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This is the position we find ourselves in. Time, injuries and selections have not left us with much else.

Life after Cooper: Wallabies' 2024 gameplan development starts now

I think we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. 2.5 years have been invested in Lolesio as the young, developmental 10. O’Connor was seen as the senior and first choice option in 2020 before injuries affected that thought. Quade came out of nowhere to be the new first choice but injury has again affected that option. Hodge has done admirably when asked to fill in but he is not a guy to take you through an entire tournament. He’s an excellent utility. Rightly or wrongly, Rennie has put all his eggs in Noah’s basket and there simply isn’t enough time to try out a Donaldson or an Edmed. Putting O’Connor in now seems to be asking for another Quade incident to happen so, Noah it is.

Life after Cooper: Wallabies' 2024 gameplan development starts now

C’mon Waxy. Let’s not do this.

a) they have a very good kicking game with Carreras, Cubelli and Boffelli.
b) what’s the single game plan?
c) they won the last 20 minutes against Scotland (we lost to Scotland most recently).

The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

Wear sunblock.

The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

Deep breaths, everyone.

NZ VIEW: 'Time to ring Razor', as 'confidence shattered' ABs are a wound 'festering with pus and infection'

Cheers mate. I used to work with one of the guys from Pig Athletic Club and can confirm he’s on another planet. Hilarious and completely insane.

Top five: The best fan-run Australian rugby accounts on social media

That’s the thing though; we only got to see 3 minutes of Petaia at 15 before his concussion. I’m not sure where they all sit now for Rennie but assuming Kellaway is his second preference after Banks went down in the 1st test then I imagine your selection might be pretty close to the mark.

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

I think that’s been the most frustrating/disappointing thing for me this year. And I understand injuries shouldn’t be used as an excuse but it really is a shame that we won’t be able to see our best possible team for even one test this year. We got glimpses last year with good results but to not be able to build upon that this year is a big shame.

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

There are exceptions, DA!

All Blacks selection: Are these the 23 players who will save Ian Foster’s bacon?

I always cringe when I see comments on pages like the RugbyPass on Facebook. It does not paint SA, NZ, AUS or ENG fans in a good light. Social media in general is just a cesspool. “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

I think this is pretty much the only sporting site I’ve been to where the vast majority of posters are generally humble and measured.

All Blacks selection: Are these the 23 players who will save Ian Foster’s bacon?

Pretty much the exact team I expected considering the injuries. Glad to see us give a 6:2 bench a run but would’ve preferred McDermott over Gordon.

I’m a little perplexed about Rennie’s thinking towards Petaia. From everything we heard, it was between Banks and Petaia for the fullback spot yet it seems Jordie is maybe the fourth option now behind Banks, Kellaway and now Wright. Will be interesting to see the back 3 selection once Kellaway returns.

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

And yet another golden opportunity for scissors, paper, rock goes begging…

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

In that case, I like the Pumas odds.

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

Power on through I say!

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

HP, of course. I’m a civilised man.

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

There’s a dirty joke in there…

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

I am certain that I’ll be staying up until 1am, drinking beer and watching the Boks v ABs. The other certainty is I’ll be hungover Sunday, making two bacon, egg and cheese sangas (with brown sauce) and watching the Wallabies replay.

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

Will be great to see Kade Dykes get a run. Although, I’m not sure what more Lachie Miller could’ve done on debut to get a second crack!

Round 21 team lists Late Mail: Coates to make early return, Carrigan banned, Klemmer axed, Arthur in, Feldt out

I’ve got more chance of hooking up with Angelina Jolie than that article ever surfacing.

Cash hungry thinking vs. deep pocket fears: What's driving the north-south divide on 20 minute red cards

Cheers AJ. Sharks were very good defensively against a team like Penrith. Something like 34 tackles to 7 in the opposition 20. Pretty scrappy second half but a lot to like as we inch closer to September. Great game coming up against a resurgent Souths and an important one in the context of the top 4 makeup. I’ll be at that game which will be my first at Shark Park so here’s hoping we get a win.

NRL Round 19 talking points: Just another quiet weekend, yeah?

Yes it was certainly a throwback to those earlier eras.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

Definitely a piece of something Chook…

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

I’m honestly not sure and it’s something I just don’t pay attention to during a game. If he isn’t; he should be. If he is; then the fault can’t be laid at just his feet.

Hooper is brave and elite, and changing a captain is momentous, but it's a risk worth taking

That opening 5 minutes was unlike anything I’ve seen. On one hand, you have to applaud the players for running so fearlessly and ferociously at each other. On the other hand, I never want to see a player go down with fingers contorting like poor young Cobbo was.

And on the Union side of things, I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen so many concussions across multiple series. I don’t know what can be done.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

Thanks Geoff. Certainly feeling an extra dose of the Monday blues this morning but in sober hindsight, it’s not as bleak as I first thought. Injuries aside, we had the opportunity to win both the 2nd and 3rd tests if not for some crucial errors and decision making. Hopefully those harsh lessons will stick harder after the losses.

Terribly sad news about Jones. Not meaning to bring League into this conversation but so many moments during that game 3 made me feel ill and for the very reasons Jones illustrates. Head knocks ignored to keep the game “even” and “flowing” plus the ecstatic cries to bring back the biff after one player gets hit about 3 times in the head. Contact sport has to be better than this.

England and Ireland prove why there’s life left in rugby's three-Test series

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