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Hello there, I\'m a passionate Wallabies follower (Which is no easy task as you all know) and follow Rugby Union. I have been reading the Roar for the past two years now and find it very interesting informative. I would love to have an opportunity to be a part of this rugby community if given a chance to share my thoughts and indulge in some rugby nous thanks to the experts.

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I think with current potential the backline leading to the 2023 WC cup will look something like this. But all depends on who takes over from Cheika. I could be wrong though.

9. J. Powell / Gordon
10. H. Stewart
11. J. Maddocks
12. S. Kervi
13. R. Hodge
14. I. Perrese
15. T. Banks

A bloody marvellous win by the Wallabies

I’m afraid that might be the case, given that Hooper and Pocock are guaranteed to start if both are fit alot of the Wallaby success until the World Cup will depend on who is chosen to partner Pooper. I agree that Tui wont do and S. Higginbotham wont be selected. There is also no reason to believe that S. Fardy and S. McMahon will be called back. That leaves very few options left where no one stands out in particular.

– J. Dempsy
– C. Timu
– N. Hanigan

Who do you think has the best potential out of this lot to fill in the role? Or do you think they will stick with Tui?

Will the Wallabies feel the need for speed after Eden Park?

Thanks for the article Nick, insightful stuff as usual. I know this is a big if but what you think of the prospect of a back row of 6. Pocock, 7. Hooper and 8. Nasarani. This combination would have the speed in defence factor covered I believe and add some ball carrying ability with Nasarani. But it all depends on how Nasarani goes in super rugby and in the Rugby Championship next year. Do you think it’s too soon get him to the equation?

Will the Wallabies feel the need for speed after Eden Park?

I think with a realistic view the Wallabies should be looking to build a team which looks like this for the world cup, given that some selections are guaranteed best to accept and work around it.

1. S. Sio
2. J. Ulese (Needs plenty of game time and good form leading up to the WC)
3. T. Topou (Needs to mature faster than expected into a starting role to fill lack of impact)
4. R. Simmons (For line out calling)
5. A Coleman (His workload needs to be manged – Looks tired)
6. C. Timu / L. Tui / J. Dempsy
7. M. Hooper
8. D. Pocock (Don’t mind switching him to 6 at times depending on the game)
9. W. Genia
10. B. Foley
11. M. Korobite
12. K. Beale
13. T. Kurudrani
14. I. Folau (Although I suspect he will be kept at 15)
15. D.H.P (Back to the wing if Folau plays 15)

16. T.P.N (For experience)
17. T. Robertson / J. Slipper (Not many other options here)
18. S. Kepu / A. Alatoa
19. R. Arnold / I. Rodda / M. Phillips
20. C. Timu / L. Tui / J. Dempsy / N. Hanigan(One of them to start preferably not Ned)
21. N. Phipps / J. Gordan / J. Powell (Whoever has best form at the time)
22. S. Kervi / M. Toomua / R. Hodge (Hodge will only be starting post WC)
23. T. Banks / J. Maddocks (Depends on who develops more by mid next year)

The Wallabies need to look at this as the backbone for the WC squad and keep improving on individual skills and game plan and execution with this lot. Big changes needed post WC though.

Brilliant Beauden Barrett bags All Blacks another Bledisloe Cup

Thanks for the article NB, a very timely and accurate one at that too.

Why Michael Hooper is the Six Million Dollar Man

I think Cheika had already decided at the time that Beale was going to be his 12 post world cup, just like he is doing with Hodge right now. The unique problem Aus seem to have is that their best players are specialized in the same role. Just look at Pocock, Hooper, Gill and McMahon (I’ll stop with him when it comes to No. 7’s. Then we’ve got Beale, Toomua and Kervi for Inside Center. And none of them are complete all round players so there is no clear choice, there is always a trade off in selecting one. So in a case like this I don’t blame Cheika for persisting with his preferred option. The Wallabies can only benefit by having players like Cooper and Toomua around at this point even though they are not Cheika’s first choice picks.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Cheers Harry. Yes because it’s not something that comes naturally to them, so needs extra focus and work on the areas you mention. Although I’m happy that they are trying to inject this aspect to the game even if it’s weak at the moment. Can only get better from here if they keep doing the right things.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

If that is the case then based on this years results no one in the squad fits into the way he wants to play. Just pointing out Thorn’s own logic.

Brad Thorn's selection policy has him on the right track for a Reds resurrection

Jacko, so I’m guessing that what you are trying to say is that everyone else at the Reds now are good players?

Brad Thorn's selection policy has him on the right track for a Reds resurrection

Agree on the first point. But I wouldn’t pick Ford and Pollard over Foley. I would pick Quade Cooper over him though 🙂

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Cheers Slow Eater. Agree the chances are slim at this stage, but if the rest of our game can improve and develop an all round game plan there’s still a chance. Foley might not be the best but he is not the worst either. Just need to make up for it in other aspects.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

That is good news Peter. I’ve always rated Toomua. I would prefer him as a 12 but since Beale is going well there 10 will do. At least no harm in trying.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

True, perhaps in these situations the the intended runner could stand a bit deep so he can run on to the ball with momentum which will enable quicker ball in the next phase.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Agree with all your points PeterK, although it’s not practical to replace Foley from starting this close to the world cup. The Wallabies will have to work around this problem for the moment. Mainly because I don’t think the coaches see it as a problem.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Fair point Ralph, although the All Black forwards are much more dominant in ball carrying, even if it’s from a standing start.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Cheers Ralph, my take on this is that whilst there has been an improvement in this area, there are still one of forward carries and the ball carrier gets tackled behind the gain line due to the lack of momentum. This then causes either slow ball, turn over or a penalty for holding on most of the time.

What the Wallabies need to fix during the Rugby Championship

Jacko, It’s fair to say that you haven’t understood the essence of this article. Nothing of what you have stated is implied in this article. So in this case it’s pointless discussing this any further.

This article is about the improvement Aus teams have shown against the NZ teams compared to the previous few years and analyzing what the reasons for that maybe. Your comments might be valid for another article but not this one.

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

Jacko, what is your explanation on the last three Bledisloe games then? Did you not see the significant improvement from the Wallabies over the same opposition over three games? And the Blues are just one team, where as Nic was referring to all the Aus super rugby teams and the Wallabies as a whole, which is very clear to anyone who read the article. What the article states is that in comparison to the past the nature of the games between the two countries have been much closer apart from the odd game. And I think the majority agrees with him.

And BTW, coming up with a formula to beat NZ teams is not rocket Science. Where teams including Aus fail from time to time is executing the formula accurately on a consistent basis.

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

Maybe you should read the article again, and this time try to pay more attention Joseph!

Have Australia found the formula to beating New Zealand?

Kirky, remind me again how many RWC’s Ireland have won or finals they have reached?

Nine talking points from Wallabies vs Ireland first Test

Agree that results should’t be the main focus this year. However it’s time for the progress to start showing now. There are glimpses of brilliance shown when everything clicks but a big lack of consistency and cohesion. which needs to be fixed net year. More work to do on selection and tactics. Improvement on squad dept at most positions and add to the fact the returning players next year. All these tough losses should also count for something in terms of lessons learnt and mental strength. Reminds me a bit of the the Waratahs pre championship early stages. Brilliant in one game and awful in the next. Hope they can get it together in 2018 starting with a successful Rugby comp.

The other thing is Cheika cant effort to only just have another good WC run. He needs to have an extremely 2018 and 2019 to be able to say that his stint was successful if he moves on post WC. The June tests next year might very well define Cheika’s success.

Scotland slaughter woeful Wallabies 53-24

Fionn, a fair assessment of the time he has had to re build should be considered as 2 years considering the 2015 was just about the RWC and all short fixes. But two years is a decent enough period to see improvement and consistency within the team. I still have a little hope left that we might see the results of these last two years in 2018 and leading into the world cup. Given selection and tactical changes which I am hoping is part of Cheika’s plan. However we will see if that’s the case with Ireland next year. If we don’t hit the ground running against Ireland and win convincingly I fear there might not be enough time to get it right before the WC and Cheika’s tenure will can be classed as not successful.

About the game last night, not only Cheika but the entire squad has to take responsibility for the result and the manner of it. Was very difficult result to digest specially when you have stood behind the coach and the team with everything that has been going on. So let’s wait and see.

Five talking points from Scotland vs Wallabies

It’s a shame Hogg wasn’t nominated for the WPY award.

Scotland vs Wallabies Spring Tour Test preview and prediction

Crash Ball2, what we are seeing is not disagreement or opinions. It is unfair bashing and personal attacks as Cynical Play pointed out. If it were just opinions or disagreements there wouldn’t be a problem.

Michael Cheika deserves a break - and our respect

Couldn’t have said it any better Cynical Play.

Michael Cheika deserves a break - and our respect