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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.

I don’t disagree. I just think it is too late to change centres now.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

I know he’s ‘considered’ that way, but the boys on the Eggchasers have discussed it a fair bit, and apparently he actually misses around 30 per cent of his tackles at all levels and whether he plays 10 or 12. I think he’s considered a strong defender because he often goes for the big hit.

Tuilagi isn’t a super strong distributor. The biggest risk is an offload, I agree.

The reality is that the Wallabies are a possession based team. If we don’t get considerably more than 50 per cent possession, I would be surprised if we win.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

I wouldn’t go for a new centre combination in a World Cup quarterfinal, although I agree TK is the guy we need to shut down Tuilagi.

On the flip side, neither Ford nor Farrell are strong defenders (is Tuilagi?). So having Kerevi rum at them for 80 mins isn’t a bad prospect either.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

I disagree, I’d certainly play him if he’s our best 10. We have to be thinking about winning the next match, not just the final. So play the strongest team in every knockout match. However, I’d certainly have Quade in the squad to play 10 if Lealiifano’s body gives out at any point.

What’s crazy is that we never got to see whether the backline would work better with Quade at 10 rather than Lealiifano.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

Uelese will be able to assist Sio a lot in the scrums too. Certainly our strongest scrummaging hooker at this point.

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

Yeah, we can’t keep phoning in the first half. We were so good in the second half against Wales – let’s try and see that for 80 mins, or at least in the first 40, so we don’t lose it it by half time.

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

Meanwhile, Cheika doesn’t even think he can learn from opposition teams…

England hits back at Cheika over Stuart: 'You'd be stupid not to try and learn from him'

I don’t think they’re ‘accommodating’ him – bit of a condescending thing to say. I think that the coaching staff honestly think he’s the best 10, but unfortunately he isn’t the most durable.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

And given that TK is our best 13, it raises the question why we’ve never seen him outside JOC? I don’t know whether that would be better than JOC/Kerevi, but surely we should have at least tried it out.

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

Can’t watch it as I am abroad. What does he say exactly?

Michael Cheika's eyebrow-raising revelation about his dislike of opposition analysis

Quade did say that he didn’t think he would play again under Cheika, and then there was the ‘not enjoying his footy’ rubbish, so I think that for whatever reason Cheika must have stopped supporting/liking him?

Lealiifano concerned over ability to go the distance

Yeah, I don’t agree he is the pick, but understand why the coaches go for him. I obviously don’t agree with James about his scrum prowess 😛

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

I wouldn’t start Sio either

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

Great article, thanks Nick. I am very cautiously hopeful that we will enjoy set piece superiority over England (although I would feel more comfortable with the scrum if Faingaa or better yet Uelese was starting).

That said, I think Latu deserves a lot of credit for his excellent throwing.

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

I actually think we can beat England. I’d be relatively happy with the season and the World Cup if we can beat England and make the semis.

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

Meanwhile, Cheika doesn’t even bother watching the opposition.

Cheika 'baffled' by England's Ricky Stuart invitation

Yeah, I just can’t agree. Fiji’s results weren’t looking that good coming into the World Cup. People like Paul and myself were pretty confident in beating Fiji comfortably. I don’t think I’m particularly optimistic about the Wallabies either.

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

Personally, I didn’t think much of the Fijian side, and I think that was correct in hindsight. I think Toomua or even Foley could have handled Fiji comfortably.

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

Lol

The Wrap: Japan’s Blossoms do rugby and their people proud

I mean, it is possible, but as I said above, why wasn’t the plan to ensure that White and Lealiifano could play against Fiji? Just weird.

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

It just makes no sense, because surely if Cheika was managing his workload he would have rested Lealiifano against Fiji and instead played him against Wales?

Lealiifano sheds light on 'erratic' World Cup selections

You mean arriving at Link’s backline 6 years later 😛

Just their best performance of 2019: the Wallabies' simple quarter-final assignment

Not convinced about that mate. I think the Wallabies’ may have gotten it done through the forwards. Obviously, all hypothetical.

Just their best performance of 2019: the Wallabies' simple quarter-final assignment

And yet the backline looks better without him.

How the loss of Israel Folau has improved the Wallabies backfield

Great post. I think we needed to see 12. JOC, 13. TK in the rugby championship. Unfortunately, Cheika was too stubborn to try it. Another problem is that he doesn’t seem to understand how to use TK in attack.
An alternative, but equally good, Wallaby backline for this World Cup could have been;
9. White, 10. Quade, 11. Koroibete, 12. JOC, 13. TK, 14. Speight, 15. Banks. Much more speed, more distribution in the centres, stronger defensively from 12-14.

Just their best performance of 2019: the Wallabies' simple quarter-final assignment