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Yeah Powell had a good Super season and could feel a bit snubbed, although it’s hard to give every scrumhalf a run given there are only two spots in the 23 for em.

As for Simone, tricky to fit him in given Paisami had such a good season.

Next Super season will be crucial for selection purposes, particularly the Trans-Tasman section of the schedule.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

That’s not a bad shout on Wright, Smoothy. Could turn into a handy 15 down the track.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Cheers Rhys, appreciate it.

I’d also encourage the liberal use of Simpsons screengrabs.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Thanks Chook. An excellent point about actually getting some international rugby in this year. Really, we’re pretty lucky to be having this conversation about how the Wallabies fared at all!

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

One can live in hope Bobby

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Yeah the Hodge outlier is a funny one. I think Nic White had a really strong game then, particularly in the second half, with lots of the play coming off him.

As you say, though, the O’Connor-To’omua combo almost certainly isn’t going to be the one which takes us through to 2023. Really hope one of the two young’uns makes the Wallabies 10 their own next year.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Yeah the attack stunk. But again, you have to imagine it would have looked considerably better with O’Connor and To’omua at 10-12 all season.

Seeing so little of Tate was probably the biggest selection surprise, along with seeing so much of Paisami. And I agree r.e. the bench, although I also think it’s completely understandable that there was an element of musical chairs there given there were so few Tests for Rennie to have a look at his players.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Cheers Buk. Agree r.e. those three you’ve mentioned. I’m very curious to see how Harrison goes at Test level – he showed he can play fairly well behind a beaten pack at SR level, always a good sign.

And you’re absolutely right: it’s much easier to select a side from an armchair than the coaching box.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

A bit harsh on Koroibete there, but on the other players I broadly agree.

I think the captaincy questions are a bit overblown – Hooper’s still the best man for the job, even if he needs to learn there’s not a thing in the world wrong with taking the three, particularly early on in Tests.

I reckon it’s a pass, but not by a large margin.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

He looked good there, TH, but it was just one game. 15 is still very much up for grabs.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

Cheers Bobby. Yes I don’t think the issue was how many guys were handed debuts, it was more how sparingly some of them were used. Tricky in such a condensed year, but it would have been good to see McDermott and McReight, for example, given some proper minutes during the season.

Breaking down the year that was for Dave Rennie's Wallabies

All the best for next year mate. Everyone’s always enjoyed your AFL contributions, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who hopes yours will be a relatively short writing hiatus.

Go well in 2021, and may whatever comes next contain plenty of footy and Simpsons quotes – preferably both at the same time.

2020 AFL draft: Club-by-club review, my take on every team

Yep, it is his first start there for Australia.

James O'Connor back at 10 for Wallabies' final Test of the year

Cheers JD. That’s the thing, isn’t it? Tempting as it is to say “there’s no way the Pumas can do it again”, no one’s going to write them off for a fair while after last week.

Where Australia vs Argentina will be won and lost

Cheers Bobby. I’m fascinated to see how TT goes. Certainly can’t fault the idea of rewarding him for that showing in Brissy, I would have liked to see him used as a 40-minute impact player after halftime though.

Where Australia vs Argentina will be won and lost

Oh, don’t take the “nine months in the gym” comment too seriously.

Completely agree with you on errors, lineout and breakdown. Accuracy will be key.

Where Australia vs Argentina will be won and lost

It’s a good point Paul. There were certainly a few which they went for touch with for either that reason or because it was late on and going in threes wouldn’t have helped them much. Still, that Argentina kicked for goal with more than half their penalties certainly indicates they were winning them in the right part of the field, as well as their willingness to go in threes.

Where Australia vs Argentina will be won and lost

Edrick Lee’s performance was probably the biggest surprise. I didn’t think he had that in him at Origin level. Just outstanding.

State of Origin 3 player ratings: Queensland Maroons

Agree 100%, David Nofoaluma should have been in the squad.

State of Origin 3 player ratings: NSW Blues

I reckon Welch does a fair bit that doesn’t show up on the stats sheet, TB.

As for Grant, it’d clearly be irresponsible for the NRL to allow anything but a return to Leichhardt in 2021, an opinion which has nothing to do with me being a Tigers fan.

State of Origin 3 player ratings: Queensland Maroons

Outlandish thinking, Emcie. It’s not like that was what made the BBL popular in the first place

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

Sorry, that wasn’t clear in the piece. Tempo is right: the substitute must happen at the ten-over mark of the first innings.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

But New Zealand didn’t get a bonus point for that game – bonus points weren’t used that tournament.

They did get an unduly large spike in their NRR, which in itself is an issue worth addressing.

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

Can’t do anything to help the bowlers, Paul, it’s all gotta be about high-scoring cricket!

The Big Bash has announced three new rules for BBL10 and they're ridiculous

ABs vs Pumas is just on Fox, GoldenEye

Trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition confirmed for 2021