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‘proud Rugby Nation that had an outstanding reputation pre the current rabble!”?
Rugbyfirst, most of this ‘proud rugby nation’ either does not know of the code’s existence or cannot distinguish it from NRL.
We rusted on fans follow a game invisible to the masses.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

I actually had a thought this morning around a similar quotient Geoff. EQ is very different from IQ.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

Of course Geoff, but I believe that Beale surely fits the term whilst not quite fitting 12 or 15.
Similarly others, perhaps Toomua and Foley.
In other news Paul Cully this morning differs on the TT clean out. But your point about ‘card-blaming’ cannot be disputed. Many times while watching tests during the golden glory days I would be fuming at the referee only to forget it all in the sweet fragrance of victory. It’s amazing how results influence memories.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

Cmon Freddie, don’t hold back. Tell us what you really think.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

Great work Geoff.
But ‘finisher’ is not the silliest word in rugby. There are many other more worthy contenders, such as …..
Well I can’t think of any atm…but I’m sure I’ve heard ‘em.
I note that you wrote openly about Rennie’s appointment here. So can we assume that it’s a done deal?
Many now must just be hanging on waiting for a change in coaching and selection, but it is much more than the coach that needs to change

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

It’s BBQ time!

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

“We will have to go back to the drawing board next week… or bring back Quade?”

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

“move Foley to a back-up role, off the bench, and do not invest our attack program around him.“ ✔️

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

“K. I think the 12. Kerevi, 13. TK centres can work, with the right 10. I am just not convinced it can work with Foley”
Mmmm…….
I’m not touching that one Fionn.

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

Rhys, Fionn and Soap, this is a good convo.
I can see at least three possible experiments
MK 11,
SK 12,
JOC 13,
HS 14,
TB 15
Kurtley bench
Or
HS 11,
SK 12,
TK 13,
TB 14,
RH 15
Kurtley or JOC bench
Or
TB 11
SK 12
TK 13
RH 14
JOC 15
Kurtley bench

As a thought experiment pick your best 11-15 plus bench finisher, then pick a 10 to feed it.
How well would Banks bank 20 metre pass by hand or foot?

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

Lano, Beale has more than one fan.

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

BF, outside of Kerevi and Beale
“what attacking threats do the Wallabies have?”
is a question that opens a can of worms that I will politely defer diving into, because we’ve done it to death.

But as important as it is it’s a question that is irrelevant until we find parity across scrum, lineout and ruck, especially ruck.
It seems we were ok at lineout, unlucky at scrum, then poor at breakdown last night.
That’s the game lost there.

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

Interesting to get that perspective from a neutral BF.
I have been a big Beale fan since before his professional debut. And through his poor phases in the last year or two I have remained resolute about him keeping a bench spot.
But I also agree with his critics that he does not fully fill out a 10,12 or15 jersey at test level. So I have to differ with you on giving him a starting jersey.
But I will always argue for him in the 23 because he is never far away from the brilliance that put Foley in.

Wallabies haunted by Ellis Park curse

See Andrew Willett’s mask in 1996 Shute Shield Final

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Bingo Mr Eater.
Is there anything in the laws about wearing a mask?

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Riddler, in the interest of pre-game positivity, I heavily edited my post, then some bloke in another time zone has to come along and quote it from the 30 seconds it was live.
You’re not helping the team morale here Riddler.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Riddler, I know you were offering a light ribbing here so I won’t react.
In the interests of ‘positivity’ before the game I will just one thing.
The issue isn’t what a particular 10 can do for the team. It’s what the whole team can do with a particular 10.
Go the Wallabies!
Okay that’s two things. Two good things.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

WHead,
“the big one – GAME PLAN. A new team is not enough. They need a new and better game plan. So let’s see if there’s any change there.”
Yep.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

If ‘Foley is a good steady pick”, then we may just end up with ‘some good steady’ attack. Not too impolite, nor troubling, deceiving, speaking out of turn, or surprising.
A ship in the harbour is safe, but the harbour is not what ships are made for.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Somer,
“not one world-class player”
Who are the Australian “world class” players we have left out?
We all have opinions about players who should be there, but aren’t. I certainly do.
I find your comment odd.
Ultimately it’s not about individuals. It’s about the systems they form. And that is about coaching, camaraderie and courageous combination.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Might be having a break after his excellently selected team was decimated by injury and trickery.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

You have some pearls in there Mr Taylor.
‘if Israel had kept his thumbs in their damned holsters, you would have seen more about the fantastic Australian under-20s side”
“Let rugby do the tweeting” and
“as predictable as an atomic clock, the Wallabies went straight back to wobbling”.

Excellent piece but for one thing – Its not just losing. It’s not knowing the genesis of our woes?
It isn’t ‘not winning’. That’s just a symptom. As is Tweetgate.
Hell is listening to post mortems that miss the point, and leave vanquished fans without even a hope.

Is JOC a parody of a friend, or a ‘prodigal amigo’?

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

Bourkos, I didn’t say that there wasn’t any. Just that I can’t see them clearly.
There is playmaking for one. It may come from White mixing box kicks with snipe. It may come from the back three kicking for Banks and others to chase. It may come from Foley slipping short inside balls to Banks or Hodge.
Defence system? Looks like musical chairs may be buried. But Hodge may be played at 10 in defence?
Centre combo? Two barging big blokes,, one who steps over tacklers, and one who steps over, around and through tacklers. But how will they counteract the rush defence and deceive it, beyond their default barging?
In the absence of our recent ‘give it to Izzy’ system of attack what will we have?
It remains to be seen as you say ‘on the park’.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

One day I wish someone could enlighten us all on what really went on with the Fardy / Cooper / Higginbotham /Phipps/Hannigan / McMahon / Foley decision. I’m sure there most be some very interesting back story

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Considering those who were ruled out by injury, personal reasons or unexplained selector logic this is a pretty strong side.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed