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Another typo is Italy is 60 million not k. We will correct overnight

A dive into the numbers behind the World Cup contenders

Watching Wales play Fiji, I don’t feel the same about Wales – they’re not squeaky like the English

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

Sorry that is a typo that got lost in translation in our final editing. It should read 6,890 in 2011.
23,000 is a huge jump and I suspect the 2011 number is more reliable, but not sure, given they virtually all play the game there!

A dive into the numbers behind the World Cup contenders

… and we’re the wobblies who aren’t as well coached by our Randwick alum, and not fantastic at kicking or the breakdown anymore, hard to predict, hot and cold, but we beat ourselves up enough and this is the pointy end of the cup when it is time to get just a tad irrational and patriotic … assuming we do end up playing England. If not, I will be praying quietly

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

They are skilful and fast and well coached and tactical, but I still think there is something squeaky and gym-pumped about them, and I would say we should try to get them ruffled. How about that?

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

England look like gym-pumped wusses to me.
Annoying as hell, no style – let’s crush them … But not get carded!

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

Accountability remains an issue for MC.
MH comes out and fully owns the outcomes, leaving aside the Pooper debate, but MC does not show that he holds himself to account for selections, tactics, assessment of the opposing teams and the conditions and tournament situations – which most coaches treat as theirs to own, or co-own.
We all get being disappointed after a game, but this is meant to be pro sport.

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

i agree TMO was poor.
Poite not checking the intercept was ridiculously bad refereeing.
Poite hardly seemed to look at Wales line, but looked at us like a hawk.
Shame we have the world’s #2 who cries wolf in MC
#1 is still Phil K.
Problem with crying wolf is when there really is a poor refereeing night, and there always will be at some stage and tonight was up there, we have no bullets left in the cartridge; we fired them all night long every other night

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

Led by MC who cries wolf more than anyone, other than Phil K. Phil remains #1.
Welsh turned up to play, while we seemed to be cruising

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Wales

I am assuming England beats Argies

Nothing to lose: Why rugby has everything to gain from Toulouse at the World Cup

Yeah, and even if they lose in Le Crunch they still may pull off an upset later!

Nothing to lose: Why rugby has everything to gain from Toulouse at the World Cup

The choice of 10 & 14 is Cheika playing a double reverse psychology card, isnt it? I’m confused

Wallabies make major changes for Wales Rugby World Cup match

Very timely, Nick, nice analysis as always. I thought France played so fluently against the Argies. I was wondering why their odds are so long this year: their run of losses in the lead-up and who they lost to vs. their change of squad last minute; their retiring old head coach, etc… net net I thought hmmm, they’d have to slay a few over-commented-on favourites, but hey, i like that, and the fact that the majority punter thinks no way will they go all the way – thanks all…

Nothing to lose: Why rugby has everything to gain from Toulouse at the World Cup

Agree with your article, Brett.

At this stage the squad is pretty much settled, the skill levels are what they are, the speed is what it is. We’re going to win in our own wobbly way, while looking like we may lose any minute.

I thought JOC showed some skills and composure which i hope he maintains.

Rory Arnold played really well i thought, pretty unheralded.

Imperfect bonus point win the perfect Wallabies RWC start

I’m confused.
MC may as well have come out and said,
“This is how we play, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Nobody knows. Not me, or the players. But the great news is, Fiji Wales etc don’t know how we play. That’s the main thing isnt it?!”

Some good moments, up front and out back, due to individual commitment, not a cohesive plan or cemented combinations, imo. All up quite good, despite the overwhelming confusion.

Five talking points from Wallabies vs Samoa World Cup warm-up

“Maybe the selection panel allowed Cheika his way on this game with a deal to make sensible selections during the Cup?”

I thought something like that might be happening – makes no sense otherwise

David Pocock to captain as Wallabies name team for Samoa clash

agree that Powell and Maddocks are obvious better picks than Phipps and AAC

strange

MC is either a genius for RWC, throwing out a maze of deception on who and how we will play (while the squad secretly somehow know what to do), or a reckless nepotist

why have MOC and SJ agreed?

David Pocock to captain as Wallabies name team for Samoa clash

It reminds me of Moneyball, the movie.
Cheika is like the old scouts:
Clean-cut, good face.
Good-looking ballplayer.
He’s got a beautiful swing.
He passes the eye-candy test.
Got the looks.

There was a good story earlier in the year about this:

The Bald and the Beautiful: The case for Meakes and McCaffrey

The Wrap: Cheika plays his cards while Hansen still shuffles his World Cup deck

Stephen Hoiles and Rod Kafer both included AAC in their mock squads.

Really dont know why…

But they didnt screw up as bad as Cheika & co, because they included Banks, a no brainer.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/wallabies/rugby-championships-our-experts-pick-their-wallabies-squads-ahead-of-springboks-test-at-ellis-park/news-story/516b142ddce9b9b913ddb194cdcbc5d0

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup

I would have strongly preferred
– Banks for DHP
– just about any outside back for AAC

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Building…

Is Michael Cheika a saint, sinner or something in between?

Agree F.
His game plans don’t speak for themselves, or if they do they seem clunky / monotonous.

Is Michael Cheika a saint, sinner or something in between?

Great analysis Nic, as always.
I agree Banks to start at 15. Avoid DHP. Beale on the bench. Imo Beale is a 1-2/10 high ball, inconsistent 3-6 defence, 7-10 attack. DHP is a 6-9 high ball, 3-7 defence, 5-7 attack. Banks is 5-8 highball, 4-8 defence, 6-9 attack, hence my vote.
Then we need to add one speedster at the edge imo, on the bench. Not sure if Sefa Naivalu or Petaia, or Speight. Keep Korobeite and Hodge and JOC in the starting 15.
Please no AAC on the bench ever again pls, regardless of versatility etc. I would prefer we lost but had a real crack, than submit to risk minimising which won’t work anyway.

All Black to the future at Eden Park

Geoff I agree, he is not a goose overall and I continue to prefer him over Foley.

The Wrap: Normal order restored in Bledisloe Cup whitewash

Thx for the very good article, Geoff.
To state the obvious, the Wallabies do better when disciplined, don’t kick much, slow down the play, and build (which seems to be Cheika’s fave word).
This game showed that Wallabies should not mix it up and try to play AB style. No way. Especially in the rain. So there is a leadership deficit there. I don’t mind Hooper on a blinder night, but his rugby smarts are sometimes called into question. CLL was a bit of a goose I agree, and we were getting smashed at the breakdown etc etc BUT we need a captain on the field that can suss out and tell the players. For example, a good captain would have kicked for touch on the second penalty. He’s been criticised for not taking the points but it was a momentum play and he should have known, as an exception to the rule. Sure Eden Park is a nightmare of pressure, but that is a captain’s job.

The Wrap: Normal order restored in Bledisloe Cup whitewash