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Don’t say that to a Brumbies fan, they are bound to tell us how much he’s improved since losing the sky blue jersey! 😛

In all seriousness, I think that’s fair but I’d hope he’ll improve getting to start more frequently at openside.

Given Hooper is only 28, I’m actually quite happy for Miller to have made a shift. We’ve got some really promising young guys in Gamble at 23 and Tizzano 20 on the books.

Looks a lot better for squad transition over time than we had under Gibson for the last four years

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Yeah, I really like him. With our issues at lock he’d be in my 23 every week.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

I missed that part of his comment.

Thorn would absolutely have him beasting it in the gym. I had to laugh reading that when Thorn first took the reigns at the Reds he banned shirts in the gym.

Thought it would make a more competitive environment if blokes had nowhere to hide and flab!

Not sure if he’s kept the rule or not.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Miller was a bit of a late bloomer. Did well for Norths in the Shute Shield and got the call up to the Rebels, requested the release to be closer to home and moved back to NSW.

No shame in being stuck behind Michael Hooper at the Tahs so then made the move to the Brumbies.

He’s always said his heart in on his farm in Berry (2 hrs south of Sydney, 2 hours 45 minutes east of Canberra) so both Tahs and Brumbies have been good for him.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

😂

Always happy for it to be challenged, it certainly isn’t always right!

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Wilson played 6 for the U-20’s. Will Harris was the 8 and McReight 7.

They used Hosea, Wood, Ha’angana and Frost as the locks with Tafa and Tizzano as the bench backrowers.

28 man squads, hence the additional players.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Love this articles James, keep up the good work!

Aussie abroad: Josh Valentine

I agree.

I’m unchanged in wanting to see a Wright, Hooper, Naisarani trio with Samu off the bench

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

It’s only an opinion 😁

And I’m not saying Wilson is poor there, just that I think Samu is better.

The stats in the article for Samu are amazing. 4.5 carries per game for 3 line break/tackle busts a game is exceptional.

Ideally the work rate would be higher but the quality of the efforts is outstanding

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Disagree on the lack of evidence.

I saw Wilson run those wider lines for the 20’s and I think it’s clear that right now Samu is more effective in those channels.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Yeah, when I talk about a link man it’s a forward linking with the backs.

You and I have talked about this before. Pocock was excellent in that space.

Even though he wasn’t fast his lines, hands and positioning of his runners was excellent.

He set up a couple of brilliant tries for DHP last year.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

It appears obvious that Wilson is superior carrying in tight and off-loading after contact, while Samu is better carrying wider.

Not sure either of them is that exceptional as a link man.

With regard to pace, to the naked eye Samu looks to be quicker off the mark and at the top end.

With regard to shear number of passes, someone who watches the Reds more than me should be able to advise but I think most of those passes are probably little tip on’s within a forward running pod.

Mackay has always favoured those little forward pops within his attack structures.

You can see Hockings has the most average passes for a lock in the competition, Salakaia-Loto is 7th and Rodda 8th. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Of course, that’s why it’s only “Potentially frustrating”!

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

I’m hoping Penney is good for him. Penney’s he’s a former number 8 and coached Thorn at Canterbury in Thorn’s second stint there from 2008-2010.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

I don’t think he’s lazy at all, he just isn’t a natural breakdown guy and needs to work on it. Similar to Valetini he’s got great building blocks but needs to learn how to be more effective.

You don’t turn out in the physical shape that Swinton’s in or be the number 34 competition wide for average number of tackles, or 31 comp wide for average number of runs if you are lazy.

Rob is 85 and 44 for those same two metrics but Swinton has a ways to go to catch him?

Fully agree that Wilson is ahead but he looks a pretty special young talent. I was one of the first on these boards to call him out as one to watch.

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

p.s. am loving watching Valetini, Swinton and Wilson come through and looking forward to seeing Harris and Tafa come on as well.

Naisarani – 195cm, 110kg
Valetini – 195cm, 113kg
Swinton – 194cm, 112kg
Wilson – 195cm, 110kg
Harris – 194cm, 107kg
Tafa – 194cm, 112kg

There is a pretty nice set of young guys with the height and weight to give us traditional 6’s and 8’s – more than Australia has had for many years.

Potentially frustrating that we finally have a crop of them as many nations are moving away from two big back rowers!

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Fair comment Soap, neither of those examples are the type of one on one stop we were discussing last week.

I’m pretty sure Hooper could have been done for incorrect entry on the first one as well, there are actually two players from each team in contest when he joins from the Brumbies side!

The raw and the cooked: Canberra candidates at number 6

Nice one Nicholas, fully endorse the brilliant building blocks but lack of readiness on Valetini.

Really focussed on him in the Tahs match and too many times when play came near him he wasn’t able to involve himself/make a positive impact, good to read his comments acknowledging the learning he is going through.

Hopefully Fisher and ‘clued up’ fellow players like McCaffrey and Samu can help guide him. He’s certainly in an environment which will hopefully give him a great chance to reach his potential.

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SANZAAR, copyright and myopia

Great call HL, would love it if the boffins at HQ had a read of this and did something about it.

SANZAAR, copyright and myopia

Ps. Simmons was actually in pretty good form last year.

Sadly Rob’s form has fallen off a cliff.

Even if it hadn’t, I don’t think even his best form is a match to the glimpses Rodda has shown us early in his own career.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Yeah but how was he compared to Rodda v Highlanders last year?

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Sure he was.

A quick perusal of stats suggests Higgers and Robinson were the strongest in the pack that day.

Obviously no ruck stats but that has always been the weakest part of Rob’s game.

I’m guessing Big Kev did more breakdown work (noting I’m saying that without re-watching the match).

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Nah. His performance against the Highlanders last year was as strong as you are likely to see from a lock. Isn’t possible to find a similar game from Simmons, ever.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain

Yep, I hear you and it’s a solid argument.

Per our chat the other day, I lean to Wright with Hooper and Naisarani, I think he better balances the backrow with more breakdown pressure.

Samu off the bench able to cover all positions and giving us some attacking impact.

I can well imagine that against a grinding opponent like Wales that Valetini would perform strongly but I think until I see him able to work his way more in to a free flowing game that he’d be a bit lost against someone like the AB’s or even Japan.

Pick your Wallabies side for whenever they play next: Part 2 - bench and captain