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Alaalatoa, Rodda, Hooper and TK our four key players now I think.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

They’ll regret it when he’s gone.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Regulation 9 or whatever it is?

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Agree, Nick. Think a creative 12 like JOC is definitely needed with a team like that though.

Would opt for a creative 12 and a player who is primarily an attacking runner at 15.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

I think 10 years total cumulative residency also qualifies someone.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Yeah, maybe after a full season out at super level he shouldn’t have been rushed into a World Cup, while he was uncapped.

Reds dealt massive blow as Jordan Petaia ruled out for the Super Rugby season

Hooper is still copping it endlessly over on GAGR. Crazy.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Sure, and Gordon has a great running game and Foley was a wizard in terms of support lines. But my point was that these are very much secondary (at best) skills for 9s/10s.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Don’t forget the ‘don’t you see how many tries [the scrumhalf in question] scores’. I mean, who cares? A great scrumhalf primarily sets up tries for the rest of the team, like Aaron Smith. It was the same problem I had with Foley – his fans constantly talking about how many tries he scored, as if that was the main role of a flyhalf.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

What do you mean ‘not the Australian interpretation’?

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Or he has to accumulate 10 years residency overall.

Passports/citizenship don’t seem to matter to eligibility do they?

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

17 = minor.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

As I understand it it is because he broke his residency in Australia by moving to Japan? It seems crazy though given he moved here when he was a minor.

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

Thanks, Nick. I’ve long been concerned about people touting Gordon as Australia’s up and coming halfback. Last week’s match and your excellent article just reiterated this. You can’t, or at least shouldn’t, pick a halfback for his running game, if he has a substandard passing game. Louwrens is an excellent 9 and I am disappointed he is no longer eligible for the Wallabies. Ah well, such is life. At least he will not play for 12 months straight.
To pick up something at the end of your article, what would you say Beale’s strength is these days?

The problems with the Waratahs' spine

The fact he was given a ban literally means the referee made a bad decision in not giving him a red card.

Tomkinson handed three-week ban over Banks hit

That’s exactly what everyone has been saying for years. For every match.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

He should move back to the Brumbies 😛 . Guarantee you a lot of the criticisms of him would stop if he did.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

I reckon he can do it in 2 years time. That kid has such a massive future.

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

Yeah, I mean, the Waratahs and Wallabies were great until April last year. It isn’t like Wallaby results improved immensely on the previous year when Folau was available.

Oh, wait…

Horror weekend for Australian Super Rugby teams makes Castle's broadcast rights a hard sell

I’ve had plenty of good coaches in my time and plenty of poor ones. The poor ones often had very narrow views of what ‘good training’ was and often only managed to get the best out of a precious few players. The best coaches were more accepting of different personalities and created environments where more players flourished. So-called ‘poor trainers’ could be wonderful in these environments. I obviously don’t know what Timani was like in training, but he never came across as a selfish or entitled player on the field. Makes me wonder whether the coaches bear responsibility for not getting the best out of him. George Smith was another who had a reputation as a poor trainer when he was younger. But then you hear guys like Haskell gushing about what a great influence he was as a player in his later career. Either he did a complete 180, or he wasn’t such a poor trainer after all.
Thorn is one that I am worried about in terms of the environment he has set up. We hear so much about how focused he is in environment, and many All Blacks fans sing his praises for what he’s doing at the Reds. Jacko is a particular fan of Thorn at the Reds. But the team doesn’t have a winning culture, doesn’t exemplify discipline on the field and it looks from the outside like an inflexible, unforgiving culture where it’s either Thorn’s way or the highway.
Anyway, I think that’s enough garbled musings for one day…

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Jez, I wonder whether a stint in European rugby would be wonderful for Hooper? The bloke has had so much pressure on him for so long (including being captain, a role that did not suit on him any way of the Tahs and the Wallabies) while playing in terrible teams that he looks incapable of just relaxing and enjoying his footy. The only problem is, imagine if he then didn’t want to come back?

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

The only limited period of success that Cheika enjoyed with the Wallabies after the World Cup was that period with Hooper and McMahon in excellent form in 2017. I think Lopeti Timani was playing with them too. Maybe he wasn’t sufficiently appreciated at the time? Seemed to me like he was a good player who could have offered more.

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

Nick, out of interest, how do you think Hooper and McMahon (from a couple of years ago) would compare against those current NH guys -would either or both have a shot at making a Lions 15 or 23 (if they were eligible)?

2020 coaches: Who will we see the best of?

No. The Reds have been unable to turn extended periods of absolute set piece domination into points. Pointing fingers at ‘luck’ and the refereeing is simply providing excuses for the fact that the team has not been able to attack.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?

Harrison may well be a better 10 than Lolesio at the Wallabies. But you have to have seriously blue tinted glasses to claim Harrison looks better than Lolesio based on super rugby performances up to now.

Agree on Beale. I shake my head every time I read calls for him to make the squad. The one worry I have about Penney is that he made Beale VC.

Too soon for doom and gloom at Waratahs?