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Totally! Same goes for Kerevi, or even a smoky like McMahon or Morahan would create a tonne of hype. I’d love to see that.

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

It will be interesting to see if/when he chooses to use this power. And surely the selectors would be having a say into this? I’m surprised RA wouldn’t want some big stars home to pump up interest!

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

Hi NB. Has there been any chatter about bringing o/s players back in for the RC? So far Rennie has seemed reluctant to use non-Aussie based players

Where would the Wallabies be without Michael Hooper?

He went off for an HIA, but seemed to be back on the field within about 8 minutes

'Absolute travesty': Outrage over Koroibete red in Wallabies v France decider

I think this is the right combo for the next test at least. 10 Noah 12 JOC 13 Paisami – I wasn’t a huge Noah fan before this series but he has really taken some big steps forward and think he deserves first crack at the 10 jersey for a while. JoC and Hunter in the centres could be great as they can both play 12 or 13 and they play together in clubland. I think Hunter has a more improvment left in him and it seems DR is very keen to keep developing him. Ikitau looks good, but think he is still a bench/impact player just for now.

Noah's arc: Sonny Bill pumps up Lolesio for shot at redemption v All Blacks

What does Tate have to do to get a start??

Fresh faces and new combinations in Wallabies team for France Test

Everyone is worrying about the backs, but that’s the least of QLDs problems. If they can’t get a strong a platform from their forwards whoever is selected in the backline won’t matter much. They need Welch fit and firing and hopefuly Papali’i comes back roaring. Then Fifita can be unleashed properly. The QLD bench needs to make serious impact too. The QLDers need some fire and if they bring it they definitely have it on them to win it at Suncorp.

Maroons blow: Kalyn Ponga ruled OUT of Origin 2

I agree but he hasn’t played much this year and hasn’t set the world on fire we he has

Dave Rennie reveals his Wallabies squad to take on France

8:16 for sure

Origin 1 kick-off bingo: What time will State of Origin Game 1, 2021 actually start?

Well said, best comment here (apart from you supporting the Blues 😂 )

Origin stuffs up the NRL, again

I also thought Hegarty played his best game in a long time last week. Although his place kicking is still bad.

Super Rugby AU Round 8 teams: Liam comes Wright onto the Queensland bench to face Brumbies

Am I the only one who thinks White is overrated? Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player, and based on his style of play probably will get the number 9 jersey for the wallabies, but one of the best three players in Australia?? I just don’t agree with that at all. I can think of at least a dozen players in Australia who I think are better, and not only on current form.

Six talking points from Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa

I think Vunivalu is highly overrated. He hasn’t done anything significant in SRAU yet. I’m sure he has the athleticism and talent to get better, but for now Marika is still miles ahead, as are many of the other Aussie wingers

Who lines up for the Wallabies' first Test against France?

Reds Rebels scrum battle will be epic!!!

Also think 11 Daugunu 12 Stewart 13 Paisami 14 Petaia 15 Campbell is the strongest backline

Super Rugby AU Round 7 teams: Brumbies get star winger back ahead of Tahs clash

The NRL have said these are sexist comments – degrading towards women.

But how do they know he was talking about women? Maybe he swings the other way.

It seems like the NRL are the insensitive ones by assuming his sexuality.

Toby Rudolf warned by the NRL after these comments

As a rugby purist I agree with you, I’d happily watch a grinding game for hours. I think the problem is the way society is going and what broadcasters want to put out. Everything is about quick and easy these days. If a game had a number of scrum resets under your rules, the game time may blow out, and only the hardcore rugby fans will stay watching. My opinion would be to look at rules that speed the game up, rather than just switching the clock off everytime there is a stoppage.

The public deserves better for their Test rugby dollar

He and one other commentator said the ABs would win by 40 plus before the game. I thought that was a very cocky prediction against a team with so many unknowns around them. Even though it felt like that was a possible result, it seemed very cocky and actually a bit disrespectful.

Congrats Argentina, one of the best games I’ve ever watched!

Pumas beat All Blacks for the first time

And play like that for 85 minutes, not 70

Pumas beat All Blacks for the first time

Lucky then that the Blues are keeping Gutho to balance it out

Maroons make three team changes for Origin 3 as Blues go unchanged

There were tries scored on both sides, none more predominant than the other. Also, Munster went off after two minutes so that made defending on the left harder. Also I believe Cody Walker is more destructive attacking right. The only black mark I would put on Capewell is the poor missed tackle on Walker before his try. Succesful QLD teams have very often fielded a workhorse type centre. He was also one of the best on the park in Origin 1.

Maroons make three team changes for Origin 3 as Blues go unchanged

The only player that I can see is maybe too comfortable holding onto his position is Nic White. Although I don’t think he’s played particularly badly, I think he can play better. And we still don’t know what McDermott could do with a starting shot.

Dave Rennie's influence starting to shape the Wallabies

Who’s making comparisons to Folau? Your maltese terrier?

He scored the try.

What a waste of an article.

Xavier Coates' try in Origin 2 was spectacular and totally unnecessary

Nothing wrong with what Hooper did and everything right. At worst you’re saying he made a bad choice of words. We’ve all seen players get penalties against them for dissent, and this wasn’t anywhere near that threshold. Sorry but this is a really silly article mate.

Michael Hooper needs to show some respect

I wonder how Val will go playing under Bennett – could that ceiling be lifted a bit higher?

The Roar’s State of Origin expert tips and predictions: NSW Blues vs Queensland Maroons, Game 2, 2020

So after 4 matches, what is our best looking 15 on current Test match form (injuries aside)?? I think something like this:

Slipper and BPA have 1 and 2 locked for now.
I think Tupou had great impact from the bench, and can play well there, but still think he should be starting because AAA hasn’t really shown a huge amount has he?
Philip and Lukhan 4 and 5
7 and 8 are easy choices but who is our best 6?? Swinton prob deserves another crack, but this one that isn’t settled.
9 I’d really like Tate to be given a run on shot, I think he would have carved up on his home pitch last night, but really White is the number 9 for now.
11 is obviously Marika
14 Wright has it for now
13 Petaia if he can stay fit (have you ever watched a game from him where he doesn’t look like being injured??)
10 and 12 and 15 are more difficult. I am happy to leave Banks there (he hasn’t set the world on fire, but shown enough that he can grow into the role) I guess it would still be JOC and Toomua at 10/12 if they’re fit? But as Banks most likely has the 15 wrapped up, there’s no where for Hodge in the starting XV and I think he should be there. If I was selector I’d give him the 15 jersey mainly because, for me, even before this game I’ve always thought he was one who should be in your run on side, and Banks hasn’t been outstanding. Hodge always turns up and plays hard, the long goal kicks can be a huge turning point, and he is usually mistake free. For me he should be a starter. Either in the 12 or 15 jersey.

How far off am I?

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