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Rugby lover and Wallabies fan, but late to the game, becoming a real fan 5 or so years ago when in my mid thirties . From Perth, living in France.

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Beautifully put re Adamson, Geoff. Dry. Nice.

The Wrap: Two different ways to skin a cat as Wallabies and Springboks draw first blood

Not sure JOC can still be called twice as good as Hodge at test level though. Hasn’t had a good test performance in a few years. If he can still do what he used to he is better

WILL GENIA: How Wallabies should react to Quade shocker, potential 'superstar' and 'incredible' backrower excel

I wonder if it could be Skelton time instead of Leota against Sout Africa, with Quade now gone as an OS player. Start Philip or Swain and Arnold with Holloway at 6 and then have Skelton and/or Frost along with Samu at 19-21. Holloway and Frost’s flexibility to shift rows opens the way for Skelton. Might not want him against NZ though.

AUS vs. ARG studs and duds: Star who's 'changing the game', McReight's leap forward, Wallabies 'horrendous' flaw

They didn’t have to be though, did they?

ANALYSIS: Brutal Boks suffocate All Blacks despite early setback, exposing more problems for Foster to solve

Did it bother you too, Harry, his comment about FF?: (paraphrased) “He’s always involved, next time he is he’ll be penalised.” Ie. “I’m not looking who’s been doing what to who, I’m just going to make it simple for myself” . I didn’t think he made any really poor calls myself, but he was the most prominent aspect of the match for more or less the whole match. Also, while i’ve got your attention… I laughed out loud at your Cheika during the Argentine anthem and as opera-character-like. So true

AUS vs. ARG studs and duds: Star who's 'changing the game', McReight's leap forward, Wallabies 'horrendous' flaw

After Pocock? Pretty sure Hooper just continued his fine with-Pocock into arguably better post-Pocock play, as the best 7 in the world. But one good game by Mcreight and he’s already far more of a champion isn’t he!

ANALYSIS: Quade will turn to Sonny Bill on the long road back, McReight proves Rennie right, Hodge's defining moment

I’m not that fussed about pc much myself. It used to be a constructive thing for the marginalised and ostracised but i think these days it’s more weaponised and worn as a false/facile means for people who want to feel morally superior or pseudo-enlightened.

But in this case you are talking about a guy whose physical and mental toughness and courage is pretty hard to question, I’d think.

Wallabies blow: Hooper OUT of Argentina series amid 'mindset' battle, Rennie says skipper 'clearly been struggling'

Was interested to see if you’d comment, Tooly… Well put.

Wallabies blow: Hooper OUT of Argentina series amid 'mindset' battle, Rennie says skipper 'clearly been struggling'

They tested France more than any other 6 nations team did. France made a lot of errors against their pressure. They’re always tough

All Blacks selection: Are these the 23 players who will save Ian Foster’s bacon?

Nonu, Smith is all-time world class level; seems too big a dream/unrepeatable. ALB, Goodhue was one of the better centre pairings for a few years. One of the stronger points of tge ABs around the last RWC. I think they could compete with D’Allende, Am, which is the current best in the world combo, IMO.

All Blacks selection: Are these the 23 players who will save Ian Foster’s bacon?

Good point. I was thinking Paisami allows your centres a late rest rather than the outise backs, but there really is no 10 replacement in that case. Tom Wright would probably be the closest to it!

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

I do see how he can be frustrating but he’s very tough, fast, hard hitting, aggressive amd confident, some signs of good ball-skills.

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

Hard to imagine he’s not injured. Crazy not to play him if he’s fit

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

Havili trying to slow down D’Allende does look dubious. What i wouldn’t give for the Goodhue and ALB centre pairing of 3 years back if i were am ABs fan. They always seemed so controlled and steady playing around/off BB, covering him. And Akira is really going to have to lift, and fight.. But I think the Boks forwards are going to run right over them, dominate them, twice. They’ll then get/do the shake up they need and probably dominate the Pumas and Wallabies.

All Blacks selection: Are these the 23 players who will save Ian Foster’s bacon?

Apart from Arnold’s absence, no real surprises. I hope Leota really comes out with a lot of fight, to make the 6:2 worthwhile. I like Paisami more than most on here seem to, but it would be interesting to see Simone or even Foketi get a run at 12 (and i’d put HP at 23 instead of RH)

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

I think he’s shown a fair bit more than Banks at test level.

AUS vs. ARG: Wright boosted by key role, two debutants named, Rennie's bench gamble, Cheika's sweeping changes

Biltong, was that two post/(two punch) combo the greatest deadpan trolling ever delivered? I think it might be.

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

The Boks have a power game that should see them home comfortably. Wallabies might be able to get one off them though with QC’s game management. Reckon the Argies will win one against Oz.

The Thursday Two-up: Hopes and dreams, thoughts and prayers

Says something interesting that i and probably others easily could understand that

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

If a bloke like him is going to start suing folks for nothing we’re all lost..

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

Seen him there for the Reds at least once this last season, starting at 14. A Reds fan would lnow if it was more often. Thorn was shuffling them around a bit thos year

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

You are right, it’s not that logical. Not sterling options otherwise though. I just would leave Hodge and JOC out od it for now. No form to warrant selection

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

Just if they went with Simone, Loelisio late and they had to shuffle the backs about, if Wright, Petaia or MK were to come off. Goofy but plausible set up. Paisami has played some 14

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

While you’re here, how’s life in the senate? And do you reckon headgear did help you much/sace you from a few more concussions?

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

Forget Hodge or JOC for now. I’d be curious/interested/hoping to see Loelisio and Simone as 22-23, assuming he goes a 5-3. Paisami or Ikitau could both/either shift out to a wing later in the game to make way. Foketi ahead of Paisami would be interesting too. Does look sounder, as Nick points out. Doubt Rennie does anything more different than he has to though

Coach’s Corner: Why Foketi is serious contender after Samu blow, which No.10 gives ABs best shot to beat Boks

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