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Thanks Dean. 17-odd years and still going strong.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Hi Masher, perhaps incumbent was a little bit of a stretch. White started six of the 10 Wallabies tests last year, but was on the bench for the WC quarter final. It’ll be an interesting battle for the 9 jersey when things return to normal.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Cheers Richie.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Thanks Pete.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Nice one Peter. Was that when he played at Singleton with Merrick?

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Hi M, indeed the south of France would be a great place to be based for a rugby fan. I made it to a Carcassonne game back in 2018 before Valentine came there. Good standard, good crowds, good value all-round.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Hi Realist, thanks for the comment. Who do you rate highest among the current crop of 9s?

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

Thanks Reilly. Yep, he’s been a way a long time.

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

You’re entitled to that view, Scott! Australia will definitely need to get their set piece right, including the line out. Three jumpers would be about the right amount, so I suppose selections will depend on who’s in form at the time and what players give them the best balance overall.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi Scott, upon his return I’d say Sean would be vying for a 6 or 8 jersey, not 7.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi Scott, Sean’s Super Rugby/Wallabies days were in the 6 & 8 jerseys. Australia prefers a fetcher at 7 and he doesn’t really fit that mould. Sean was often smaller than his opposite number, but punched above his weight.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Losing can be habitual, but so can winning. Hopefully one win will lead to another, then another, then another…

Lots to like about the Reds as they set themselves for Super streak

Thanks Charlie. I can’t see McMahon doing it, but Oz is a bit short of quality hookers so maybe somebody will. KM’s switch at 18-19yo turned out to be a great decision.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi B, he’s made 8 of the last 10 starts in the Top 14 for Stade, which is probably his best run there. He and Pablo Matera would be a handful in the backrow.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Yep, he’d definitely be a good yarn. Great career in Oz and abroad.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

38!

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Yep, he’s still there! Request noted.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Not sure Kanggas, but I’d say around 100.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi Pete, Wykes played in the short-season Top Challenge for the Shimizu Blue Sharks that finished up in January. They didn’t win a game after stepping up a division.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi AJ, unfortunately not much to tell about Duncan. He injured his achilles last August before playing a single minute for Toulon. No return as yet.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Toomua would be a wise choice at 10 for the Wallabies, I feel. He and JOC would be a solid 10/12 combo and great mentors for the rookies to learn from… Some interesting comments about Sio in the thread. It’s only been five games. Surely he’s earned a bit of patience.

Half a dozen rounds in, here are six Super Rugby takeaways for Dave Rennie and the Wallabies

Sam Carter is playing these days for Ulster in the Pro14. He dislocated his shoulder in November and underwent surgery soon after. Hopefully will be back soon.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Many thanks, M!

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Thanks Richie. Godwin is a good one. I’ll give him a burl.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon

Hi Harry, I’m a McMahon admirer too. Hopefully he can fire some more shots for the Wallabies a bit down the line. No luck with Gill so far, but I’ll keep trying him. Horvill retired last year! His last match was with Cambridge in the annual varsity match against Oxford. Cambridge won.

Aussie abroad: Sean McMahon