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Yeah I’m not a fan but Lolesio assuredly sealed the 10 spot since Carter gave the kicking away. McDermott has been bang average this campaign but, as was pointed out in the Reds article, he decided to drop the dart first pass second approach to rucks and if the Reds make inroads in the finals he’s got more of a chance. A form selection at 9 is hard. My hunch is it will be White.
9. White/Gordon/Lonergan?
10. Lolesio
11. Toole
12. Paisami
13. Ikitau
14. Ryan
15. Wright

Who let the Dog out? Ryan credits fringe Wallaby for unleashing huge potential - 'he's always barking at me'

Love this type of article and people prepared to think outside the box. The thing I saw at the RWC was the Vunivalu actually made himself a bit of a handful at times in close quarters. We’ve also seen at SR that he loves linking up with forwards near the line and has a few pick and go tries to his name. So somewhere like 12 could suit.

I’ll preface this by saying I dont think he would be exceptional, but I actually chatted with someone about him in the backrow.

'Big, line-bending, bruising ball carrier': What if Suliasi Vunivalu was actually supposed to be an inside centre?

It might not be to everyone’s taste, but they are the most inform back three and I hope they are selected.

Who let the Dog out? Ryan credits fringe Wallaby for unleashing huge potential - 'he's always barking at me'

Accurate. There’s no debate he’s the form winger of the Aussie sides. If he doesn’t make the Wallabies that’s fine, provided the guys picked in front of him deserve it on form. So that would eliminate Nawaqanitawase as an example.

Who let the Dog out? Ryan credits fringe Wallaby for unleashing huge potential - 'he's always barking at me'

Was thinking very similar. There’s a few similarities for sure. That confidence. Very headstrong and brave. Strong runner.

Who let the Dog out? Ryan credits fringe Wallaby for unleashing huge potential - 'he's always barking at me'

That’s a fair summary. I think there’s a few people probably a bit frustrated more to do with previous stories of how he hopes to be in the Wallabies, Schmidt’s straight bat comments being blown up and he does seem to feature a lot in match reports. Like you say, he divides the audience.

Cron delivers withering one-liner after Force flop, ducks Beale question as Reds run riot

I think people can’t help themselves at times. I think it’s fair to say Beale gets mentioned a lot on here as a sound bite and whatever your opinion of him he is great for clicks and comments. Right or wrong he enjoys a higher profile than others who wouldn’t draw as much attention.

Beale is quite a divisive figure with a chequered history which fuels the negative comments. Whenever I comment that his current exploits are overrated I get reminded that he won some awards 10 years ago. Whenever I comment his defence is as bad as its always been I’m told he’s super fit. There will never be a consensus between those that love him, those that hate him and those that at least try and separate personal opinion with fair comments on his shortcomings.

Personally, I find him a pretty poor bloke, really. I’m glad he wants to play for the Wallabies again and I will enjoy him getting nowhere near it.

Cron delivers withering one-liner after Force flop, ducks Beale question as Reds run riot

Can’t feel too sorry for Madge coaching the favourites yo win this year. We will try and give the blues a game. Hopefully keep it close.

Blues Origin team: Tedesco, Api axed, Trbojevic to captain, Maguire picks SEVEN debutants, Hynes in doubt

Olly c’mon mate. He lept over a player to score and I’m pretty certain his try against the Blues wasn’t what went on inside him.

I’m not heavily invested in him particularly other than wanting form players. But he’s not just dotting balls down. And I haven’t seen too many others do what he’s doing. And like the article says, we could use a new honey badger.

'His decision making is exceptional': Lynagh masterclass, Ryan hat-trick as future Wallabies help Reds stomp Force

Jimbo. I’d have to say Lolesio would honestly be my least favourite selection in the Wallabies in my time. BUT…as much of a fan that I am of Carter Gordon, for me he surrendered when he handed over the kicking duties to Jooste. It’s a huge shame but it’s near impossible now to say we’d be better off without a kicker given international rugby is now a penaltyathon. If he’s now second string at his club.

'His decision making is exceptional': Lynagh masterclass, Ryan hat-trick as future Wallabies help Reds stomp Force

I’m torn here because I do recognise some of these names are a bit premature – Lynagh as an eh had been carefully managed through the season. BUT I’d love a wallabies side picked on form. And that means there’s guys I’m not overly keen on eg Lolesio and Wright being picked at 10 and 15.

Qld maroons have often been bold to blood and back new talent and bring a generation through together.

I just hope we see form players picked regardless of time in the saddle. Hard to argue Ryan isn’t the form winger of the comp right now.

'His decision making is exceptional': Lynagh masterclass, Ryan hat-trick as future Wallabies help Reds stomp Force

There’s always contentious decisions. Frost just doesn’t have the physicality. He’s not a cake maker or whatever that saying is. Hard to see how he’s above Smith or Canham who is the player making me most excited – what a player we have there.

Gordon has done a lot of good things this season so a good spot. I’m a reds fan but hyper inflated ranking there for Tate. I don’t think he should be anywhere near the top. Pretty average season.

There’s so much justification in there and then there’s Nawaqanitawase spot. Ummmm. Seriously?

Wallabies Power Rankings: Bolters, battlers and Joe Schmidt's biggest calls ahead of Wales series

How important will pace be defensively and getting on the ball?

I want to like Cale. But I don’t see enough of a two way player.

Wallabies Power Rankings: Bolters, battlers and Joe Schmidt's biggest calls ahead of Wales series

Wright’s lineout, rucking and defensive work is much better than Leota.

Leota’s aforementioned running game is better than Wright’s.

It depends on what he wants. I’m certainly not sold on Leota in test matches.

Wright has had injuries that contributed to his stuttering career thus far.

Wallabies Power Rankings: Bolters, battlers and Joe Schmidt's biggest calls ahead of Wales series

It gets tricky on here sometimes breaking down historically built opinions. Historically, Uelese had an awful lineout. It has improved without question without always being recognised. Could we have that big body finally reach his potential? I certainly hope so.

Another example of a player marginalised – Donaldson.

Wallabies Power Rankings: Bolters, battlers and Joe Schmidt's biggest calls ahead of Wales series

Not sure if that was to me but yes I don’t think he was given the chances others got. I think from what I can see the Tahs have been run pretty embarrassingly. They seem to have too many centres and wingers. Not sure why a loan agreement couldn’t have been reached with some players. The pathways for our outstanding young talent are hopeless.

That said I can’t swallow players deciding they’re Scottish like this.

'I have the same feeling': Tah claims he's quit crisis club because he didn't get enough 'love'

If you look at the majority of the ‘Scotland’ team it is the quicker and easier path to international rugby.

'I have the same feeling': Tah claims he's quit crisis club because he didn't get enough 'love'

No it can’t be that. Its the coaches who are wrong.

So he gave it a big year of effort on his Wallabies dream and now realises he’s Scottish. There is something deadset wrong with that.

'I have the same feeling': Tah claims he's quit crisis club because he didn't get enough 'love'

I’d love to see him involved in some capacity. Not as head coach. He got a lot of culture things right. As a manager in some capacity.

'Sorry and embarrassed' Coleman opens up on 'sour and sad' Tahs ending, but dreams of return in time

I agree we aren’t spoilt for choice. My feeling is that White will be at or near the top. Lonegan has had some good moments. I know people won’t like hearing it but potentially Gordon or Louwrens.

I don’t think Tate has played that well in fairness.

Reds denied a losing bonus point by Drua in Fiji as Suli Vunivalu is sent off for tripping

I’m a Reds fan but I don’t think McDermott has done enough to be anywhere near the Wallabies vs Wales. He’s not in the top 3 9s right now. My issue of picking on reputation is where does it end? How long before half the team is picked but out of form.

On top of this I can’t see a reason why Ryan Smith shouldn’t get a look in.

Campbell no chance surely.

Reds denied a losing bonus point by Drua in Fiji as Suli Vunivalu is sent off for tripping

Did Carter play? Nothing of his game in the report. Sure it will be balanced against nothing about Lolesio this week either.

'Always fighting, always Rebels': Chiefs hold on after late penalty in emotion-filled Melbourne send-off

Hang on a second.

Firstly the record hiding against Scotland was achieved because of an early Red card to Kepu. Do you remember our record bashing of the All Blacks in Perth thanks to a Scott Barrett Red just before half time? Same thing. Also do you watch Scotland – they’re not bad.

Secondly it is absolutely criminal to suggest Wales who were in a dynasty of their own and winning grand slam and triple crowns in the 6 nations were slouches. They were ranked number 3 in the world for a reason and beat us at the principality and RWC where they had a close loss to the Champions.

Lost a tight series 3- 0 to Eng who were on a record winning run.

At least be balanced. I don’t want him back for the Wallabies. But to suggest a guy who’s taken Argentina to a RWC semi, beaten All Blacks in NZ and the Wallabies home and away with all his domestic success, Rugby championship wins etc doesn’t have anything to offer is bias. The names being thrown around in the article including friend of the pod don’t come close to what he could bring.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

I’d imagine he could get out of that if asked. I agree HC of the Waratahs is probably still above him but that’s entirely the point. It’s what makes the mate call of Hollies even more ridiculous coupled with the urgency that we might lose him to overseas teams.

Based on the logic of the Hollies, shouldn’t the Tahs be looking at Ben McCormack, coach of Brothers, who beat Randwick in the ARC?

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

Why wasn’t he a great Wallabies coach? Because he took us to a world cup final, won the rugby championship? In his tenure we beat South Africa, Wales and Scotland regularly.

I’d REALLY love another poor Wallaby coach.

COMMENT: Bizarre selection call that sums up chaos and disconnect at Super Rugby's biggest basket case

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