be far closer to those years when 31-40 players were used. We need to see a settled XV next year and I think Rennie knows his best side when everyone is available but that’s the caveat. When everyone is available. Besides the odd injury, which you can’t escape, how RA tweak the Drew Mitchell law will be crucial. Cooper, Kerevi and Koroibete will be essential and then the likes of Arnold, Skelton, Latu and BPA come into the equation as well. Can we get all or most of them back for a full test season? Will all of them be allowed or even want to come?

Numbers speak to just how hard Rennie is working to find Wallabies' way forward

Good article Tony. It’s pretty remarkable that Brad has been there for as long as he has. 47% win rate and second on the all-time list for games coached at Parra. He’s just never struck me as a guy who can take that team to the last game of the season. As you say, next year may be his best/last chance with those guys you mentioned leaving, but even then I just don’t see it happening. Parra fans might need to hang on for a little longer.

Just how long is too long between drinks for the Parramatta Eels?

Yeah I don’t see him ousting Bobby at this point so I’d love to see him get a crack at 6 for the Reds. I just don’t see it happening though. Same with Hunter at 12, I’d like him to get more time there alongside JOC but he’ll most likely be 13 again with Stewart/Henry at 12.

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Cheers Jim. Just a small edit:

Anthony Fainga’a, Connal McInerney, Feleti Kaitu’u, Ryan Lonergan

Should be Folau Fainga’a and Lachlan Lonergan. We do not want retired centres and halfbacks playing hooker!

Glimpses of greatness and lamentable let-downs: Wallabies 2021 player ratings

Does Jake Ball come back into the picture for 2023 even if he’s moved back to Australia?

Why it's not all doom and gloom for the Wallabies

Yeah BPA and Fainga’a were my top 2 at the start of the year and I still feel the same way. Will be interesting to see who Rennie recalls from overseas next year, depending on what that allowance looks like. Latu, BPA, Kerevi, Koroibete, Cooper, Arnold & Skelton. All 7 guys who could realistically make the 23.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

One must be wary of well presented cracks, Chook. You never know what you might find.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

Cheers Brett. Agree with this and at the time, I thought that was the rule. Disrupt the ball (forward, down or back) and if you don’t catch it, it’s a penalty. Wasn’t even fully aware it’s a yellow card as well. Unfortunately, we ate the pointy end of that sword with a yellow card and giving up 14 points.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

Agree with all that. One thing I’m probably most concerned about is Hooker. We tried 7 options this year! I’ll be keeping a close eye on some of those guys next year, hoping a couple stand out and start pulling ahead of that pack.

Genuine flames, if not a roaring bonfire of momentum, to end the Wallabies’ year

My feelings towards the ref and TMO at that point were voiced loudly and to absolutely no one in the pitch black of my living room. But that was nothing compared to my scream when Kurtley’s flailing attempt at a kick gave possession back to Wales.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Haha it’s my total lack of self-control when it comes to watching replays. I cannot stop myself from checking the final score so watching live feels like the only option for me.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Thanks Geoff. A tactical nap allowed me to watch all 4 games, starting with Scotland v Japan. Unfortunately, I missed France v New Zealand but enjoyed the replay later on Sunday. I’ve had time now to cool off from what was a bit of anger and disappointment after the Wallabies game. The fact remains that whilst we may feel aggrieved at certain calls that go against our team, we need to accept that you take the good with the bad, just as in life. If you are good enough on the day, you won’t need the referee to decide a game for you. We were our own worst enemy at times and as you pointed out, Kurtley giving away possession with less than 90 seconds on the clock may have been the biggest. Bring on 2022.

The Wrap: Three epic Test matches all swing to the north

Wallabies v Boks. The best rivalry in world rugby?

The Bok fan is not normal: Why everything rides on this battle with England

Agree, that’s our big point of difference but it matters for naught if our backline doesn’t take advantage of any front foot ball. We may have forward advantage but I feel Wales have the advantage in the backs. I feel very 50/50 about this result. What are your thoughts against the Boks tomorrow?

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

If there’s one team that’s had more injury and player availability issues, its Wales! Our forwards have no excuse. You’ll be going for 3 in a row against us for the first time since 1975. Some great history on the line in this one. Have you picked up tickets for it?

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

Far out.

'Deeply sorry for the hurt and pain': Tearful Tim Paine resigns as Test captain over sexting scandal

I was reading an interview with Coleman and he was also contemplating having 2 of them at 10-12 but I think you’re right. Perese at 13 for mine, I like his power there and would like him as a solid backup for Ikitau moving forward. It’s actually quite a good looking team so they might actually surprise a few this year.

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

Thanks Nick, our inability to build phases has been one of the biggest issues for me. Discipline and phase building is what I want to see improve against Wales otherwise we will just be looking at the same old result again.

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

Hey mate, something I posted a little while back but didn’t have any responses was how the Tahs might structure their backline next year? Donaldson, Harrison and Edmed. I really like Donaldson so wondering whether he might keep the 10 with Harrison staying at fullback? Although I just read Mark N has been training to take on that role so I have no idea how they all get squeezed in.

Coach's Corner: Here's why the Wallabies have fallen off a cliff

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