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I would actually be very curious to see the lineout take figures between those two. Hooper being at 3 takes may have already passed Douglas’ total for the 2015 tournament!

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

Kane Douglas was as good as a non-jumper, too.

Wallabies (lineout) rising: Rugby World Cup quarter-final hope against England

I would also be starting White personally. I think he has shown the overall better form than Genia, albeit slightly, while his general play and goal kicking would be more important in what would be expected as a defence heavy QF slog against England.

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

LSL is an error prone player, though. Loses the ball in contact way too often.

Hodge’s long penalties have a terrible strike rate. White actually has similar range and a better percentage as a long goal kicker.

VOTE: Pick your Wallabies team to face England in the World Cup quarter-final

I think the biggest risk for SA is the European clubs having no interest in letting their teams into the NH competitions, just taking their best players.

Japan should join Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in an alliance

And unless things have changed drastically in recent year, SA still brings in pretty much 50% of the revenue for Super Rugby which is then distributed.
Any alternative provincial tournament not involving SA teams would have to have costs severely scaled back to be viable.

Japan should join Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in an alliance

Yeah ferrying people around in the middle of a super hurricane is probably not the safest option.

Cancellation of the game is bad optics for the organisers, but far better than “Azzurri tour bus thrown off of highway in 200km/h winds, there were no survivors”.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse slams World Rugby after All Blacks match-up cancelled

Or have all the 72k miss out, and play the games at an alternative venue without a crowd but still televised? Both games would be among the most watched pool games worldwide, it just seems ludicrous to scrap them entirely.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

Hopefully the Brumbies can adopt a strong rotation like they have for Sio-Slipper, or actually like they did previously with White-Prior, and they can both get sufficient game time to remain the top two form Aus scrumhalves.

White to return to Brumbies in 2021

Japan’s investment in weather control technology has finally come to fruition, guaranteeing their progression into the Quarter Finals for the first time.

CONFIRMED: All Blacks vs Italy, England vs France both cancelled due to Super Typhoon Hagibis

Yeah a positive signing, but I am sure the Brumbies will lose one of Powell or Lonergan as a result.
I just hope they stay within Australia if they do, as Powell should be the next with Genia gone, and goal kicking Lonergan is one of the most promising young scrumhalves coming through.

White to return to Brumbies in 2021

I haven’t seen the strength of LSL’s running either, to be honest. Goes in too high and has been prone to losing the ball in contact.

Dempsey’s skillset for mine has him competing with LSL, Hooper and even Naisarani. None of the other backrowers in the squad can bring what Pocock brings.

A Wallabies Rugby World Cup quarter-final against England: Dream or nightmare for Michael Cheika?

Surely he can’t be slower than Haylett-Petty or AAC?

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

Agreed, though at least it is not a completely unfamiliar halves pairing, with White and Toomua playing for years together at the Brumbies before they headed overseas.

Hooper to the bench, To'omua at flyhalf among ten Wallabies changes for Georgia clash

“How they failed to click is nothing to do with the people around them and is everything to do with their skill sets, or lack thereof.”

I would have to disagree with that. For example one of the main comments on Kuridrani in the KK centre pairing was he was having trouble injecting himself into the attack, instead being used primarily as a dummy runner. That is a problem far deeper than just who his centre partner is, it goes back to the attack strategies being deployed by the backline, which ties in the starting playmakers as well the attack coach.

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

It is known.

Kerevi-Kuridrani have had what, 5 games together as a starting centre combination? Half of which were years ago with Foley as the starting flyhalf.

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

Hodge’s big kick has yet to really provide that much value in general play, and his long goal kick has something like a 30% accuracy rate. White is there to take shots from over 50m if that is really needed.

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

White and Toomua never would have left in the first place if they were not constantly overlooked while in form.

White was instrumental in the 2015 win against the All Blacks yet was still omitted from the RWC squad that year in favour of Phipps. And Cheika specifically created the Giteau rule rather than start Toomua.

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

Yes assuming that Pocock’s sole contribution to a team is breakdown steals is to ignore all the other work he does. Ball-running ability is useless when your team is stuck playing defence because they cannot secure their own breakdowns.

Kuridrani though has quite consistent form against top teams as well, unlike many others who are flat-track bullies. Given the player selections and current form of some of the back three in the squad, I would be looking at fitting all of Kerevi, Kuridrani and O’Connor in the starting back line by having O’Connor either at fullback or on the wing.
A back three of Koroibete, O’Connor and DHP would be pretty handy.

Pocock, O'Connor under pressure ahead of Georgia clash

Kearns demming Folau Faingaa not worthy based on what exactly? He was unquestionably the form Aus hooker during the SR season, the most consistent set piece operator in the squad selections, and arguably the only hooker who can play 80 minutes. I can’t recall him ever having a shocker when called upon for the Wallabies.

Pocock not needed anymore until the Wallabies are losing the ball at the breakdown after any more than 3 phases in possession.

What's the real pass mark for the Wallabies against Uruguay?

Wasn’t having a dig at Hooper, just trying to highlight that we already have 2 of our 3 already selected primarily on the strength of their ball running, so we shouldn’t be needing to drop our strongest breakdown player (both disrupting on defence and securing on attack) based on his perceived lack of ball running ability.

Why selection cost the Wallabies their Rugby World Cup game against Wales

“We can’t grade on injuries, they’re something out of the Wallabies control.”
Unless Cheika has happened to find some sand hills over in Japan and a number of the guys conveniently all pull up with calf injuries.

What's the real pass mark for the Wallabies against Uruguay?

Yeah Rodda is not a Brodie-esque explosive ball runner, but he has maintained a strong work rate around the park and his lineout work has been top notch. I think he’s doing everything expected from a young lock. The alternative would be to reduce the strength of the lineout for no discernable benefit (Coleman looks occasionally more impactful but is inconsistent) or bring Simmons back into the starting XV.

Why selection cost the Wallabies their Rugby World Cup game against Wales

Foley definitely deserved a test call up on the back of his Super Rugby form, and would be in regular squad contention each year.

But his unquestioned starting selection for the last 5 years is generally reserved for a player whose SR form may go in and out but who has always delivered when in the Test side, like Pocock or like Nonu for the ABs. Foley has never been such a player.

More he was/is a player in a position where there is no unquestioned world class standout and so should be constantly be challenged by others around him based on current form, much like our lock selections.

Why selection cost the Wallabies their Rugby World Cup game against Wales

Foley wasn’t one of the stars of 2015. He had mediocre form leading into the RWC, played an amazing game against England, a poor game against Wales, then was Scotland’s best player in the QF.

Claiming that his form since 2015 has been due to overplay completely ignores the fact that his form since 2015 has been entirely consistent with his form prior to 2015.

As others have said, he seems like a hard working team man. He just doesn’t have the skills to play flyhalf at this level.

Why selection cost the Wallabies their Rugby World Cup game against Wales