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Yep agree, that was my concern apart from discipline, he drops easy balls on occasions.

WALLABIES TEAM: Izaia Perese debuts, Rory Arnold starts, as Beale and Skelton also named to face Scotland

A few of the commentators on here are definitely thinking a bit too early about England next week. I reckon DR will have them acutely aware of the threat the thistles pose, thankfully he has coached there so hopefully that gives us a boost.

WALLABIES TEAM: Izaia Perese debuts, Rory Arnold starts, as Beale and Skelton also named to face Scotland

Will need to harness the aggression at the breakdown when they have the ball for sure. I was thinking mostly about protecting our ball but you’re right SMI, will need to be equally competitive on defence. Like vs Boks and even Japan, successfully choosing when to target the ball will be key to getting us out of sticky situations.

Coach's Corner Issue 32: What do Scotland have in store for the Wallabies?

If it’s raining the forward pack (both starters and reserves) will help immensely. I wonder how DR approaches this one considering he knows many of the Scottish players. We’ll need to be very good in this game, hopefully all the redemption stories will have the guys up for it.
Next year fingers crossed we can pair the Euro forwards with Kerevi, MK and QC for the RC and England series. If so, an exciting prospect.

WALLABIES TEAM: Izaia Perese debuts, Rory Arnold starts, as Beale and Skelton also named to face Scotland

It certainly will be, WBs will need to have the same efficiency on our ball that we had vs Japan and boks. Having Leota, Valetini helps in the regard though and adding Arnold and AAA will too. They need to play smart rugby once they have the ball though, can’t get caught out throwing it around like vs Japan, which Scotland may try to force us to do

WALLABIES TEAM: Izaia Perese debuts, Rory Arnold starts, as Beale and Skelton also named to face Scotland

Consistency at the breakdown will be key as they’ve profited immensely from our lack of success there under Cheika (when we had the ball). I was at the Scotland game in Sydney 2017 and every second ruck was turned over… 😡 😢 Being strong in that facet is what will be needed to exert pressure and points, considering the potential similarities in game plans. Let’s hope they can do it!

Coach's Corner Issue 32: What do Scotland have in store for the Wallabies?

Joc came on with 6 to go, just after the Japanese missed the penalty shot to bring it within 7. Wallabies were cruising until QC threw the intercept, then they started playing all helter skelter and lost shape. Thought Joc’s steadying hand was beneficial, especially in the lead up to the last try. In saying that, I do agree that QC, Kerevi etc. will be missed.

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

I’m nervous too SMI, I just hope they can keep the momentum going (with or without the Japanese boys). Playing a match vs Japan may have been a good prep though, as their defence and all out attack will somewhat emulate what the Scots can/will bring. However, WBs must play smarter than how they did over the whole 80 vs Japan. We let ourselves down at times and we can’t afford it vs a more disciplined side.

Coach's Corner Issue 32: What do Scotland have in store for the Wallabies?

JOC (alongside White) will be super critical in marshalling the side; especially directing offensive play in the forwards who are the biggest asset we have minus QC and Kerevi. I thought Joc’s cameo vs Japan was good too and that he was much straighter than Quade which resulted in the backline playing more direct as a result and looking more structured. If the WBs pack gives them the base to play from I hope Joc can get the backs moving. Will be a huge test of them against some tough competition

From selfish to sharing: What to expect from O'Connor's crucial Wallabies comeback

Interesting article, thanks. Like the analogy too. My worry is that this eligibility issue may backfire and make the international game more like rugby league. I think most of us want to see the Pacific nations do well but I believe the immediate fix is still instituting a global season for international tests whereby all nations are free to select who they want, from wherever they want (should they choose to), without any oversight from the NH clubs. Tonga, for instance, were missing something like 20 players from their match vs Scotland last weekend as it fell outside the ‘November test window’. When that problem is fixed, then WR can start looking at eligibility imo.

The law of unintended consequences: Perverse incentives, eligibility and the Pacific Islands

Another troll MK, sadly there are a few creeping in at the moment

Scotland forward hails Rennie's 'brutal, brilliant' Wallabies, shares big insight into his ex-coach

Yep agreed, doubt DR will be buying any of the accolade bull dust, he’ll be acutely aware of the threat Scotland poses and hopefully has the boys primed and ready.

Scotland forward hails Rennie's 'brutal, brilliant' Wallabies, shares big insight into his ex-coach

They might be a look in for the RC? I thought that RA was planning on having the strongest available side for the RC next year, and possibly the English tests before that, but that might only be the Japanese based players on reflection.

Will Skelton reveals 2020 snub, and what he missed most in Wallabies wilderness

Yep, I’d hoped the Covid situation would change how RA was going about things considering they are essentially broke but it seems old habits die hard. General complacency has lead the sport, financially and in many other aspects, to the brink of the abyss but it seems no one ever learns. We’re lucky to have Rennie but geez where’s the foresight from the admin? It’s amateur hour over there.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

I agree, it should’ve been handled at the start of the RC and with common sense – sadly not so common at RA. I think teething issues in the sense though that the whole situation has come about very quickly with Covid. I suspect next year for the England series in July the players of interest in Japan and Europe will be brought on board very early, Waugh alluded to that in the paper. Still, not excusable that even the coach said it wasn’t dealt with early enough. Sigh, the life of a wallabies supporter hey? Hopefully with the French based contingent they can still do us proud.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

Don’t worry mate, I was pretty disappointed too and fairly pi$$ed off when they left. Felt like they were pulling the rug out from us at the last minute, just when we looked to have some ascension. I’m hoping the WBs will still do us proud over there and make your quid worth it with the Euro guys coming in. The developmental aspect will help too, going into the RWC and beyond.

If this whole sad tale results in a refined Giteau Law, like you suggested, and the WBs rolling out a side with QC, Kerevi etc plus the European guys for an England series at home and the Bledisloes that’ll do me okay.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

Yep agreed TJ, just read an interesting article about it on SMH, I don’t think the players deserve to cop the blame as much as they have while RA need to just move on. Waugh and Herbert said though this is a teething issue; possibly in the future they will look to select Japan based players for July tests and the RC but not Europe when the Japanese pre-season is on. That would work for me until a global season starts – would be happy to have the best Wallaby squad for the July tour vs England next year and the RC.

'I'm hurt I couldn't please everyone:' 'Vulnerable' Quade Cooper on decision to choose club over country

We all do it sometimes Mzi! 😁

Coach’s Corner Issue 31: Selection conundrums as Wallabies enter the Lions' jaws

I think the planning ahead for this could have been much better. Rennie even said said so himself. In future I’d like to think they’d be on top of this so we aren’t searching Europe for anyone with rugby boots and an Aus passport. Hopefully just teething issues for selecting guys from overseas. The main concern is depth. The WBs could very well come out of a pool phase with injuries in 2023 and have a run of three games similar to what they are facing in this tour. How they play seek to improve without key players will be a massive test.

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

Very concerning FB, the deflation that most Aus fans have experienced with the news of the dropouts is testament to that. Obviously the planning could have been better too in regards to assembling the squad but, regardless, it seems without QC, Kerevi and Marika we go from a strong side to an unknown quantity straight away. A huge experience for the young guys coming up; if we can’t find success up there this year hopefully everything that has happened pays off in the long run.

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

Absolutely. If there was ever a time to highlight that forwards win matches and backs determine by how much, this is it. Massive experience for newbies like Valetini, Leota, Bell etc. even guys like Tupou, Samu, Philip who we’ll be relying on massively. The French experienced players will help but as a group they all need to lift.

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

Cheers MK

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

With the disruptions they have gone through now and with the guys pulling out I’d like to think they’ll be very much in a backs against the wall mindset.

‘False narrative’: The BS construct that does my head in about the Wallabies’ winning run

Very much agree Brett, Wallabies need to strip the gameplan back and adjust it to the players available to them. Keep it simple. With the injection of the French based forwards, I think DR should look to lean on his big pack to hold the line. What will be most important is the side improving its discipline and remaining consistently good defensively. If we can exert pressure by holding onto possession and preventing the opposition getting cheap 3s and easy metres that might mitigate the lacking strike power. Alike the games vs ABs in Wellington and Brissy last year – the backs were lacking in comparison to NZ but we hung tough through forward play and grit. If they can replicate that then hopefully it’ll keep us in it.

The biggest hazard to this is England though, as it always is, and my worry is Tuilagi. A lot of focus defensively will need to be kept on him to prevent them getting go forward. Finn Russell is another one, but as he plays a style many of our guys are pretty accustomed to, I’d hope that we can contain him.

Huge litmus test of the Wallaby depth coming up. While Kerevi, QC etc. may be back for the England tour and the RC next year, the guys behind them are almost more important for ensuring that an injury run doesn’t devastate the side’s chances in, say, a crucial test series or the RWC. Circumstances of the current tour tour replicates that situation in many ways, hopefully they can galvanise and do us proud.

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

I hope so TLN! Maybe adding some of the French beef in the pack will somewhat offset the losses in the backline?

The Thursday rugby two-up: What needs fixing this spring?

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