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Thanks, CM — yes, depth has improved vastly within a few weeks. I’m on record as being against parachuting in overseas players outside the Giteau Law but Kerevi has been dynamite in the centres. With he and QC, the Wallabies can actually do something with all that ball the forwards are delivering! Kellaway has got a lot of attention, deservedly, but Valetini and Swain are the big revelations for me. We’ve got competition in every forward spot, bar 7. That is my biggest concern, not being prepared in the unlikely event that something happens to Hooper.

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

At some point he will need to pick and stick but he’s got a bit of time. Momentum is more important right now (and not getting sacked!).

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

The issue is really if you over-rely on older players, or young ones for that matter, and then realise too late that it’s not working out and you’re committed. Think this happened to both Deans and Cheika — hopefully Rennie will keep developing the youngsters.

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

Genia and Cooper really looked the biz at the start of that 2019 season. Probably they weren’t well-managed, plus a few other reasons to explain the Rebels’ decline.

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

Thanks, Unders. Interesting that two of the three teams you profile still have to settle on a captain going forward. For the third, the choice has never been clearer, although a designated back-up would be useful in the event the unthinkable happens!

What are each team's goals for the Spring internationals? Part 1

Thanks, Peter. I’m cautiously optimistic about QC’s longevity. And yes, he is passing and kicking more than running, these days. However, I can’t quite forget how he struggled with the attrition of the 2019 Super Rugby season. Full Test seasons, not to mention RWC campaigns, are hugely demanding. Would be happier if a Lolesio or Donaldson was closer behind.

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

Yes, Rennie strikes me as very pragmatic and willing to make hard decisions. We’ll see if they’re the right ones!

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

While they are playing, there will be plenty of video referee referrals and fake injuries to allow so many two-minute drinks breaks that World Rugby may need to introduce a loo break.
Good one, Banjo! To answer your question about the sudden influx of seniors, I reckon Rennie’s realised that he needs wins now to stave off the bloodthirsty mob (us) and that Harry Wilson and co are a few years off reaching their potential. It’s as much about survival as anything.

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

Not game to ask what the punchline was, Bobby!

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

Ditto. Looking forward to seeing how Douglas progresses in 2022. Very raw but exciting.

Waratahs lock in one-year deals to strengthen front row

We’ve seen from Super Rugby what Gordon can do. Now he needs to do it with less time and space at Test level where he’s had fairly limited opportunities so far.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

I’ve wondered whether the Tahs’ issues are more around cohesion than development. Several people have said that players being scattered around a big city inhibits connection off the field. Particularly for players from out of town, it might be hard to develop a sense of belonging. Pretty sure Tizzano raised this as a problem for him.

Waratahs sign Sea Eagles star in cross-code poaching raid

Just announced that Tahs have signed Archer Holz and Ruan Smith. Happy about the former given the potential of growth.

Waratahs sign Sea Eagles star in cross-code poaching raid

Oh for sure, PK. Tens are more influential than wingers; it’s just the nature of the different roles. I base my scores on how I think they performed in their jobs against expectations — totally subjective!

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

PL, for sure Gordon’s pass isn’t in White’s class at this stage but that’s experience. Look at how Valetini has come along this season from looking a bit wobbly against France — just through consistent exposure. Or Tom Banks! Sometimes it takes time.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

Given his age and he’s a regular Super Rugby captain, AAA should be a candidate for back-up captain if Hooper is unavailable, although you’d also need to nominate someone else for the final 30 mins. Not sure if AAA’s going on tour, though.

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Just a reminder to keep things respectful — thanks. The thread is about Cooper’s rating versus Kellaway’s. My take is that Cooper made a few errors while Kellaway was virtually flawless — maybe one slipped tackle? Glad to have them both in the team.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

Gordon won a turnover and did okay considering the chaos at the back end of the game.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

Not Kellaway’s job to kick goals. Don’t get me wrong. I still scored Cooper well but mistakes cost him a point from me.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

I marked Cooper down for missed goal kicks and the misjudged cross-field kick. Expectations are high after his impressive Test reboot.

Wallabies DIY player ratings from the second Pumas Test: The results

The Tahs are short of a genuine try-scorer in the outside backs. Hoping it works out but if not, it’s only for one season. Hoping longer-term that Maddocks returns from France with more maturity and confidence, Ramm is fit and firing, and that Nawaqanitawase and Reilly deliver on their potential.

Waratahs sign Sea Eagles star in cross-code poaching raid

With more veteran reinforcements on the way, they will have access to better talent and their level of cohesion can be expected to improve further.
This raises an interesting question of whether better talent always equates to improved cohesion. Skelton is a big question mark for me, whatever his talent, as he has neither recent Wallabies experience (unlike Kerevi and Arnold) nor depth of Wallabies experience (Cooper).

How the Wallabies are building cohesion towards 2023

Thanks Rhys. Sounds like a great time was had. Rob Valetini has had a stellar year, hasn’t he? Nela had better watch out; there’s a new fan favourite in town! And Folau Fainga’a looks like he’s making a case to be our first-choice hooker — about time. Love the double-header format; they just need to work out how to get people to attend for the full program. Empty seats not a good look for us locked-down Sydneysiders — although I appreciate there was a reduced capacity this weekend.

Double-headers are double the fun

We’re walking on sunshine right now, Matt, but the Wallabies are definitely a ‘four seasons in one day’ kind of team. We should pack an umbrella for the Spring Tour just in case. BTW, how can you leave us all with the same questions? Who were the two Wallabies speaking out of turn at the golf day? And who was the one who eyeballed the mouthy pair until they shut up?

Walkin' on Sunshine: From fearless kids to resurgent veterans there's so much to love about these Wallabies

It’s been good for both Wilson and McReight to have a taste of Test rugby and a clear idea of their work-ons. Rennie said both have had a fantastic attitude in camp so they’ll get another chance although possibly not on the Spring Tour as they may be left at home to have a full pre-season. McReight’s position must be so frustrating for him. I personally think he should go to on tour and perhaps play against Japan. It’s tempting fate to think Hooper will never get injured. Samu and McMahon can cover 7, of course, but they’re not specialists. Lolesio has had some solid time this year, and that France series was great for him but, yes, you wonder how he would have gone in the Bledisloes with White and Kerevi on either side.

'They're full of emotion': Everything Hoops said about fiery Argies, Skelton link, Quade's impact

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