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And that’s a pretty poor comment simply accusing me of copying another article which I hadn’t read until you posted the link here.

Reds trio terminate contracts with Reds and Rugby AU

Don’t get me wrong, I personally picked had Latham on the bench – I actually had him starting at first, but that didn’t work out either!

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Surely everyone’s learnt at least a little bit about some of these players over the last two weeks Chook?

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Exactly. I actually toyed with the idea of a Giteau-AAC/Tuqiri/Folau-Latham bench, thinking Gregan’s an 80-minute player and Giteau can cover 9, 10 and 12.

Bit too left-field though – and far too rough on Will Genia!

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Yeah I went for Latham too. Can’t complain with AAC there given how many positions he can cover, but it just doesn’t seem right to leave Latham out of the 23. Plus, him running at tired defences with fresh legs in the last 15 minutes is a tantalising prospect.

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Bit rough on a bloke who played over 100 Tests and won two John Eales medals.

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Yep plenty of different combinations in there, although there were a few patterns which emerged in there, the main one being in the back row – it tended to be a case not so much of if George Smith should make the side, but instead whether he’d play at 6 to accommodate Pocock at openside or at 7 in a more traditional back row with Finegan/Elsom as the other breakaway. Hell, there were even a few breakdown fanatics who went with Smith, Hooper and Pocock!

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

No Pocock or Gits on the bench Jez! Who’d you have instead?

And yeah, Macqueen as our hypothetical coach goes without saying.

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

I think, Joe, that AAC’s utility value was what got him over the line into that last bench spot. Looking at the starters’ voting probably gives a better indication of where he sat in the pecking order as a pure winger or centre, but his versatility was tremendous. I often wonder whether that hurt him, in some ways – would he have had a better Test career if he was a one-position specialist?

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

Yeah the discussion on each of the articles wasn’t always reflective of the voting. There were a few other positions where players were getting more love in the comments than the poll, and vice-versa.

The greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era, as voted by you

I know. Was just wistfully, wishfully hoping

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Second row

Didn’t everyone get it out of the system on Wednesday on Nick’s excellent article?

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Second row

Here I was thinking the halves would be the easiest part of the whole exercise.

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Second row

How could you possibly forget Felix?

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Front row

With the halves practising his drop-goals.

Pick the greatest Wallabies team of the Super Rugby era: Front row

Either that or they just couldn’t hit anything to start with.

The Star Wars club cricket XI

Way too many characters to fit into the one team. Hell, we could probably come up with a second XI if we tried.

Also, I’d like to think Jar-Jar has provided more laughs here than he did in two full movies, so we’re keeping him.

The Star Wars club cricket XI

As for Chewbacca, he tried to sign up but none of the poor club volunteers had any idea what he was saying so they couldn’t complete his rego. Still rocks up to the odd game with Han and bellows obscenities at the opposition from the sideline.

The Star Wars club cricket XI

Bound to be a Botham-Boycott incident at least once a year

The Star Wars club cricket XI

R2D2 was on the team in their first three seasons, but when he turned up for number IV the captain acted like he didn’t know him. Just plain forgot the poor little bloke. No one’s quite sure how that happened.

The Star Wars club cricket XI

Mace always looks godly in the nets but has a tendency to go to water in pressure situations. He got into a fight with the president, too, which never helped his selection chances, and has been nursing a pretty severe arm injury ever since.

The Star Wars club cricket XI

You’re right in thinking my opinion won’t be altered by a “contribution” with an unfounded assumption about me based on what generation I come from.

Australian rugby has its problems, but Raelene Castle was not one of them

Sorry James, I misread that first comment. Zero blame? No. But I maintain that the positive progress in the last few years has outweighed the current administration’s flaws, and that the seeds for the game’s woes were planted well before Castle was appointed.

As many have pointed out, too, there are very few on the current board who have been around prior to 2018, and we’re set to see more change later this year.

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions

There’s a vast difference between character assassination and pointing out legitimate and highly relevant factors which might indicate flawed judgment.

My view of CEOs is they’re there to do what’s right for their organisation. I’m not sure what particular tough Wallabies decisions you’re referring to which weren’t made, but a betting man would perhaps guess removing Michael Cheika is one of them. If that’s the case – and correct me if it’s not – I can understand why Rugby AU opted against terminating and paying out his contract to bring a new coach in given the costs associated with it. Such a decision may have played out for the best, but equally it may not have.

As I said in the article, these guys are entitled to call for change, but they’d be far better being more constructive than just saying “step aside”.

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions

Cheers mate. Would be nice if everyone could pull together and work as one for the good of the game.

Christ that sounds hopelessly naive and optimistic now I type it out.

Captains' call offers nothing by way of real Rugby Australia solutions