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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

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

A fine effort there Sheek. Obviously we’ve gone about finding a top 50 in different ways, and that’s naturally going to lead to different results. Ours was quite deliberately focused on individuals and their performances, so that’s never going to lead to an even spread of positions. But to each their own!

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Thanks for agreeing to be a part of it Brett!

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Thanks for being involved Nobes!

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

I don’t know about you Harry, but I reckon my 20-50 (and 20-60, for that matter), must have been reshuffled at least a dozen times.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

Ah bugger. Knew that was too good to be true. Thanks LP.

Rugby World Cup 2019 preview series: New Zealand

Carlos, as you’d know by reading this entire series from the first article – and I’m sure you have, given how passionate you seem about it – Nick wasn’t actually one of the nine panellists who voted on the top 50. He’s just written the final piece in the series. Bit stiff to be so scathing towards him on that basis.

And if you’re going to continually have a crack at the other nine of us for our selections, at least put together a top 50 of your own to show us where we went wrong.

The Roar’s 50 greatest players in Rugby World Cup history: 5-1

A fair shout given LSL’s form, but I still think it’s unlucky to start all five Tests this year only to be overlooked at the start of the World Cup.

Return of the Pooper: David Pocock and Michael Hooper set to start in World Cup opener

Not an announcement, as such. Just some stories doing the round these are the guys who’ll get the nod. The team announcement proper will be tomorrow.

Return of the Pooper: David Pocock and Michael Hooper set to start in World Cup opener

There’s a bunker for all ten of us to hide in upon release of the top 5 tomorrow, KCOL. Hopefully the furore will have died down by the opening ceremony

How will the Wallabies unravel Warren Gatland’s Welsh web?