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Samu has made a real impact from the bench the last two weeks. We lose a bit in size and physicality if he starts at 6 but gain a lot of smarts. 👍

WALLABIES TEAM: Leota the No.6 bolter, McMahon overlooked, Hodge starts and JOC on bench

Congrats to Hodge on starting at 15. Definitely deserved and I hope he goes well. Apart from the high balls, he had a great game last week. Not sure about McMahon starting. How would this affect the lineout? Also, he may be fit but he’s only just joined the squad. Would he really be up to speed? Don’t like the idea of anyone just walking into a spot after they’ve been away for so long. Samu or Leota might be better options to start at 6 if Swinton is given a break. Wright also joined the squad a few weeks ago.

WALLABIES TEAM: Leota the No.6 bolter, McMahon overlooked, Hodge starts and JOC on bench

Agree with you on McMahon but Naisarani has been released to take up his new contract overseas and LSL is still on parental leave. Leota and Liam Wright are with the squad, though.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Really surprised neither the ref or Sanzaar seem to think there was an issue with the hand into Cooper’s face.

UPDATED: Springbok CLEARED as citing dismissed for brutal Kerevi clean out

Hooper realising it was on down the left edge and then Bell moving the ball on so efficiently made it all possible. Sure, Tupou and Koroibete stole all the glory but I’m claiming that try for the Wallatahs. 😁

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Too true, Jez. Very glad to see those accurate lineout throws. But as Brett’s article was about ‘wonders’ rather than core duties, I thought Fainga’a’s bit of magic to chase that kick deserved a shout out.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Yeah, five weeks’ suspension, I believe, and he’s no stranger to the judiciary.

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

It was good to see, wasn’t it, Brett? The satisfaction came not just from some great tries but the hard, accurate work performed throughout the match.
As you’ve name-checked just about every forward, can I add our most-maligned piggy to the list? Folau Fainga’a — that chase and tackle. Wow!

A bullet pass from a lock, and other wonders from the Wallabies’ Brisbane win

Me too. Technique? Confidence? Communication? Also, could Hodge be the fullback we always wanted but didn’t realise was right under our nose the whole time (provided his catching improves, of course)?

Get your questions in for Issue 27 of Coach's Corner

I can just imagine Rennie and Hooper sitting on a Zoom telling SANZAAR that they wont play Sunday arvo cause Valetini has his weekly haircut then.

Good one, 2s2m, but I don’t know if Rob ever cuts his locks. They just get bigger and bigger! Anyway, typical from those self-entitled Wallabies who played three Tests in 11 days to ensure the French series went ahead and who bent over backwards to complete the Bledisloe series! Especially those selfish Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra players who’ve forgotten what home looks like.

The Wallabies have been awesome in their flexibility this year and last. Really appreciate it — not to mention that they bankroll the rest of Australian rugby.

Note to administrators: Rugby is no longer an amateur game

Appreciate that you want more rugby. Keep in mind that the Hospital Cup has been on, and the Shute Shield would have, but for Covid. NRC would be great but needs funding. But Test rugby, as the pinnacle of our game, is not meant to be an every week thing.

Note to administrators: Rugby is no longer an amateur game

Just don’t understand why you’re comparing foie gras with McDonalds, that’s all. If you’re talking about the season overall, well you’ve had 12 weeks of Super AU, five weeks of Super TT, three Tests v France, three Bledisloes, two RC Tests v the world champs, two Tests v Argentina to come and then four Spring Tour Tests. Personally, I think RA/Sanzaar has put together an amazing rugby program in supremely trying circumstances. 👍

Note to administrators: Rugby is no longer an amateur game

Um, this is the Rugby Championship — Test rugby involving four international partners. The context is completely different to domestic comps. You might as well be outraged that the NRL and AFL have failed so badly to provide any Test matches while Sanzaar is offering up a smorgasbord!

Note to administrators: Rugby is no longer an amateur game

It’s a double-edged sword, Rhys. Obviously, having access to first-class competition such as the All Blacks is important but the spectator/commercial realities are that the Wallabies (and Super teams) need to be competitive and winning regularly. So, not too hot, not too cold, just right is the answer. As an aside, for both Aus and NZ, becoming obsessed with each other can be a mistake when it blinds us to what’s going on in the rest of the rugby world, as in RWC 2007.

Australia’s New Zealand rugby curse is actually a gift

Thanks for the review, Geoff. Short-term thinking is my bugbear and it strikes me that some of South Africa’s decisions in the last couple of years may have focused on how to achieve short-term goals, such as winning the RWC, Lions etc, and not about the ongoing development and strength of the Springboks and South African rugby. Say what you will about the All Blacks but they are consistently the world’s best because they are thinking long term about how to take their game forward. Very happy that the Wallabies have been talking a lot about improvement and ‘being better’ — and doing it!

The Wrap: Wallabies rocket ahead while the Springboks are lost in space

Louis Lynagh has made it pretty clear that he wants to play for England, having gone through those pathways. He’s pretty inexperienced at this point (although clearly a rising talent) and Eddie seems in no rush to include him.

The Wrap: Wallabies rocket ahead while the Springboks are lost in space

What did RA do? My understanding is that they negotiated a transfer to the Rebels so he could return to Super Rugby.

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

True but he did some good stuff too. Keep in mind he’s not a specialist fullback — but I think he deserves a chance to start next week and show if he’s up to it.

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

Great game, terrific intensity, Wallabies. Much more clinical in finishing try-scoring opportunities but what really stood out was the defence. We have been used to having a lot of possession but that wasn’t always the case last night. Philip was key in the awesome maul defence, some great turnovers at ruck time, Hooper 20 out of 20 tackles and Cooper (yes, Quade Cooper) making 14 tackles. Awesome! Now, if we can just sort out a few scrum and lineout issues …

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

Fainga’a actually had his best game in gold, I thought. And Hodge, after a shaky start and despite being poor under the high ball, was influential. I’d be happy for both to start — Swinton also, provided he lowers his tackles.

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

He’s a real weapon but he does need to keep his tackle height down.

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

Feeling your frustration, Paul. Some referees are better than others at keeping things moving. The real issue is that the powers-that-be are in the north where they often prefer a more stop-start game, and of course safety issues are rightly a priority these days. As a locked-down Sydneysider, I’d kill for double-header live rugby right now, even with the TMO playing a starring role!

Refereeing is ruining rugby

Absolutely, Numpty. It’s a very thorny issue and I don’t profess to have all the answers. All those things you list are important but how do we keep/make the Wallabies and Super teams strong and competitive without financially crippling RA? The one thing I’m sure of is that the board’s signature on a new rule to eliminate eligibility restrictions is the easiest thing to do, which almost certainly makes it the wrong move.

'There's so many guys OS who could play for Australia': Kellaway says 'scrap Giteau Law'

What if you are say, Quade Cooper – plenty good enough to play for Australia, but a stubborn second-tier coach tells you to go and play fourth-tier rugby, so through no fault of your own RA management has killed your chances of Wallaby selection.

TBF, PeterC, it was RA who helped negotiate a transfer to the Rebels when Thorn discarded Cooper. Don’t like the way he was treated by Thorn but RA was absolutely not to blame.

'There's so many guys OS who could play for Australia': Kellaway says 'scrap Giteau Law'

Spot on, JamesD. We probably won’t have a clear picture of how the scrapping of eligibility restrictions has impacted South African rugby for a decade or so. Will SA think their RWC win was still such a great thing if their domestic game ends up destroyed? Overseas experiences can work well for players to get a more rounded experience (eg Philip in France) or to avoid burnout (Hooper in Japan) but I’m dead against long-term absentees like McMahon or Skelton being rushed back in. Kellaway is entitled to have an opinion— and his outspokenness is commendable — but of course players want to have their cake and eat it too. The only question that matters is what’s best for Australian rugby.

'There's so many guys OS who could play for Australia': Kellaway says 'scrap Giteau Law'

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