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Jim Tucker

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Craggy veteran who has been writing about Test rugby since 1979 when the Wallabies' jersey had three stripes and was 100% baggy cotton.

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Very good point you make. It’s easy to say Liam Wright is behind Hooper on the list of No.7s.
Then look at what the Wallabies’ No.6 options have provided this season which is a position Wright also plays.
His workrate is better than all other contenders, he is a legitimate lineout option, he doubles the capability of the Wallabies to compete at the breakdown which is such a huge battlefield at Test level and he’s disciplined not a yellow-card magnet.
All those are huge plusses. He is not a dynamic, line-busting runner although a solid carrier. He is a busy, strong defender but certainly not Swinton-esque with his hits.
The question is this…is it better to have someone always in the game like Wright or Swinton’s heavy hits, poor handling and card history or Leota’s in-and-out of the game style?
Wright firms as a possibility on all those judgements

ANALYSIS: So little time to fix so many holes with RWC 2023 rushing at the Wallabies

Good to hear from you. Glad you are enjoying watching these late night Tests under the maroon doona cover with your Reds’ beanie and cap on the hat stand.
Stewart is a strong SR player but still needs more thrust as a runner to play at a higher level. It’s always baffled why he has hasn’t refined his long kicking game because he came into the Reds with a mule-like kick.

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Definitely need some punch in the centres so the suggestion that Lolesio-JOC-Ikitau fill 10-12-13 is flawed.
Agree that the Wallabies need more metres from their general kicking game. White perhaps kicks long once or twice

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

White was under huge pressure around the breakdown every time he got the ball or had to go digging for it. The forwards have to give him better ball presentation. He did take steps sideways to get clear. Not his best passing day

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Skelton played like a forward looking for timing with a new pack. He was OK and will be much better for the hitout in terms of just knowing where to be and how to run-off teammates.
White plays against England.

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Kurtley running high twice has no excuse and I would have thought keeping the ball with a few minutes to play was 100 per cent the only option rather than kick it away. He had little support on the Wallaby 22 but he had to run it straight and wait for his forwards to win the ruck IMO

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Agree on Perese and JOC. Yes, the Scottish backrow and defence generally was fairly smothering.
That’s rugby in the north hemisphere generally. You take the 3 or 4 chances you create or are given or you lose. We lost in that formula

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Toomua is an excellent mix of ball-playing and thrust when he does both those things. He wasn’t running hard at the line and was throwing long balls into touch or at opposition defenders earlier in the season. He was out of form and I think dealing with the head knock issue. Not a tour choice

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

A bit over-negative on JOC. He had some decent moments and the Test wasn’t lost on his play that is for sure

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

Paisami has a good understanding with JOC so had high hopes that it would click like the partnership has at the Reds.
Paisami has not come back from his long break with any fizz. Too many errors, I agree.
It’s painful to say but the Scots showed the Wallabies what crisp, short-passing interchanges were all about.
The Wallabies can’t suddenly play Perese at inside centre and say “Here, you change our fortunes solo.”
He struggles to pass or rather it’s his last option. Need a full ensemble effort to beat England

ANALYSIS: Perese power can pack a punch, but only if he's picked in right position

You can play off 9 or 10. Joc is happy to let White dictate or share playmaking

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

I think Tate says it best…he has to improve his pass. He’s a gun but White is more complete

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

JOC’s enjoyment at lifting players around him is real and he is a true No.10 because of it.
He is super important if the Wallabies are going to win 1, 2 or 3 games in the UK

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

“Redemption” is a careless word to throw out after just six-months of any comeback from the abyss. JOC has three years of the new JOC behind him now. He has changed his spots and that truly makes this one of the great comebacks

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

You strike on a good point. Flyhalf and centres is all about chemistry. Flatley played terrific footy at No.10 with Horan outside him. Flatley was a smart player and when the defence sweated on Horan, he made his break or two a game. JOC and Paisami work well together and most of all have learned to play together

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

Good point. If any top team in the world could be rusty it’s Japan and they excelled

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Happy to let a few less stoppages appear in my rugby viewing.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Experienced fullback like him is what is needed. What a comeback that would be!

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Cheers mate. Banks had a length to his clearing kicks that was very valuable and may now be missed in Europe.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

There will be far more pressure on our kick-catches in Edinburgh, London and Cardiff.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

The grass was genuinely greener than the 1999 Rugby World Cup final at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. They used some digital tricks to green up the muddy brown-green of the real turf for all the commemorative merch.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Good observation. Some of the very best attack in rugby comes off a halfback taking two or three steps forward to create that direct arrowhead. Sideways is slideways.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Some very interesting comments. Seems the back three is the mystery box now v Scotland.
Can say it loud enough that the positions are for specialists…Petaia was v good on wing against Japan and heeded Rennie’s words to up his workrate like a Koroibete copycat. Off the ball, he got involved with a strong cleanout etc. Put him at fullback and you’d have your fingers crossed. He can kick at training but not with three guys running at him just yet.
Rhys is right as in Wright and Kellaway are similar. Perhaps, a contrast is needed.
Definitely think Perese will be a Test winger before anything else. He can’t pass to Test-standard and rarely looks to. Cooper would love to be feeding him coming off a wing though. A real line-buster.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Fullback is for specialists. We haven’t mentioned Kurtley Beale as a quick fix. He’s right there in Europe. I feel Rennie has moved on in that area.

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

Thanks for the kind word Rhys. Hodge actually started the Test really well with those smart short-side dashes. His experience will be missed but so too his long boot. He has 10 extra metres on any Quade kick

ANALYSIS: 'Special K' quality missing from scratchy Wallabies in Japan

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