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The Tahs decision not to pursue Matera may have been because of money but I’m cautiously hopeful that it also signals a change in direction away from buying in stars as a short-term fix or marquee signing. Hopefully, Doorn and co have looked at the Brums and Reds and decided to build a dynasty rather than buy success.

The Wrap: Suncorp buzzes as Super Rugby final delivers three winners

As things stand, I believe o/s players would only receive a match fee (6k). In any case, using FIFO players is no way to build a Test team and Rennie has all but ruled it out.

Coach’s Corner Issue 11: Is it time to bring the Europeans back home?

Three-test series does ensure a winner … unless your team somehow comes up with three draws … oh wait! 😂

Wallabies and France to play condensed series

Also, they’re hoping for more than the 30,000 that Bankwest can take. I think the SCG takes about 45,000. Hopefully a big crowd will make for a good atmosphere. It’s a tricky ground for rugby, even in comparison to Optus Stadium and the Cake Tin

Wallabies and France to play condensed series

With three Tests in such a narrow window, there is bound to be a high degree of player rotation, which will be exciting. Imagine Hooper starting Tests 1 and 3, with McReight in Test 2. Or Koroibete/Petaia sharing starts on the left wing and Ala’alatoa/Tupou tight head.

Wallabies and France to play condensed series

The French series will be on FTA — Nine or Gem, as well as Stan. I’m sure they’ll go their bit with marketing as they have with SRAU, and Origin probably offers a great opportunity for cross-promotion.
Really looking forward to this series and to gauging where the Wallabies are v the north. Here’s hoping all supporters get behind the Wallabies no matter who is/isn’t selected.

Wallabies and France to play condensed series

Small but mighty.

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

Amazing the way Hooper keeps confounding his critics over the years. Long live the king!

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

DR does like a good jumper at 6, doesn’t he. But it would be disappointing if Valetini didn’t get a chance to show his stuff at Test level. With the possibility of 3 Tests in 11 days v France, we may see two completely different backrow combos in action.

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

Always an exception to the rule, Jez!

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

Watching scenes of irate Manchester United fans rebelling against their evil overlords, I wondered if this was the moment for aggrieved Tahs fans to similarly unite and march on the SCG with placards and pitchforks? Invading the Daceyville pitch probably wouldn’t get as much attention.

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

Maybe my imagination but Davis seems to be more interested in working against RA than he does in working for NSW Rugby. What better way to take the gloss off a shiny new broadcast deal than put out an uncompetitive team in Australia’s biggest rugby market.

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

Have to disagree with choosing a hybrid like Wright at 7. Has to be a specialist like Hooper or McReight, even though they don’t bring much to the line out. With two good second row jumpers, Wilson at 8 and the odd input from 6 or 7, it should be fine. Wright’s a good bench option, though.

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

What a year Rob Valetini is having! He was my Super MVP and surely he’ll be one of the first picked in Dave Rennie’s team for Test 1 v France.
Valetini looks like he’s completely confident in and clear on his role, which speaks loudly for the Brums’ system. Whatever backrow they put up against the Reds on Saturday, it should be a fantastic battle.

2021 has been the making of Brumbies back-rower Rob Valetini

Great reminder of all the turmoil at the Waratahs in recent years. Thanks, Jez. Whatever one thinks of Cheika, you can understand why he wanted to keep the the suits well away from the team! It’s worrying that the Tahs are now recruiting for a head coach with Davis still presiding over the mess. To my mind, he’s a bigger impediment to getting a quality candidate than the inexperienced player roster.

It is time for the Waratahs' Roger Davis to go

SMH and elsewhere: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-union/three-tests-in-11-days-mid-week-wallabies-tests-on-the-cards-against-france-20210429-p57nns.html
Challenging but not completely unlike the situation we face in a World Cup, where there are short turnarounds. Our depth has improved so I think we could field two decent teams.
I think Hooper is a fine captain, but I am concerned that, since Genia and Pocock’s retirements, the Wallabies have literally no one else with captaincy experience at Test level. Maybe James Slipper captained the Wallabies once in a friendly many moons ago, and I guess someone took over for the ten minutes Hooper was sinbinned last year, but that’s it.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

If reports of three Tests in 11 days v France are right, we’ll need two starting teams and two captains.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

No doubt a super-challenging few years for Dave Wessels, with the Force turmoil, integrating essentially two playing groups, trying to establish the Rebels in Melbourne and then the Covid disruptions. Clearly, Dave can coach and will have learnt a lot. Perhaps with Dave’s fairly reserved demeanour, he would benefit from sharing head coaching responsibilities with a louder personality who can knock heads together and shout a bit when needed. I think Dave himself said recently that the Rebels players had about the same concentration span as the under-9s team he’d coached!
Hopefully, Australian rugby doesn’t lose Dave for the long term.

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

It sounds like Wessels is staying within the Rebels outfit for the time being to effect a handover so hopefully it’s less disruptive for them than Penney’s sacking was for the Tahs. But still, only a couple of weeks out from the start of SRTT …

Dave Wessels resigns as Melbourne Rebels head coach

And the socks! Tizzano just lets the team down time and again with his poor sock skills.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Can’t believe the Aus is paying Jones to turn out the same article every week but won’t shell out for a quality rugby journalist!

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Tizzano’s tackle stats have been great, and he’s definitely been handy at the breakdown but you’re underestimating Hooper’s smarts at disrupting/slowing the ball. As for his linking and running game, he’s outstanding and has been for years. Tizzano has the potential to become a more rounded player and I look forward to seeing him develop.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Tizzano might feel he can learn more from Australia’s premier openside than he could if he went anywhere else, just as Hooper did when he joined the Brumbies so he could be mentored by George Smith.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Exactly right. Eight losses don’t tell the full story — the Tahs have played some enterprising and exciting rugby despite their limitations. And the crowds, while small, have got right behind them in
the last few weeks. It’s going to take time but good things are ahead.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?

Hooper back next year along with Hanigan. Gordon stepping up. Bell re-signed plus a heap of young guns have had a taste of Super Rugby. Lots of upside for an ambitious coach, whether that’s Gilmore or someone new. Just need to get rid of the deadweight chair and rejig the board to ensure Tahs are supported appropriately.

Tahs: What was I hoping for and what did I get?