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Yeah he had a very strong tournament, didn’t he? Much like with the wingers, though, there was no shortage of good scrumhalves at this World Cup.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Cheers Chook. I had Malherbe just behind Sinckler – a slightly better scrummager, but not as good around the park with ball in hand. He had a fantastic tournament though.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Agree Smith was great, I just don’t see the Boks winning the tournament without Faf.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

The team’s a reflection of the players who played the best throughout the World Cup – that’s inevitably going to lead to weaknesses here and there.

If I was picking a side to win a game tomorrow, there’d definitely be changes. Off the top of my head, Farrell in at 12, Brodie Retallick at lock, one of Sam Cane or Savea in the back row.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

A good team for sure, but I can’t have Barrett left out of the XV, let alone the 23. The standout fullback all tournament.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

I think had Johnny Sexton been fitter he’d have come right into contention. As it was, Tadgh Furlong was the only Irish player close to the team.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Yep thanks Craig. As mentioned above, just slipped my mind but happy to stick with the side regardless with Curry at 6.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

That’d be quite the back row, Rusty. Personally couldn’t find room for Savea given how good both England’s flankers were, but he was right up there.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Jeez not sure how that slipped my mind, thanks Blackbeard. At any rate, given Curry’s probably a more natural openside anyway, I’m happy to stick with the team.

The Roar's Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Much appreciated gents. Always good fun putting these long pieces together.

The World Cup Wrap: South Africa and Japan share the spoils of a brilliant tournament

Cheers Chook.

It’s a great pic, that one. Love it

The World Cup Wrap: South Africa and Japan share the spoils of a brilliant tournament

I wouldn’t say there’s a dearth of emerging talent, Dave – Pasitoa, Harrison, Deegan and others clearly have good potential. It’s more the lack of guys who’ve played a few seasons of Super Rugby and have been on the fringes of the Wallabies set-up which I’m concerned about. There’s no one really between To’omua and the batch of youngsters.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Never going to be able to get everyone in, but he’s another option for sure Piru. Wouldn’t be that surprised if he’s in the mix next year or the following one.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

I like Hodge as a 12, Astro. Wouldn’t have a problem if he starts a few Tests there next year ahead of O’Connor.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Now where’s the fun in that, Wal? Far more interesting to compare the way-too-early predictions to the real thing, even if it is likely to provide a significant blow to my ego.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Agreed, Markus. Perhaps a good time to start moving LSL into the second row.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Absolutely, mzilikazi. Great servants of Australian rugby the three of them.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Banks will come good with more of a run with the Wallabies, BB. Not sure he’s had enough of an opportunity yet.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Be fascinating to see how they manage all the back-row talent they’ve got at their disposal next season, adriatiq.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Agree with that Bluffboy, particularly the development of the playmakers. For all the age-group talent, there’s a big gap right now between To’omua and whoever’s next in line for the 10. That’s made even more concerning given To’omua wasn’t the first-choice flyhalf at the World Cup.

Johnson-Holmes is definitely a good’un too, will definitely be in the mix next year and beyond.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

I’m expecting it to be a rather sobering experience three or four years from now!

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

Never going to be able to fit everyone in, pm, but agree that Wright looks a good’un.

As for McMahon, I mentioned he could well be in contention, and if we extended that 23 to a full squad, I’d certainly have him there.

What will the Wallabies look like in 2020 - and at the next World Cup?

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