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Dear NSW Waratahs,
Please buy this kid! He is exactly the type of raw talent Aus Rugby needs.
Would love to see him at 15 for the Wallabies at the next RWC.

Latrell doesn't warrant superstar money

Disagree totally. Hooper will go close to playing 170 games for the wallabies. He’s first picked on the team sheet every week and reightfully so.

However, his attitude towards the media and general prickliness isn’t good enough for someone who really needs to endear themselves to the wider Aus public. But for mine, this has a lot to do with the way Cheika interacted with the media. Hooper might just have been following instructions.

Cheika's legacy: Consistent inconsistency and puzzling selection to the very end

Exactly. Cheika lost me about 2 years ago, but for all his faults, Super Rugby players not stepping up and pushing their case for wallabies selection is not his fault.
I’m not a believer picking picking guys for your national team in the hope they might be good enough…they need to prove themselves on the level below first.

Cheika's legacy: Consistent inconsistency and puzzling selection to the very end

Haha…what is that line supposed to indicate?!

Geez the kiwis really love getting stuck into Cheika. However, they;ve lost all credibility with this one

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

On first appearance, I assumed the Welsh half was offside for the intercept. But looking at replays, it’s tight but I think he was actually OK. Genia took a step before passing, and he shot up.

At best it was a 50/50 call, so either way, someone was going to be unhappy with the decision. I don’t blame the ref for this at all.

The Kerevi tackle was madness. But that was the TMOs fault.

But I’m sure there were many incidents that went both ways throughout the match. At what point will Cheika ever take ownership of our own failings, not continually blame refereeing (no matter how bad it is). It’s really becoming embarrassing….

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

The Nine commentary is soo predicable and tiresome. They demand consistency from referees yet contuntally bang on about referees needing to be ‘flexible’…you can’t have it both ways.

Unfortunately, they’e just not very intelligent people in roles that have a massive bearing on the publics perception of the game. Maybe stacking the commentary full of ex-players with vested interests isn’t the best formula…who’d have thought…

Joey's ref criticism is absurd

Don’t get me wrong, the Kerevi penalty was lunacy.

But for once, I would love to see Cheika shut up and cop it on the chin, rather than behave like a child during the post match interviews and presser.

Journalists have a job to do. Yes I understand it’s raw and he’s still filthy, but the way he treated their questions was embarrassing on the world stage.

I’m a massive Hooper fan, but he wasn’t much better.

The Wallabies didn't lose because of Romain Poite, but World Rugby, we do have a problem

I might be in the minority, but I’m happy with the changes.

DHP over Beale contradicts Cheika’s normal stuborness for change. It’s as if finally he (or the panel) have actually looked at the oppositions tactics and picked a team accordingly.

I’m not stoked with Foley, but at the same time I don’t have the same love for CLL that everyone seems to have. He’s been OK, Foley is OK, neither are exceptional.

The only point of difference for me is that Foley is a slightly more attacking threat with ball in hand. It’s been a long time since has has, but he does have the ability to slice through a defence.

All in all…good team. Go Walla’s, our WC hopes hinge on this match!

Wallabies make major changes for Wales Rugby World Cup match

What rubbish!

Remember that Smith was not even sanctioned by the ICC. It was the ‘psyche’ of the Australian management that imposed the bans on the players. This was not something they had to do, but did because the Australian public demanded action.

Smith walks back in to whatever role he wants once the ban is finished….end of.

Perhaps if othernations were as harsh on the behaviour of their own players, we wouldnt be having this dicussion (i.e. Roy’s dissent in the WC was one of the worst acts I’ve seen in an international cricekt match…what’s his punishment?? here…have a test cap son…)

Stokes revives Ashes with extraordinary match-winning ton

Unbelievable…. Credit where its due, that was an amazing innings!

Australia lost this match in the third innings. That was the opportunity to bat England out of the game in batsmen friendly conditions, but again our batting crumbled.

Changes are needed at the top…but I really don’t know what they are.

Stokes revives Ashes with extraordinary match-winning ton

Good squad. No great surprises.

As much as I rate Skelton, I think its a good thing they didnt bring him back. It would have made a mokery of the Gitaeu’s Law and would have been a massive slap in the face to those players who knocked back the big bucks to stay loyal to Aus rugby…

Wallabies name 31-man squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup

Agree totally Cruyff,
It’s as it Warner is doing everything possible just to survive. But unfortunately he has always been a dud against the moving ball. It’s inevitable that he eventually gets one with his name on it.

Without being reckless, I think he’s better off taking the game to the openers. Try and hit them off a length and make them second guess themselves. At the moment, he’s dabbling, flirting, nurdling and finally nicking his way to ugly failures…

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Serious trouble with our top 3..

We can’t carry all 3 of them (especially now without Smith to save the day…) therefore Bancroft has to go, with Khawaja on notice. Another dud test from Ussie and Smith takes his spot in game 4.

1.Warner
2.Harris
3.Labuschagne
4.Khawaja (last chance)
5.Head
6.Wade
7.Paine (I honetly think Carey offers more but that’s for another time….)
8.Pattinson
9.Starc
10.Lyon
11.Hazlewood

Starc must play, even if he doesn’t take the new ball, we need his ability to rip through the tail (oh..and give Archer his comeuppance!)

Cummins to sit this one out and be back for the final 2 tests…

Warner and Khawaja face make or break Ashes Test

Unbelievably witty. Classic…

Bledi hell! Wallabies walloped by brilliant All Blacks

Question Ronan..
Let’s say its 2-all heading into the deciding 5th test…ashes are on the line.
Based on what we’ve seen so far (and with our knowledge of what Starc brings)… what 2 quicks are picked?
Do we actually know who our best 3 fast bowlers are atm??
Surely Siddle isn’t one of those 3??

Hazlewood fires in Ashes comeback

Jeez selectors can’t win…

Fans: “We need to start building combinations bc time is running out before the RWC..”

Same fans: “why isn’t Cheika experimenting with X player, in X position….”

I’m no Cheika fanboy, but it honestly seems there’s nothing he can do which will please the rugby public.

How ’bout we just shut up about selections, and support the 23 blokes picked to win us back the Bledisloe…

James O'Connor confirmed to start in Bledisloe 1 as Wallabies make shock change at hooker

I thought the same. Although his lineout presence was really good. But way too many unforced errors to start. He seems to lack basic catch, pass, decision making skills at times… just not good enough.

Wallabies chip away in Argentina Test win

I seriously dont understand the love that people on the roar have for toomua. He is so overrated!

What does he actually offer at 10? Sure he’s a decent defender, but in attack he stands so deep in the pocket and either kicks, or shovels the ball along to someone outside him. Not to mention his goal kicking…

No way he goes to the WC based on that performance…

Wallabies chip away in Argentina Test win

As much as I don’t particularly like him (he got off far too lightly for me…he took sandpaper onto the field!), but in the context of the match, that was a very impressive knock from Bancroft.

For mine, he’s leap-frogged the other openign contenders now, and I guess Labuschange at 6?! (although, that top 6 doesn’t neccessarily fill me with confidence…)

Forecast for a low-scoring Ashes between two weak batting line-ups

This is going to be an outstanding series! I cannot wait…

How good is test cricket when the pitches offer someting for bowlers as well.

Give me 4 day tests in England, over scores of 4-500 like an MCG test any day!

Selectors must opt for Siddle over Starc in first Ashes Test

Pretty happy with that.
Although the clock is ticking…surely at some point we pick a starting XV and stick with it.
Combinations and familiarity are vital in a WC!

Christian Lealiifano headlines raft of changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

Question for another day, but I wonder how many tests Trent Copeland would have played without Lehmann’s “speed kills” mantra. In a different area, he could have been a lock for Ashes tests in England.

For mine, I just can’t see how you can leave Starc out of a test team. With the rough he creates for Lyon and his abilites against the tail, I think he needs to be there.

If it really is a green top, I’d be tempted to play 4 quicks and Labuschagne (as a spinning option). Otherwise, on a docile deck, Lyon must play.

For mine:
6.Labuschagne
8.Pattinson
9.Cummins
10.Starc
11.Hazlewood

Selectors must opt for Siddle over Starc in first Ashes Test

Certainly both had deficencies, but different types.

For me, Harris’ issues are mental. He plays at balls he should let go. For someone so young in his test career, I think he can easily sort this out and is worth persisting with.

Burns though, for me it’s an inherent deficiency that he didn’t improve in the time between his test stints. Similair to Handscomb, I just don’t think he has what it takes against a singing ball.

Happy to be wrong…

Five Ashes spots up for grabs tomorrow

Normally I’d agree Chris. But these knocks from Carey weren’t your typcial crash, bang, wallop which inflate your average during a meaningless limited over series on Australian roads.

They were composed, gritty and technically sound innings in very high pressure situations, against some outstanding attacks on bowler-friendly English wickets.

IMO he’s shown enough to warrant he’s good enough (and he’s in form).

Five Ashes spots up for grabs tomorrow

Yeah, I’m sure Carey won’t play.
But if this squad was being picked 100% on form, surely Carey is a better keeper/batsman vs. Paine.
I would be really surprised if Paine outscores Carey in this match, but yeah he will be picked…

Five Ashes spots up for grabs tomorrow