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Great stuff, Nic. Bring on this series. Eight daya and counting…

Coach’s Corner special: what will England bring to the party in July?

Interesting thoughts about Banks re playing against stronger oppo. I’m critical of him in some respects… i think he’s too conservative with his penalty touch-finders, and that missed draw and pass to Wright versus the Blues was a bad one. But I think he’s gotten better and better every year, and probably deserves first shot against England.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

JU is a big omission!

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Back to club footy for him.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Is eligible for the WBs next April.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

I had him on my bench, but he didn’t make it. Excellent pilferer, and showed some skill with a lovely offload last game. I suppose he’ll be turning out for the Rats instead.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Ryan McCauley got the nod. No Blyth.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Yes, he certainly could but I think the selectors will keep steering towards Kerevi, Koroibete, Arnold and Skelton. There’s quite a few domestic options at fullback moving forward. In saying that, I’ll be sorry to see Banks go.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Good call on Faessler and Pollard. I thought the latter was a shot but not MF.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Agreed, Nicko. He didn’t get selected this time, but higher honours await in the future.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Small, indeed. I attended a game there in 2017. Nice club, nice ground (with synthetic surface), but too small. I didn’t know that the Loftus Road idea was floated. I think Wasps might have used that ground once upon a time.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Probably a stepping stone, Jez. Jordy Reid had a season or two with the Trailfinders and is now flying with the Cherry and Whites in the English Prem.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Harsh, Mirt! Or are you an Irishman dropping his aitches?

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Haha! He’s got some very good attributes to compensate, though.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Good personnel on the staff with Parling. They could do plenty worse than a couple of QLDers at 4 and 5.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

I guess it’s a matter of who the selectors fancy. It’s tough to split TE, RP and BD. Carter Gordon is another player who’s shown a bit. Good problem to have.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Fair enough to push Campbell’s case, ZC. I disagree re Banks. I think he’s our beat bet at fullback at the moment. True that he wont be an option next year.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Michael Hooper done, Tooly? Big call… if that’s what you’re implying.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

I think the PNC is a good call, also playing against visiting international teams in midweek fixtures like the Maori ABs do.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Fotuaika has a few seasons of SR under his belt now. Maybe he’ll get the call tomorrow…

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Doubtful, i feel. It’s an incentive to stay if they know they have a chance of making these teams.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

I see what you mean, but not if they get crushed! It’s a balancing act.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

Interesting thought, Piru, but I think that they’d like to have the flexibility of being able to select players coming back from injury, or using veterans in positions where they’re otherwise thin.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

July 2 vs Samoa in Suva
July 9 vs Fiji in Lautoka
July 16 vs Tonga in Lautoka

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

In SRP, yes. Hanigan had just come off a full season in Japan so was pretty seasoned when he turned out for the Tahs.

Australia A is back. Who are they going to pick?

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