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As long as we are looking at all time greats I’ll take John Eales at 119 kg over Jordan’s 90 kg in my locks and I’ll take Retallick’s 121 kg over Bird’s 100 kg!

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Pretty close! 😀

Leaves out Hanigan, Higginbotham, Korczyk, Wright, Scott-Young, R. Haylett-Petty, Cusack, Wells, Miller, McCutcheon.

Agree we need some of these guys to step from their current level. Have only named the ones I think might be capable of doing so.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Well obviously, only a wealth of riches if they are all fit!

You can add Cottrell and Holloway to your list of 6/8’s above, that will be seven guys that we can have hopes for to fill what is likely to only be two positions

(given we are pretty much guaranteed to have two 7’s in the 23).

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Absolutely true, I’m just more optimistic on fixing some of these other short-comings.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Plus Tui once we sort the backrow out – which I think we’ll have a wealth of riches next year.

Has to be easier to teach big physical guys to attack an edge, force the defender to move from a set position than it does to get a guy that has struggled to clean out over the course of a 9 year pro-career to suddenly become effective at it.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

We always said – “run at spaces, not faces” and “aim for the branches, not the trunk”

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Only issue on benching Beale is that Toomua won’t be able to play as Leicester don’t need to release him outside the International window (which this extra Bledisloe is).

The time to bench him was the last couple of tests, he’ll be back in 12 again in two weeks.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

might be my sub-concious coming through. Robertson is weak there as well!

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

The article implies it could happen without a Wallabies top-up, so Chieka might not be integral to it happening:

http://www.rugby.com.au/news/2018/10/14/one-percenters-gill-exploring-australian-avenues

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I’m not saying I’d pick him, just that there are many good parts of his game.

His issues at the breakdown are a dealbreaker for me.

Agree he isn’t Robinson Crusoe in having issues at the ruck, we need to be a whole lot more efficient there.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

I like Simmons, he has always been our best set piece lock both lineout and scrum. He’s always been a decent defender.

A few years ago he really improved his ball carrying by working to a defenders edge as Nick points out.

My issue is that he falls off too many clean outs, happened for the Waratahs again this season. He seems unable to correct this part of his game.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

Word on the RA site is that Gill is looking for a path back. Seems dependent on cash being freed up by the Cooper deal going through with Melbourne.

The Wallabies forwards need to be accountable and go back to the future for Bledisloe 3

From looking that was definitely his first start at 10.

I’m still pretty sure that some those matches in 1997 where he was starting fullback that he was switching into 10 – however I cannot find a match report that confirms that.

The Hooper blooper: Re-form the Pooper and bring back Cooper

He is on the record haviing explicitly stated that during his half time spray:

“There was no technical information”.

I have no reason to think he is lying and take his statement at face value.

So we are down to either one of the assistants set the agenda or the players came up with the change themselves.

When you take the wrong rugby road, turn back

He did bring Hanson in for Palu though.

I think he realised he’d pulled the wrong rein in replacing an 8 with a hooker.

Question will be if he learned enough to make the correct decision up front this time. I’m not as convinced as Geoff.

The Wrap: Truth the first casualty in rugby’s propaganda wars

Nice one Gatesy.

The Roar of my favourite crowd

My memory is that is was Smith – we got smashed by SA in SA but Larkham’s shift was the only good thing to come out of it.

And yes the Wallabies regressed under Smith but the poor bloke had a brain tumour – cut the guy some slack.

The Hooper blooper: Re-form the Pooper and bring back Cooper

Fingers crossed!

Israel Folau edging closer to confirming his rugby future as Wallabies veteran eyes RWC comeback

Gotcha.

I think the Tahs need him too but Gibson doesn’t seem to agree!

Israel Folau edging closer to confirming his rugby future as Wallabies veteran eyes RWC comeback

Different Andrew Hore – both Kiwi’s this guy came out of the Crusaders/Canterbury back office and then was CEO of Osprey’s in the UK.

Not the same guy as the Hurricanes/AB’s hooker.

No western Sydney WSR team for 2019: Hore

I’m not following the connection to JJH

Israel Folau edging closer to confirming his rugby future as Wallabies veteran eyes RWC comeback

Pleased he is staying in rugby but kind of wish he was going to the Reds.

I look at the waste that was made of Hegarty because Izzy’s wife sent her OMG tweet about him playing on the wing.

Israel Folau edging closer to confirming his rugby future as Wallabies veteran eyes RWC comeback

Yep, think that he is making very astute signings.

Much better than Cheik signing Larkham and Grey!!!

Reds coach Thorn brings in Broncos enforcer

Ethan, if you can get a look at a replay. Watch the 40th minute. Puma scrum where Genia forces a turnover just before the halftime break.

Wallabies play left with players shifting towards the sideline and floating a long cut out to get to the edge. Then they come back to the right, every player runs towards the outside side line and it finishes with no space and Hooper shifting the ball into touch.

(Note, Hooper should have angled back in field and taken the tackle – continuing to shift to touch was only every going to be a handover/end of the half)

Then look at the lead up to the 47th minute try for Folau and 50th minute try for Haylett-Petty. Straight running with the ball through the hands. (exception is Beale on the 50th who is still facing across field but holds the ball for so little time it makes no difference)

Is chalk and cheese in the running lines and the dedication to put the ball through the hands rather than throwing long floating passes that allow the defence to jockey for position and shut down easily.

The highlights for the two tries are on the RA website – for the Hooper into touch at the 40th you need a replay (I use RugbyPass so not much good to you but hopefully something you can find if you search)

When you take the wrong rugby road, turn back

Don’t forget that his half time speech didn’t include any “technical information”

From that we can conclude that the shift in running lines and changes in the passing game came from the players. Sounds like they should do their own thing more often!

No World Cup coaching revamp needed: Cheika