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Formerly, I am a mediocre rugby backrower and more mediocre water polo centre-forward. Writing is a hobby and rugby is my passion. Catch up with my rugby thoughts and analysis on the Rugby Fixation podcast, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & more.

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I only wanted to mention players that didn’t play test rugby this year as the ones I’m keen to see develop, but otherwise Wilson is number 1 of who I want to see have a huge year

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

I like Walton, but I thought I saw somewhere that he’d be out for the majority of the season with an injury. In any case, Foketi and Perese would still be a clear centre combo for me this year coming.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Uru is very exciting, although we have some good locks and backrowers at the Reds. I would’ve liked to see him go to the Tahs if he wanted more time at lock or the Force if he wanted more time in the backrow, but I’m keen to see him grow at the Reds given how destructive he was this year.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Yeah I would have liked him to get over to a European side after his Reds stint, but he fell out of favour pretty quickly in Aus circles after a few average tours.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

No, not better than Lomax, but not that far off. Depends how well he’s been able to train with the Highlanders after his injury.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

I’m on board for all of this, except Ready. The way he injects himself into fixtures as a penalty magnet just isn’t for me. I think his performances in 2021 really showed some brain explosions and it’s the last thing I want in a position we’re struggling in.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Provides an interesting decision for the Waratahs. 9, 12 and 13 are locked up, IMO, but whoever plays 10 out of Harrison, Donaldson and maybe Edmed combined with which OBKs are used and where out of Nawaqanitawase, Ramm, Funa and Pietsch (to a lesser extent Reilly and Newsome) will be interesting.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

James Ramm was right in contention with Tom Wright for a Wallabies spot last year and some unfortunate injuries have just ruined his timing. I’m not completely sold on him stepping up to the next level, but I’m very keen to see him try.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

This is why he’s one I want to watch. His work rate in making tackles and carries is really only rivalled by his partner Bell, but if he can cement himself as a solid scrummaging option too he’s a real threat.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Agree with both of you on this – I’d personally prefer for all Super Rugby sides to play their players in the positions they’re most likely to play for the Wallabies, although I understand this isn’t realistic in every case. However, Paisami (12), Petaia (15), Hodge (15), Perese (13) and Harrison (10) are my key ones off the top of my head.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Ainsley would be a good fit for them, I see him offering nearly as much as Lomax can and he’s been given plenty of opportunities.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Really class player, would be happy to see him back at the Force and taking over a leadership role in the outside centre role there.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Henry will be interesting, because Paisami will start undoubtedly in their big fixtures, but whether that’s at 12 or 13 determines if Stewart, Henry or Flook are more likely to start alongside him. I think my preference would be having Paisami at 12 given the Wallabies can use Ikitau and Perese as 13 options who should be there for their Super sides all year, and with Kerevi not guarranted to be available for us, Paisami needs as many minutes in the seat as possible.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Yes, I was really impressed by his involvements in the SRTT competition. My hope is he has a full season at 10 with Powell and To’omua his 9 and 12 – plenty of experience and reliable service afforded to him so we can see what he can do.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

At the moment, I agree with this, but there seems to be enough confusion as to whether he will actually be the 10 at the Waratahs given the use of Donaldson at 10 and Harrison at 15 for a few fixtures (albeit with a different coaching setup). I’d like a full season starting at 10 for Harrison, Gordon and Pasitoa at their respective clubs so we can gauge the three of them fairly and see who looks to be able to step up to the next level easiest.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Yeah he was interesting, I think just behind a bit of a logjam at the Brumbies. In 2020 he went to the Sunwolves and I haven’t seen him in Aus since, but he might be kicking around at a local club if not still playing in Japan.

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Agreed. Is there a 10 you’re most excited by?

The next batch: The Wallabies to watch for 2022

Very interesting scores for Alaalatoa, White and Hanigan. I think the game could be worth re-watching for some, or at least having a look at the match and player statistics.

Wallabies Bledisloe 4 DIY player ratings vs New Zealand: The results

Great news for Australian rugby. I’ll be keeping my Stan account and eagerly awaiting the commentary/analysis team to come.

OFFICIAL: Rugby AU locks in new free-to-air broadcast deal as Nine launches Stan Sport

These things still need work obviously, a lot of work, but they have a raft of new players who are trying new things and a coach who is working out what works and what doesn’t with this lot. They really need to get the basics right in Brisbane, because when they do, they have enough strike power to cause some damage. Unfortunately the handling and protecting of our own ball has been so bad that it’s caused countless kick options that weren’t on, offloads to no one, balls turned over or penalties. They need to fix that asap to have a chance.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

I must admit I find it harder and harder to get as optimistic about our chances, but it beats the hell out of being miserable about it. They have to get there eventually, but it really does need to be asap before even more fans fall out of love with the team.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

This is the interesting aspect. I love him as a player, but he doesn’t pilfer effectively like we’ve seen Cane do this tournament. I still don’t know how our backrow will end up looking, but I’ve long thought we have great individual players to choose from, we just haven’t had a good combination/game plan that matches those selections.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

I hope you’re right, but it’s not looking all that likely off the last two performances. I won’t hang my hat on those as I know he’ll improve, but it’s a massive climb.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

The last 6 words are the poignant takeaway. It wasn’t enough.

Inspecting the last 50 matches since the Wallabies held the Bledisloe

Who would you like to have in the backrow?

All Blacks by 20 means changes aplenty for Wallabies

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