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Elisha Pearce

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Hi Mania, good comment there. I think somehow the new generation needs to get a look-in now. But I also believe in trying to win every test… hard one.

Just to clarify – I don’t think Cheika’s job is on the line. But I think a fifth straight loss and one as bad as last week would significantly dent the faith people have in him.

Spare parts can't fix Cheika's car crash of a team

Im glad you do Moaman.
Yep that works too. There is always a slight air of the unknown with Bolt – but same result.

The Wallabies bring clarity amid the Olympics murkiness

Thats a great alternate solution too. But its been on the table for so long Ive stopped waiting for it to happen.

And yes – squad depth would be extremely important.

New Super Rugby format makes for jumbled finals rankings

Interesting that they considered mid week already. Wonder if itll come up again. The real focus in Aus seems to be on reforming other areas of the game right now. Not a bad thing though.

New Super Rugby format makes for jumbled finals rankings

Hi BB! Im not saying we need to cancel SR. Do you really want to?
Im just pointing out what I see as flaws – everyone/everything has them.

Regarding the Lions themselves – getting to the top of the log is fantastic. I couldnt be happier for them tbh. And part of me hopes they secure top spot and win it all. A fresh winner of SR is a good thing.

New Super Rugby format makes for jumbled finals rankings

Thanks for coming round to it Moa.
I agree that it would only be for the June Tests. Leave the other RC games on the weekend when there is no Super Rugby.

New Super Rugby format makes for jumbled finals rankings

Not sure we need to go with the marks about mental health.
But its clear this series his on the field exploits have been somewhat lacking.

When it comes to the Wallabies, it's the hope that gets you

Agree with you about the stats point. I wrote about that last week.
The Wallabies poor discipline and lack of second option meant all their huge numbers were empty calories.

When it comes to the Wallabies, it's the hope that gets you

Asking why Haylett Petty wasn’t used more for exits is a good point. But then again, it’s usually meant to be the wing chasing them isn’t it?

When it comes to the Wallabies, it's the hope that gets you

Agree that Rory has been sound. Haylett-Petty is probably bench quality at Test level still, but still second gamer. He would still start if AAC was around for mine, Horne on the bench.
I think Foley had a fantastic game 1 though. Can’t really agree with that assessment. Game 2 wasn’t good but neither was anyone’s performance in that one.

When it comes to the Wallabies, it's the hope that gets you

Yeah its good to see the 15s are getting some attention as well.
Personally I’d like to think there are enough well off rugby lovers to give them a pre-World Cup tour as prep too.

It seems sevens is going to get continued focus here in Oz too. Due to the nature of the current structures, audiences and Olympics focus. A national 7s comp in 2017 is pretty exciting. It might be how domestic rugby cracks the FTA market.

Wallaroos sponsorship another step forward for women's rugby

Im not sure the forwards were as outmuscled as you say AC. But I might be wrong. I thought they were flustered and not accurate enough.
Your physical impact is lowered when you arent accurate. I think that was the main issue.
Someone like Sean McMahon with a big body to bring off the bench wont be as good as Pocock but I think could be enough.
The scrum is different though. I think their 8-man shove was better as well as props. Both need to improve.

If the Wallabies stick to their set list they can out-rock England

Hi Moaman! I spent half the article trying to convince you, the wonderful reader, why the Wallabies deserve to be strong favourites. 😛
I think England will play well, but hope the Wallabies play up to their 2015 potential, if not a little more with another camp to iron out more of Cheika’s game plan.
Usually the June Tests start close then lean towards the home side. I’d expect England to play us close in Brisbane and the Wallabies to be clearly stronger by the third Test.

I’m looking forward to the back row battle too – there appears to be a fair bit of contrast in styles and builds. It’ll be a question of which side can put their stamp on the game’s style and flow there.

Eddie's right to play the underdog - this series is the Wallabies' to lose

Glad you enjoyed this Machooka!

Women leading Australian rugby on and off the field

The children getting into rugby as a knock on effect is pretty important. Especially with sevens getting some more profile – that balances skill, speed and physicality a little more than 15s.

Women leading Australian rugby on and off the field

I doubt it. Not many of the 15 year old I played against would come close to catching Ellia Green for a start.

Women leading Australian rugby on and off the field

Thanks Brett. It’s good to get a hint of how the priorities are being managed behind the scenes.

Women leading Australian rugby on and off the field

Hi Nick,

There is a diagram that, I presume, shows how investing in schools would strengthen club rugby.

The idea is that more school kids playing means there are more people for clubs to attract into the playing ranks – both boys and girls. And that would also mean more parents invested in the game – volunteering etc.

The ARU's strategic plan will broaden the player base

Good connection between the Tahs and Reds Allanthus. Thats worth further consideration, absolutely.

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

Hi Machooka,

Guidford hasn’t gone amazingly thus far. But neither has the whole side. I do see him going looking for work at times, which is encouraging. That work hasn’t always borne results, but that might be because other players are too much in shock at the sight of a winger coming in for work to use him!

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

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They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

I think the player change over has had more of an affect than the coaching.
However, until now the team does seem a bit aimless at times, which is probably a coaching problem.

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

Not at all. Succession planning at the Reds went pretty badly awry didn’t it? Despite having a very obvious transition phase.

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

Just a quick addendum to the story: I’ve been alerted to the fact that Andrew Kellaway has played his fair share of fullback for club and NRC teams. That’s another one waiting below Folau. But also supports the point that there aren’t a list of well-established players trying to knock of first team players right now.

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

Excuses for what? Am I missing something?

They may have world-class players, but the Waratahs are in a rebuilding phase

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