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What we’d give for a bit of continuity, Brett ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

‘Tis entirely possible, FunBus!

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Because Ford has been arguably their best player in the pool stage, his kicking game would have been particularly effective from the start against a side with Beale at the back, and the 10-12 partnership with Farrell was coming along nicely.

I also thought Kruis would have got the nod ahead of Lawes.

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Agree r.e. the pack and bench, Connor, with the exception of LSL. Much more of a Dempsey fan, myself.

And Petaia, yes. Absolutely he’s a special talent. But is this really the right time for him to make his first Test appearance at 13? He had to be in the team, no doubt, but I’d have much preferred him on the wing.

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Yeah, hope I’m wrong Chook. Really do.

At least Eddie’s matched Cheika in the strange selections front!

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

That’s a fair call – I’m certainly no fan of the Beale selection either.

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Well it’s a good thing they’re not the ones doing the bulk of the jumping, isn’t it?

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

No lineout liability there Terrence, the Wallabies have been superb in that department this tournament: https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/10/16/wallabies-lineout-rising-rugby-world-cup-quarter-final-hope-against-england/

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

I hope so too Bodger, I just don’t get why he’s being blooded in the position – at least at Test level – in a World Cup quarter.

With a massive selection gamble, Michael Cheika rearranges the deck chairs once again

Yes, you’d think Australia would comfortably win a meeting between the two right now, and I’d imagine we’ll have the Wallabies moving up and Italy dropping a fair way down next week. But Italy have scored 40+ in both their games, while the Wallabies have been far from convincing despite very strong half-hour bursts in both. Italy deserve to be ahead based on that.

Rugby World Cup power rankings: Week 2

Yes, a typo on my part TF – that should read Genia, not White (who, as you correctly state, wasn’t picked in the 2015 sqaud).

Wallabies make major changes for Wales Rugby World Cup match

A bargain bin… name and shame the seller, Geoff!

(I mean, definitely don’t do that. But it’s far too good a read to be there.)

Glorious. Mediocre. Sublime. That's the story of the 2019 Ashes

Sorry Carlos, I must have missed your top 50. Want to throw it here for me?

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Yes I’m thinking of something along those lines, Paul. Leave it with me!

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Carlos, you’ve well and truly made your point about how much you dislike the list we’ve come up with, a view you’re completely entitled to. Are you going to suggest an alternative, or are you going to keep taking pot shots whenever you get the chance?

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Yeah, there’s a chance. It’d probably be pretty clunky just due to the number of options we’d have to include in the poll/form, but I can probably put something together next week.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

I’d also add in, Stin, that winning the World Cup wasn’t a be-all and end-all factor – just one of the four criteria.

Personally, I ranked Burke down a bit on the basis of his 2003 tournament, too.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

An excellent point about age. I probably rate some of those players from the England ’03 side so highly because of the childhood trauma they inflicted on me!

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Love the analysis Wal, cheers. Think that there were only 15 blokes who were unanimous top-50 picks shows how hard it is to come up with a list like this.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Cheers Germán. I suppose you’ll just have to forgive a poor editor for coming up with a simplistic methodology. Maths was never my strong suit!

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Jacko, of course personal biases have helped decide the list; it’s impossible to put together a purely impartial and objective ranking like this.

That said, I do have a bit of a quibble with you claiming we were just picking our favourites – plenty of my top 10 was full of guys who spent my early rugby-watching days towelling up the Wallabies.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Cheers RL. I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, but Cullen was probably the best overall player of this era to miss out, let alone not get a mention. Purely because of his World Cup record – off the top of my head, I reckon he only played the one tournament which he spent at centre.

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Thank you Digger

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

Cheers Corne. Been great to have you following along

The Roar’s 50 greatest Rugby World Cup players wrap-up: Who voted for who, team of the top 50, plus best countries and positions

My pleasure, Nick. Been great fun

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