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JOC’s improved a lot this season but his kicking hasn’t been as good since all his ankle reconstruction/surgeries.

A new dawn rises for the Wallabies, just don't expect blue skies straight away

Don’t disagree, thats why I expect Rennie to keep it simple. I’m just not sure why Cheika comes into it like the players need to be deprogrammed or something? The players adjust to a new style everytime they leave their SR team setup/go into a Wallabies camp.

A new dawn rises for the Wallabies, just don't expect blue skies straight away

Pinetree, curious why you think it will take time to adjust to what Rennie wants (game plan/tactics)? A lot of this team isn’t the same as Cheika’s teams. Totally differnet playmaker at 10. I have no doubt the coaching staff have been communicating with players of interest all throughout the SRAU in terms of what they wanted key players to be working on/showing. We already saw a lot more kicking this SRAU comp.

A new dawn rises for the Wallabies, just don't expect blue skies straight away

Ralston benefitted a lot from playing in SRAU this year. He shows some real potential if he can keep getting some high-level game time which I don’t think GRR was going to do for him.

Force add Pumas duo for 2021 Super Rugby season

Interesting that he said be prepared to kick from wide channels with Koroibete & Daugunu out there 😛

Wallabies coach outlines why the team's old game plan didn't work

Bit hard to say as we’ve really only been playing ourselves. Beginning of SR this year showed possibility and promise but honestly hard to say where this team is with regards to international level until they get out there. On paper I’d say last years team was a lot stronger but also had a lot of players who you felt were coming off their peak.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

I’d love to see Daugunu add it to his game. His past soccer skills point to a solid capacity in this area.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

I agree he started to fade, esp. after signing abroad, but I thought esp. earlier in the SRAU he put in some good performances. The first game against the Brumbies was notable. I also don’t think people ‘really’ look at his game. He does a lot of technical things very well. He’s not the line bending, line punching lock but his all round play is good.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Ha. Yes not loose.

I like Gordon. I think he has a good temperament and attitude as a player. Hope he steps up to it.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Issue with all the Japan players is they really haven’t had much game time. At least the Euro players have had a few run arounds.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

The positive is he is working on it. I know it was an aspect of his time with Genia. Working on the fundamentals.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Not sure about looking stronger. There was a lot of experience/talent in that Perth side, this side is untested. What I do like is that this side is coming off actually winning some games vs. those 2017-19 sides where the players were loosing week after week in SR against the NZ teams. I don’t think the psychology of teams can be understated.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Samu has some fetching ability.

It’ll be interesting how the breakdown goes. The NZ SRA comp was a lot sticter than what was allowed in SRAU. I think some of our fetchers wouldn’t have got away with it in the NZ comp.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

I was loving Banks earlier this year, late last. Post injury he really wasn’t there but to be fair he kept getting better each game. Hopefully he’s peaking at the right time and has a blinder.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Don’t entirely agree. Simmons had some games where he really stood up this season and form is all elements of the game which lineouts is obviously an aspect – lots of form there.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Depends how Gordon goes as well I’d imagine. His spot to win or lose if he gets time out there.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Pretty sure Jake Gordon mentioned once that Barlow was a 9 he looked up to. Being a taller 9 himself there are aspects of the role that you have to perform a little differently.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Pretty fair assessment. What’s the vibe re: the All Blacks selection. Fossie not mixing things up much.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

TK really wasn’t in form this year though. I can see why Rennie n’ co. moved away from him. Though you’ve got to think Petaia is who they really wanted there.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

You’d have to believe any team can win on their day and the coaches believe this team is a chance. History is littered with enough games on paper that should have gone another way.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

That’s fine when you have the time to do the hookey pokie and shuffle, but the issue is when you have a fast, counteracting All Blacks. Been a few times Korobetie has collected the ball out back and you’ve wished he had a boot to use.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

McDermott has some rough edges that I think people ignore, fail to see for all his positives. Some of his passing was well off in those last couple of games in SRAU, his kicking game in less developed too. He’ll get there and is lilely to get his shot sooner than later.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Nah, Samu has been dynamic this season and is better with some of the technical elements of the role.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Sub Noah into 10 and move JOC out to 13?

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

Me too. We might have the Folou script flipped on us.

O'Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1