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Rodda should get the spot

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

Best game to date is a bit of stretch. He played better against the first game against the force -where he set up some awesome plays and had great D at 13. The grandfinal gainst the brunbies last year he played incredibly, a bunch of games from 2019 as well and so on

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

Except JP is both

Why Jordan Petaia can be a better rugby player than Israel Folau

His best game was against the force

Brad Thorn says the 'Lomu rule' applies to Jordan Petaia

He’s played fullback since he started playing rugby back in high school. He then also played FB for NRC. My assumption: FB is his favourite spot but once he started playing professionally (SRAU) coaches decided to utilise his physical build, which is archetypical of center, more directly thus putting him at 13.

Coach's Corner Issue 7: What position for Petaia?

Genia and Cooper were literally the best 9-10 combo in the world for a few years.

Who’d be a coach? The endless pursuit of the perfect game

Zaccy lucas for starters

Can the Wallabies find the right combinations and depth in the ten-12 axis?

I disagree @Cheika_mate. DefensivelyPetaia is the best midfielder in the reds- though his hits aren’t as big as pasaimis. His positioning and tackling is literally elite, so is his work under the high ball. People so often see him make carrying /decision making errors and then assume his defence is bad? Not the case. Even DR praises him for his elite defensive work.

Not just making up the numbers: The rise and rise of Len Ikitau

I agree JP being unfairly judged on his start to the season.. His last two games have been good. Against the force, he nearly set up 3 tries off of individual runs followed by freakish offloads. Seems to be getting his form back.

Not just making up the numbers: The rise and rise of Len Ikitau

My mid-season Wallaby 23

Pretty confident Rennie would pick Petaia over Pasaimi at 13 (not 12) if it came down to it – if Petaia isn’t injured. He is just a class above Pasaimi when it comes to running/offloading/stepping.

My mid-season Wallaby 23

Petaias offloads against the force on the weekend were simply unbelievable. Yet to see anyone offload like he does in SR AU

My mid-season Wallaby 23

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My mid-season Wallaby 23

Pretty solid. I like the idea of O’conner at fullback but not sure it would work as well as you’ve implied.
There are two adjustments i’d make:
1. Izaak Rodda would walk straight into the starting line-up (probably at n. 4)
2. Glen Ikatua at least makes Bench
*After seeing Vunivalus progression from last week, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets n. 14 come June.

My mid-season Wallaby 23

Agree with everything you have said Nick. I would like to point out that I watched Jordan Petaia play at full-back in high school (twice), and was left utterly impressed. I saw him once against Gregory Terrace XV (which boasted Harry Wilson and Byron Ralston in the team) and once against BBC (which had Trevor Hosea). Over the years I have watched a number of talents come through GPS rugby, from Kalyn Ponga and Izaia Perese in 2015 to James Oconner in 2007. I genuinely think that Petaia impressed me the most out of them all, or at least to an equal amount as JOC. He was so calm under the high ball, so quick, such a good tackler – I remember thinking to myself back in 2017, “this kid literally does not miss tackles and does not get tackled”. There was even the time against BBC I vividly remember, when he picked up Trevor Hosea (now starts in the Rebels second row) and dragged him 10m to the outline (Gorden Tallis style). When I heard he signed with the reds I thought for sure he would continue playing at fullback, it just seemed perfectly suited to him. Now I agree he has lost form over the last year, but keep in mind he just lost his father and was unable to morn properly due to covid separations, and he only just recovered from like his 3rd career hualting injury – a lot to handle for a 20-year-old. My thoughts? Give him time and play him at fullback, he’s a star. Should he replace Jock Campbell? Yes. “Fairness” to Jock should not be considered if there is more upside in developing Petaia in the fullback position than there is in keeping Jock there – especially when it implies having BOTH Dugunno and Vunivalu on the wing.

Fun Fact: GPS rugby 2017 in Brisbane comprised of perhaps its finest alumni playing one another, including Jordan Petaia, Noah Lolesio, Trevor Hosea, Fraser McCreight, Harry Wilson, Byron Ralston and Zaccy Lucas. And among them all, I believe JP shined the brightest.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

Funny you say this Johnb. I too saw Jordan Petaia play at full-back in high school (twice), and was left utterly impressed. I saw him once against Gregory Terrace XV (which boasted Harry Wilson and Byron Ralston in the team) and once against BBC (which had Trevor Hosea). Over the years I have watched a number of talents come through GPS, from Kalyn Ponga and Izaia Perese in 2015 to James Oconner in 2007, and genuinely believe Jordan Petaia impressed me the most or at least equal to JOC. He was so calm under the high ball, so quick, such a good tackler – I remember thinking to myself back in 2017, “this kid literally does not miss tackles and does not get tackled”. There was even the time against BBC he picked up Trevor Hosea (now starts in the Rebels second row) and dragged him 10m to the outline. When I heard he signed with the reds I thought for sure he would continue playing at fullback, it just seemed perfectly suited to him. Now I agree he has lost form over the last year, but keep in mind he just lost his father and was unable to morn properly due to covid separations and only just recovered from like his 4th injury – a lot to handle for a 20-year-old. My thoughts? Give him time and play him at fullback, he’s a star.

Fun Fact: GPS rugby 2017 in Brisbane comprised of perhaps its finest alumni playing one another, including Jordan Petaia, Noah Lolesio, Trevor Hosea, Fraser McCreight, Harry Wilson, Byron Ralston and Zaccy Lucas. And among them all, I believe JP shined the brightest.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

From what I’ve heard about Mac (who declined numerous NRL contracts), he is the closest thing GPS rugby has produced since Kalyn Ponga in terms of a back with a scintillating step and pace. He has a crazy work ethic apparently, the last bloke to leave the gym kind of guy.

Coach's Corner issue 1: Can the Reds midfield step up for Australia?

is this a joke? He is the most reliable tackler and air ball catcher I can think of for a 20 yr old. He hasn’t played many super rugby games due injury and recently lost his father, but if you watch his NRC performances and high school / club performances his reliability is his best trait – better than his creative ball running.

Why Jim McKay is the best attack coach in Australian rugby

I believe that in order for the Wallabies back’s potential to be fully realized Petaia needs to be at full back. He has the comparative advantage in that position

Why Jim McKay is the best attack coach in Australian rugby

lol he is head and shoulders the most talented / skilled back in the Wallabies let alone the reds.

Why Jim McKay is the best attack coach in Australian rugby

In terms of raw talent and skill I’d say there is no athlete as skilled and talented as Ayrton Senna and Lionel Messi / Maradona

In terms of accolades it would be Kelly Slater or Michael Phelps.

In terms of stats it would be Bradman or Gretsky.

In terms of just sheer impressiveness/overcoming huge odds it would have to be Ali.

The GOAT: Who really is the greatest athlete of our generation?

I’m not sure this statement is factual. What were the super rugby figures?

The Wrap: More ticks than crosses in bright Super Rugby opening

wow. you can’t seriously think JP isn’t ready for SR

Trophies on agenda after Wilson's big year

100% agree with you on the injury aspect. But if you talk to wilson or any of the schoolboy players that have played with him or against him, or even the reds for that matter, they consensus say he is a freak talent. Wallabies need to coordinate some special physio regime with him at the reds where he plays less game time or something so to spare him for wallabies – he is honestly too good to not have in the wallabies in the future.

For the good of rugby, we need more collaboration between the Wallabies and Super Rugby

Lets not forget his father passed away unexpectedly only a few months back and he has since been seperated from his family due to covid…. and he just turned 21. Also consider the fact that he has been the best player in every team he has played for his entire life, he needs to learn to not feel responsible for making every single try scoring opportunity and revert back to basics when needed.

A promising Wallabies start leaves us with the same unanswered questions