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Koroibete’s red card was overturned, as you well know, Numpty, and most of Hooper’s yellows were for an accumulation of team penalties. They’re not dangerous players. Skelton, on the other hand, is a huge man and his disregard for others’ safety should alarm RA. Rushing him into the squad on the back of a five-week suspension is poor. I’d like to see him free of red cards for two years before considering him.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Four-week red card suspension in 2020, five weeks in 2021. Given his experience and size, it sets an appalling standard. But he didn’t select himself in the squad. Rennie and Johnson decide what’s acceptable.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Useful in assessing their playing value to the squad but not in setting high standards, unfortunately.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Always a meaty Friday read — thanks Nick. Latu’s value was evident at the last RWC and I can understand Rennie’s interest. The issue for me is reputational. Latu’s driving offences to date have not caused physical injury/death only through sheer luck. Will he be lucky a third time or will RA wish they’d overruled Rennie and protected the Wallabies reputation? Skelton, meanwhile, is being rushed from five weeks’ suspension into the Wallabies’ squad. It’s simply a terrible look. There’s sympathy for Rennie needing some relaxation of eligibility restrictions in the current environment but I wish he’d stuck at the two picks outside the Giteau Law agreed last year and just selected Kerevi and Arnold.

Coach’s Corner Issue 30: How Tolu Latu can get even more from Taniela, and Eddie's big decision

Some encouraging words here for Petaia. Nice work, Tigerland. We all put too much pressure on talented young players. Kellaway also battled with the weight of early expectations. Interestingly, Petaia actually seemed very composed when he first started playing Test rugby under Cheika — on the biggest stage of all. If you recall, after a couple of short stints on the wing during the pool rounds, he started at outside centre in the RWC QF and didn’t look out of place at all. Anyway, good luck to Petaia and the whole team for Japan and beyond.

An open letter to Jordan Petaia: Forget about being the 'next big thing' and enjoy the ride

Thanks for asking, Tony.

Rugby World: What SBW owes to Mundine and Wilkinson, McMahon out of Japan clash, Faf's woe

QC with some fast food!

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

Wondering if Arnold, Skelton and Latu will be fully vaxxed before joining the Wallabies.

Rugby World: What SBW owes to Mundine and Wilkinson, McMahon out of Japan clash, Faf's woe

The QC influence and Tupou’s family might have been factors but apparently two Big Macs clinched the deal with the Reds. Never underestimate the power of food in negotiations with front rowers. 😂

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

A great topic to debate — thanks, Nick. It’s good to see Tupou’s growing appetite for grunt work. Possibly, Rennie may opt for a horses for courses approach in how AAA and Tupou are used — taking into account opposition, tactics and the heavy ball carriers he has available. AAA’s consistency and leadership are surely highly valued. One other thing — and I may be utterly wrong — but do Tupou’s best all-round performances tend to be at Suncorp? It will certainly be interesting to see how he fares up north.

Is Taniela Tupou top of the props?

Yes, until a global season is agreed (probably never) and something else gives way, it’s impossible to see how this could happen.

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

I’ve read that, although their squad is close to final, their pre-season won’t start until mid-Dec due to late-running of the NPC. This sounds remarkably late for a team starting from scratch, particularly when established teams start pre-season in October (I believe).

New Super Rugby franchise set to name inspirational Lealiifano as first captain

To me, holding it every four years damages the integrity of the proposal. Would the Heineken Cup work as well if it was only held every four years? If it’s the finale to annual tournaments, I think it has to be annual too — or you’d have to make it an entirely standalone event. But it’s probably not going to happen so it’s all hypothetical.

Club World Cup a decent idea on paper, but no chance of finding room in the calendar

Cooper is certainly leading the Wallabies around well but I don’t think he would want the captaincy.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Can’t agree that Gill was shafted, Tooly. He made a choice to go overseas, which was his prerogative. Pocock and Hooper stayed and proved themselves over and over at the highest level. Gill (and McMahon and Samu) may become better Test 7s than Hooper but I haven’t seen it yet.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Money is definitely at the heart of it. But if the Wallabies can finish the year well and take the momentum into 2022, it will put RA in a good position for negotiations with Stan, sponsors etc. Next phase will need good judgement from the administration and some luck!

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Good points, M. With Cheika, it seemed like he was very conscious of refreshing the team after 2015 — when you look back, he capped plenty of players, some of whom have become stalwarts of the team like Ala’alatoa, Koroibete and Hodge. The problem seemed to be in finding new halves — probably why he resorted to repatriating To’omua, O’Connor and White. But it feels like we missed a generation of playmakers somehow, who would be mid-20s now and in their prime. Will have to see what centralisation brings if the states truly are supportive — with some admin costs out, perhaps there will be money to invest in development. And the board has flagged constitutional change in order to attract PE. Interesting times.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Do you think the proposed centralisation will help with this, Muglair? With more influence at Super level, RA should be able to direct the clubs on where to focus development efforts but, of course, you still need people who know what they’re doing!

BTW, it sounds like you’re letting Cheika off the hook for the 2016-19 failures, which could be controversial. 😱

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

It’s a fair point, Ethan — we all tend to get a bit over-excited by promise and potential when what really matters is delivery. However, failure is an important part of the learning process. Look at Valetini: his best Super Rugby season but then he faltered early on against the French. If Rennie hadn’t persisted with him then, we wouldn’t have enjoyed his terrific performances later on in TRC. I think sometimes it takes a few matches to adapt to the higher intensity, less time and space etc.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Really enjoying the evolved QC, on and off the field.

Quade Cooper on the 'electrifying mavericks' transforming rugby, and the rule he wants changed

It’s interesting that last year, Rennie was all about the four-year rebuild but this year he’s all about winning now. Not that they’re mutually exclusive but he probably figured that, unless the team got some momentum this year, he might not make it through to 2023, let alone 2027! Good luck to him. It would be great if he could leave a long-term legacy.

Dave’s Dads' Army: Will old age and treachery overcome youth and skill?

Cooper seemed to get a lot out of that season in club rugby, didn’t he? After all the dramas with the Reds, connecting with club guys who’re just playing for the love of the game was a reminder of what rugby’s all about. I saw him play in the NRC that year — he looked like he was having fun.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Haven’t seen anything of Munster but it sounds like they’re not an attack-focused team, which would make Larkham an odd choice as coach. Interesting to see what he does next.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

Agree but can understand why Rennie felt Samu deserved the opportunity to start. At least we now know where he belongs — and if he can replicate his finishing form consistently, he’ll be hugely valuable.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

No player is going to volunteer to give up his spot! It’s the selectors’ call, but from what Rennie said at his last press conference, they’re expecting Hooper to go right through the spring tour. McMahon or Samu would be more than capable of finishing at 7, but there’s the captaincy to consider too.

'Golden generation': Winning Wallabies need golden oldies and gilded youth

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