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Everyone has to start somewhere, Geoff. Surely not a big leap from rugby columnist to Hollywood gossip writer. 😂 ScarJo looks like someone who’d appreciate a good game of rugby.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

Great article to wake up to. Thanks, Geoff. ScoJo’s insights make for interesting reading. When I was thinking about what I wanted from the Wallabies during the Bledisloe series, it was that they were right in the fight to the last whistle, so I’m pleased the coaches are on the same page.

The Wrap, Scott Johnson exclusive: How Rennie's 'humility' sets solid foundation for Wallabies

It just needs Beale to return for the Three Amigos to be reunited. 😱

Quade Cooper added to Wallabies squad as 'mentor' but available to play in Bledisloe Cup

It’s been established that Rodda’s departure wasn’t because of the pay cuts. We’re a year on, too, so resentment is highly unlikely.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

Bad news that JOC won’t be available for the entire Bledisloe series. I suppose they’re keeping him in the bubble so he can play in the RC if fit.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

Re Samu, they must be preparing for a full month and all Bledisloes in NZ, with no opportunity for replacements. Swinton injured his ankle so the obvious cover is Samu or Wright.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

They may be playing unofficial prob v poss games in camp, KP. Difficult for fringe squad members to stay match-ready otherwise.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

Thanks for passing that on, Geoff. Makes sense re TImani. Disappointing that Hosea still hasn’t convinced Rennie of his value as I understand he’s been in camp throughout the France series. Anyway, great opportunity for Frost.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

Frost in but no Timani or Hosea. Interesting.

Bledisloe Cup: One new Wallaby in 42-man squad for COVID-threatened All Blacks clashes

Hooper first played England (wearing striking rose-coloured jerseys) in 2012 when Robbie Deans was Wallabies coach — and made quite the impression!

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Dean, I got an email from the Tahs today saying a major recruitment announcement was due this evening. Haven’t seen anything on the socials yet but maybe it will be the top-class tighthead and lock.

Waratahs lure former forward back from Japan

Hodge got an 8 from me, too. Definitely our current Mr Fixit.

Wallabies vs France player ratings: Your verdict and how Will Genia saw it

Haha, yeah. Can’t imagine Hooper as a scary dude but would like to have seen Wilson, McDermott and co intimidated into silence. 😛

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

A good point. Somehow they need to get McReight some time so he’s ready if needed.

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Apparently, last year some of the senior Reds players wound up the newbies, telling them to mind Hooper as he was a bit of a tyrant. I think they’ve realised that’s not the case so they’re more at ease around him. Nice to see.

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Great piece, Nick. But had Hooper played exactly the same game and Lolesio had missed a kick or two, what would the narrative be then? Rain, hail or shine, Hooper’s been monumental for the Wallabies for a long time.

It was interesting to see his growing connection with McDermott, something that I hope flourishes over the season. Perhaps they instinctively recognise each other as like minds — both so wholehearted and intense.

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Fantastic news for Queensland. Whether they are in the Test squad or not, they are vital to the Reds.

Reds buoyed after re-signing key duo

While I don’t want to bundle Hooper onto a Tokyo-bound plane every year, the sabbatical away from constant scrutiny and pressure has done him the world of good. The issue is that he’s relied on so heavily (even apparently to keep Swinton playing nicely with the other kids) that there’s just been far too much on his shoulders. He and RA need to manage this so he can continue to perform at his most excellent best.

Wallabies break six-year series drought on the back of doing little things well

Very much agree, Ken. We saw last year what Wright had to offer. Just because he’s out of form now, doesn’t mean we won’t see the good stuff again. Same with Petaia at times, and maybe Paisami too. They’re all relatively young and probably just putting too much pressure on themselves. Experience is what they need, not kicking to the kerb.

Wallabies break six-year series drought on the back of doing little things well

Jones really looks like a goose (as if he didn’t already) after his most recent spray. Do the players have belief in Rennie? Um, that would be a yes.

Wallabies break six-year series drought on the back of doing little things well

Despite the red card, rugby was the real winner across the whole series, M. Super-competitive, some newbies on both sides proved themselves, lots of stuff to debate — and a Wallabies win!

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

It’s a break. Expected to be out for eight weeks.

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

Pretty sure no Wallabies match report on the main ABC news on Sunday. The lack of coverage has been noticeable in recent times but that will hopefully be fixed as rugby continues to improve its profile.

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

Lots to digest, Geoff. Thanks for the smorgasbord (or charcuterie board, maybe) of topics. Having been not entirely convinced by Salakaia-Loto in the past, I thought he really made his presence felt in Test 3. As for Swain — wow!

Hodge is an interesting case, a bit like Tupou’s in a way. He offers so much, he probably deserves a permanent starting spot. But perhaps that’s not his true calling, and he’s meant to be the Mister Fixit who solves whatever backline problem we have in any particular week. Anyway, very glad to have him in any capacity.

As for News Corp, everything you say is spot on. From a commercial perspective, I wonder at The Aus not finding a proper replacement for Wayne Smith. With its current underwhelming and often hostile coverage, isn’t it at risk of alienating rugby’s valuable A/B demographic that advertisers prize?

The Wrap: Will Marika Koroibete’s red card be the making of the Wallabies?

I’d just be happy with steady, continual improvement!

'That wasn't about rugby, it was about heart': Brave 14-man Wallabies' stirring win

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