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Who is Bernard Foley's understudy?

It is clear Bernard Foley will be the Wallabies’ first choice 10 unless some Stephen Larkham-esque talent is unearthed. However, it is still necessary to invest in a strong understudy should injury occur or Foley suffer a decline in form.

Good point. From the sound of things Liam Gill will be available as well in case Pocock or Hooper are injured.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, Jez.

Best case scenario is that we Jones, Dempsey, Naisarani, Valetini and Timu all fully fit and fighting for 6/8 (actually, best case scenario is Fardy returning, but fat chance now!). But we could easily have one or more of them injured, sadly..

However, if they are all fit then that is a wealth of riches we have not had for a long, long time.

The 10 situation could be better too, if Quade is fully fit and playing for Melbourne and Lealiifano plays next year how he finished this season (certainly Australia’s form 10 in the last 4-5 rounds).

Tui, Simmons, Arnold, Coleman and Rodda competing for the second row spot. Personally, I feel like Simmons and Arnold may be our best combination unless Coleman’s form improves hugely. Jones will almost certainly make the 23 I would have thought as he can cover lock and 6.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

We don’t know yet whether Coles will be able to come back to anywhere near his old level.

Only time will tell.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Was that the case, Mark? Interesting, but I’m not surprised. Of course he has gone and disproven Cheika in Ireland. Good on him – he’s valued there in a way that he wasn’t under Cheika.

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He isn’t match fit though. I would still take him on tour though I think, and hope that he is okay…

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I think we basically have to pick him, our set piece is that bad right now.

Yet again, however, we have to groan at Cheika letting first Fardy and then Timani go, however. Those are guys that would clear rucks and could combine well with Pocock so that we aren’t playing two many poor breakdown exponents.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Thanks for yours though, Tsuru, it was exactly the sort of comment that I was hoping for!

An Indigenous Australian team should be considered for Western Sydney

I honestly believe that that gives Australia a chance then. I think with an-inform and fully fit Brodie the All Blacks are virtually unbeatable unless the other team plays a near flawless match and a bit of luck goes against the All Blacks too. Without Brodie, I think that the All Blacks are beatable. It is still exceedingly difficult, but it is doable.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Mzilikazi, RA wouldn’t offer him a top up as you had to have been a Wallaby for three seasons or something.

However, at the exact same time they offered Folau a top up despite him also having made his debut in 2013, and it being his first year in the sport. Was an absolute joke, and I fully believe the ARU backed the wrong horse in that instance if it was a straight up choice between the two of them. Mowen brought a down to earth humbleness, willingness to learn, leadership, ability to work hard and integrity that the Wallabies have lacked for a long time.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I can fully understand that argument. I hope for some interesting conversation in the comments that I can use to refine and determine my opinion.

An Indigenous Australian team should be considered for Western Sydney

An interesting argument I’ve heard is that the First People/culture of a country should get privileges above the cultures that come later via immigration (and please no on tell me that Indigenous people by definition immigrated to Australia also… I don’t want to hear it).

I also think it could be a great way to increase Indigenous interest in rugby – something we need at present, when rugby league and Aussie rules have far more Indigenous representation. I think it would be cool.

An Indigenous Australian team should be considered for Western Sydney

And yet Grey will continue as full time defence coach according to everything I’ve heard.

I fear the All Blacks will eat the Wallabies alive.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Plenty of people have migrated from Europe to Australia for centuries… Far more than have permanently gone from Australia to Europe.

That being said, it looks like he is pretty established and happy there. Seems unlikely he would come home now.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I think Barnes’ matches flow the best, I really liked how Joubert refereed the breakdown and Owens is very clear in his communication to the players. Three very good referees, and soon two of the three will have retired.

I’ve been impressed by Rasivhenge in super rugby though, he and Gardner and two good upcoming southern hemisphere referees.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Us Brumbies fans appreciated it, Nick. We all did here in Canberra I can assure you. He should still be Wallaby captain (although I agree with you, Riddler, that after he was let go, Fardy should have been made captain, at least after the World Cup).

Riddler, I don’t hold grudges against anyone, to be honest. And I don’t think anyone should be held accountable for the poor actions of other people of their country, especially from years or decades earlier.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Joubert was my favourite before he retired.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Some of the scrum refereeing by Murphy against the Brumbies on Sunday looked wrong even to me – someone who spent most of his time in the backs.

I’m actually semi-optimistic about the Vikings beating the Drua. I think we can do it with a little luck.

The four we always suspected are through, but who makes the NRC final?

Well, fingers crossed, but I’ve started believing and Be been burned far too many times by a Cheika’s Wallabies. Easier to be optimistic as a neutral observer, I think. I’m taking solace in how wonderful the Boks’ improvement have been, and will follow them as closely as (if not closer than) the Wallabies on the spring tour.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I feel like there has been a lot of attention paid to our lack of 6s and 8s, riddler. Really, it is 6 to 14 that we’re struggling with. We’re okay from 1-5 and 15.

Hopefully it changes with Dempsey’s comeback, Luke Jones returning to Aus, Naisarani becoming eligible, Valetini being a year older and Timu with another year of rugby.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I hope you’re right about then learning and the lessons sticking… but rather like other seeming ‘improvements’ we’ve seen from Cheik’s Wallabies in the past, like the kicking game in the first Irish test, these often disappear into oblivion by the next match. I wonder whether it might not have been adrenalin and motivation in the second half in Salta, rather than a great tactical shift.

It’d be nice if the Wallabies had a Michael Lynagh right now.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Very nice trip down memory lane… Sadly, very limited evidence that Cheika’s Wallabies are capable of intelligence in their play or that any of the coaching staff are in any way tactically astute at this level.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Yeah, I had thought that, generally speaking, Australian spellings were used in Australia…. Crazy thought, I know.

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I don’t think Larkham will get the job at this point. I suspect that the next coach will rightfully be a foreign coach.

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*Like*

Unfortunately though here, I think you’re wrong, Geoff. I hope you’re right, however.

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I think they’re all fair comments, especially regarding Petaia. But I suspect Thorn might have him on the wing initially which makes it tough for him to forge an immediate career as a centre.

Hope he isn’t hurt by his utility value like Hodge seems to be though. Played both centre and fullback in the NRC already…

World Cup might be a bit earlier for Valetini, but fingers crossed…

I actually loved that NRC match. An old school mud fest. It was great.

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