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Oh, right, I remember now, he’s in Japan isn’t he?

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

You’re in for a very tough EOYT then.

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

Why would you need an intense training programme right after three tough tests against England?

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

It’s why I think Ireland will beat the Boks in their RWC pool game. Their game isn’t totally dependent on ‘winning the gain line collisions,’ although, of course, they can’t win if getting completely stuffed there.
Not sure it matters much, though. Who would you want in a QF, NZ or France? Bit of a toss-up really.

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

Whatever Philip’s attributes, he’s not going to ‘tire the opposition’ over 80 minutes more notably than any other of your locks. Not the top 10 sides anyway. The number of carries will remain about the same regardless of how many each individual makes.

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

The whole jettisoning of Foley thing rather passed me by (either because I’m in England, or too old to remember). I know that I was critical of a lack of WB kicking game when Foley was ’10’ but was that the reason behind getting rid?

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

Johnson was too inexperienced a coach to be appointed to the England job. You can’t ‘learn on the job’ coaching a Tier 1 country.
Regarding, Lancaster, no coach can expect to survive after failing to get out of the group at a home RWC.

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

A clear view with regard to Rennie needs to be taken NOW and stuck with. Because, in my view, the WBs are in for a tough time the rest of this season. They now have four games against Boks/ABs.
They then go on an EOYT to the NH. This year (the one before a RWC) is probably the strongest in the RWC four-year cycle in the north (no Lions tour and gearing up for the RWC). The WBs will be without Cooper, Koroibete, Kerevi and probably Hooper, plus however many additional injuries they pick up in the next four games.
I’d be surprised if they won more than 3 out of the next nine. In the EOYT they face Scotland, France, Italy, Ireland and Wales.
Lots of losses and the response might create a momentum of its own. So the question is, do people think Rennie is broadly on track for France 2023 regardless of short-term results?

Wallabies losses like San Juan help build the case against Dave Rennie

Another way of looking at it is why did it take Cheika, of all coaches, until the 2nd test to alight upon the ‘radical’ notion that the WBs struggle with a contestable kick strategy.

REACTION: 'Masterclass,' 'perfect game plan, perfectly executed' - Cheika sticks the boot into bewildered Wallabies

He looks to me like he might have an attitude problem. That missed tackle for one of the early tries was the definition of ‘phoning it in.’
The prospect of Marx and co might galvanise him – which would sort of prove the point.
Well done to your blokes, by the way.

Aus vs Arg studs and duds: 'Outright calamity' - part-time No.15 fails basics, TT dominated, Rennie feels heat

While England certainly won’t be taking Argentina lightly in France 2023, I think Jim might end up being a little disappointed about how it pans out.

ANALYSIS: Rennie must take leap of faith in Campbell and Beale to solve Wallabies' worrying fullback puzzle

Tupou gives me the impression of a man who’s been reading his own press far too much.

Aus vs Arg studs and duds: 'Outright calamity' - part-time No.15 fails basics, TT dominated, Rennie feels heat

The ARU, WBs fans and media are going to have to hold their nerve over the next 5 months, because things are going to get grim.
Their fixtures are 2 against the Boks, 2 against the ABs, then Scotland, Italy, France, Ireland and Wales away.
This is the year in the RWC cycle when the NH teams are normally at their best on the EOYT.
This EOYT there’ll be no Koroibete, Kerevi, Cooper, and I’d be very surprised if Hooper travels. There are other injuries and you’re bound to pick up one or two more in the next four games.
I’d be very surprised if the WBs got higher than 30% wins for the rest of the season.
So you all need to decide NOW if you’re broadly on the right track for France 2023, not after you’re buffeted by lots of losses.

REACTION: 'Masterclass,' 'perfect game plan, perfectly executed' - Cheika sticks the boot into bewildered Wallabies

No you don’t, Jacko. You know they haven’t won one before. A month ago you ‘knew’ Ireland would never win a series in NZ.

All Blacks team: Mo'unga to start, young prop in line for debut, Frizell named at No.6 over Ioane

I don’t see how you can be ‘sure.’ The ABs will play either South Africa or Ireland in the QFs. Now, the ABs will have a great chance in that game, but ‘sure’?

All Blacks team: Mo'unga to start, young prop in line for debut, Frizell named at No.6 over Ioane

I’d slightly disagree that the AB problems have been accepted since 2017.
I remember suggesting after the lions series that the AB pack was on the decline and it would cost them big in 2019, and all the Kiwis on here thinking it was the funniest thing they’d ever heard.

The Thursday Two-up: Recalibrate, reset, or full steam ahead?

Are you going to significantly ‘fatigue the Bok pack’, relatively, when they always run with a 6:2 split on the bench?

The Thursday Two-up: Recalibrate, reset, or full steam ahead?

‘Running teams off their feet’ only works if you’ve got a very significant fitness edge. A case could have been made that the ABs had this a decade ago – but now?
I strongly suspect that if you look at the top 7 or 8 teams aerobic data, they’d be much of a muchness.

The Thursday Two-up: Recalibrate, reset, or full steam ahead?

Probably, the better question is should WB fans be cutting their team quite as much slack? There are a number of self-inflicted wounds. Allowing Kerevi to go to the Commonwealth Games seems madness. Presumably, it’s the ARU who put the cap on only 3 overseas players being in the squad. And is it entirely ‘fate’ that there isn’t an experienced back-up for Cooper? Putting all the eggs into the basket of a fly-half who is rarely available because he plays in Japan, has an iffy injury record, and will be nearly 36 in France comes with not exactly unforeseeable risks.

Wallabies casualty ward: Fainga'a concussion means Rennie is missing a staggering 17 players

I would send Pone back and get Edmed and To’omua into the squad.
That would be ET Pone home.
I’ll get my coat…

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

‘Every team suffers injuries, but none of the leading nations have a list as bad as this one.’
England team of players not available for 3rd test against Australia:
1. Marler
2. Dolly
3. Sinckler
4. Itoje
5. Launchbury
6. Curry
7. Underhill
8. Dombrandt
9. Quirke
10. Ford
11. May
12. Tuliagi
13. Slade
14. Watson
15. Daly

Wallabies casualty ward: Fainga'a concussion means Rennie is missing a staggering 17 players

It should be a good game, Suzy. The Smith/Farrell axis is a work in progress. It’s not there yet by any means. The Bok pack looked very tasty last Saturday, and I really liked the winger that got sent off.
It was interesting that Eddie Jones and Proudfoot were at the Bok-NZ match. I suspect Eddie still has sleepless nights about over-focussing on the ABs for 3 years and missing the renaissance of the Boks under Erasmus. Whatever happens, he’s not going to make that mistake again.
England’s fixtures in EOYT are Argentina, Japan, NZ and Boks, in that order. It mirrors a possible RWC sequence. Certainly, England can’t complain about the draw. Pool B looks tough. Even Tonga will inflict some bruises.

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

Yeah, Anthony Watson, the England winger, was out for 14 months with a ruptured Achilles. Now, all injuries are slightly different, but I’d be surprised if he lined up in France. You don’t want the England Tuilagi situation – waiting for Manu.

WILL GENIA: How Wallabies should react to Quade shocker, potential 'superstar' and 'incredible' backrower excel

I’ve so many ‘lines’ way above your level of education, Ouch, that I’m not going to bother delivering any of them. You crack on, mate.

What if the British Empire had an international sports team?

😂 😂
Of course you would…

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

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