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Gotta love your glass-half-full attitude, Tooly. 😔

Wallabies casualty ward: Fainga'a concussion means Rennie is missing a staggering 17 players

Quadie was very good . His two passes to Neville went unnoticed.
Must have been long passes too, considering Neville was about four continents away.

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

Yes, sympathies to Allan.

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

Must have been a herd of cats.

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

If Lolesio is at 10, it might make sense from a cohesion POV to pick Simone at 12. They’ll be much better than in that Bledisloe shocker of two years ago. But Foketi would complement Lolesio too.

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

Paisami may be out too. 😔

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

I concur.

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

Hodge: ‘I genuinely am willing to play wherever the team needs me.’
Rennie: ‘How are you at tighthead prop?’

Rugby News: Wallabies double blow as prop flies home and Hunter set to miss out, Hodge happy in shadows

Or does Slips move to tighthead again??? But that would mean a Robertson/Gibbon combo at loosehead. Or Robertson plays a bit of tighthead, I think. Probably this is the moment to give Pone 15 off the bench if all is going well. Otherwise, Tupou will have to put in a big shift.

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

Haha! Locked, stocked and about five smoking barrels, which is a good place to be in comparison to even a couple of years ago, where it was more like scraping the barrel. Arnold and Rodda had gone, Simmons was about to go, Philip had barely emerged and Salakaia-Loto had mostly played 6. I’m so impressed by the way Philip and Swain have stood up in the last couple of years, and are now starting to look like leaders within the team (if you can excuse Swain’s red-mist moment, which I can.). Hooper the younger also looks a Test lock or lock/6 of the future.

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

Good one, Nick. Our lineout and the opportunities it creates is a real strength at the moment, thanks to our hardworking locks, along with Holloway at 6. South Africa will no doubt offer a stern Test in a couple of weeks’ time. The consistency of our cleanout at the breakdown still worries me, though. Not necessarily this weekend but when we face the teams ranked above us. I feel it’s an area that Swain and possibly Rodda still need to work on. Arnold would be ahead of them there, but Swain, Rodda and Frost presumably all have more upside. I don’t envy the selectors in trying to balance all these factors.

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

Nooooo! Will big Pone be up to the task?

ANALYSIS: Why the Wallabies are looking towards their tall timber

The women are so good to watch. Caslick, Levi the elder, Ashby, Nathan — all of them, really. Just need to fix the restarts. Sevens really seems to be a young player’s game. Teams need very regular renewal. Men did good stuff too but not accurate and consistent enough — a bit like the Wallabies. Bring on the Sevens World Cup!

Bittersweet Birmingham: Pleasure and pain for Aussie rugby sevens

The Reds don’t need to look for another Lynagh, Tooly. They already have one. Harrison’s not going anywhere.

Rugby News: Stewart shocker - Reds ace leaving but NOT for the Rebels, Holloway to debut for Wallabies, Porecki OUT

Pretty much it. 4. Frost might hold his spot given his terrific performance in Test 3 v England. 17. If not Robertson, Gibbon. 22. Gordon or McDermott. 23. Hodge.

Rugby News: Stewart shocker - Reds ace leaving but NOT for the Rebels, Holloway to debut for Wallabies, Porecki OUT

Especially Uru, considering he’s not even in Argentina!

Rugby News: Stewart shocker - Reds ace leaving but NOT for the Rebels, Holloway to debut for Wallabies, Porecki OUT

Shame there’s no free to air broadcast. Does that mean the away game v NZ will also be Stan only?

What time do the Wallabies play Argentina and how do you watch it

Maybe but I’d say not.

Love or loathe him, Hooper’s legacy will be forged in France

That’s the difference Cooper would have brought had he been fit — the organisation and composure to ensure we took our opportunities better. Not a criticism of Lolesio who is doing well considering his inexperience. Having said that, England were clinical in making us pay for our mistakes but they didn’t seem to create much. However, the result may paper over their cracks while the Wallabies’ work-ons are all too obvious.

WILL GENIA: Wallabies should have beaten England, and can win TRC, but Dave Rennie must start getting better results

Sorry … should have said ‘England were dominant in defence’.

WILL GENIA: Wallabies should have beaten England, and can win TRC, but Dave Rennie must start getting better results

Perceptive opinion piece from Will. It’s fair to say that England was not dominant in defence but the Wallabies set piece was mostly fine and they created plenty of opportunities. Just didn’t have the composure to finish enough of them and that came down to game-management in the main.

WILL GENIA: Wallabies should have beaten England, and can win TRC, but Dave Rennie must start getting better results

I’d have Uelese in the squad as well as Pollard. Yes Uelese’s been inconsistent but that’s mainly due to his injury history.

Rugby News: Stewart shocker - Reds ace leaving but NOT for the Rebels, Holloway to debut for Wallabies, Porecki OUT

Dont be surprised if he hangs up the boots altogether after France 2023. He’s been saying for a while that the physical wear and tear is starting to take its toll. Whatever happens, I hope he stays connected to the game in some capacity — and that the Hooper cloning program underway in RA’s secret lab is a success. 😛

Love or loathe him, Hooper’s legacy will be forged in France

There’s no doubt that legacies are forged by the fortunes of the team. If the Wallabies do exceptionally well in France then naturally that will colour how we see Hooper’s contribution. But I think that, whatever happens, many of us will see Hooper as the player who kept the fire burning during a very challenging time for the game in Australia — that will be at the heart of his legacy. It’s hard to compare players in different teams from different eras but there’s no doubt he’s an all-time Australian great.

Love or loathe him, Hooper’s legacy will be forged in France

Can’t see that excluding the last few words makes any difference to the point I was making, Oz, which is that Latu is a recidivist. Coleman has a duty to consider his ‘body of work’ on and off the field. I didn’t comment when the news first came out but Coleman’s comments struck me as entirely self-serving, and very disappointing. I love what he’s done with the team this year, but with this decision he’s risking the reputation of a team I’m hugely invested in that is just back on its feet after being dragged through the mud by the previous administration. Asking Latu to demonstrate that he has reformed before hiring him is not too much to ask.

Rugby News: Samu Kerevi injury stunner - likely out for the YEAR, Wallabies 'died wondering' vs. Poms, DC backs Latu

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