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ex grade union player, ex ref, ex very poor coach. Played in UK, South Africa, NZ and here.

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Hi Nick, I agree with what you say but in your article, the areas of improvement/change are so extensive that it strikes me that he is almost a different player.
I stand by my observation that we need to up the professionalism and effectiveness of our coaches and the shortage of people capable of ID’ing talent outside of the obvious.

Why the Wallabies still need 'Three Storey Rory'

What do you think Roux is referring to?
“but we would not have been taking this decision but for actions elsewhere,’ said Roux.”

Super Rugby as we know it all but over after South Africa votes to quit, send teams to Europe instead

RW: I never understood why Morahan was not appreciated here. His skill set is outstanding but he could not get many starts in the Wallabies and was often on the bench in SR here.
Another of our weaknesses, inability to recognise potential and make the most of it.

Why the Wallabies still need 'Three Storey Rory'

Nick, thanks a lot, your article made me think that our coaches are not capable of bringing out the best in forwards. How can a guy of 30 who’s played all his rugby in Australia be learning and improving so much in such a short time?
Cheika proved that it is our coaching stocks and their training that need to improve before the players are judged. Our best provincial coaches the Brumbies, showed they are not capable of bringing on quality tight forwards!
We either spend some money on our coaches training or send them overseas.
A simple fact that most of our players improve when they play in Europe, so why are we so self-assured that we cannot see the obvious, coaching in Europe is a step up on Australia.

Why the Wallabies still need 'Three Storey Rory'

Bodger: That’s what’s great about this site, you have your opinion and I have mine and never the twain will meet. One of us will eat humble pie and I think it will be you and you think it will be me. Time will tell.
He takes the ball to the line but rarely gets any support, he kicks well in all areas. He is gutsy and tackles well. He will make a fine 10 in time. Obviously Rennie sees something in him or he wouldn’t be there.

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

RR: Don’t delete your comments, it’s a site for opinions and just because we agree more often than not, that shouldn’t matter. I am almost impossible to offend as opinions are just that, we are not making the big decisions…..

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

Agree Pete and that is what I am hoping Rennie sees in Harrison. The one time the Brumbies pack were worked over Lolesio looked uncomfortable.
Harrison has played behind a lousy pack all season.

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

Pete: Do you realistically think that Harrison will get a show in the first game? I would like to think so but the Tahs have done him no favours. Maybe Rennie saw what we see in him?

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

terry: Sio and Slipper are all we have at lh unless we take a chance as Cheika_mate suggests and play AAA at loose head. There is really only one area for a conservative approach to this game and that is JOC at 10 and Toomua 12 – this is just in case our fwds are delivering ticking bombs to the half back. Lolesio should come on after half time.

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

hugo: Depends, your thoughts are what most agree with BUT if the guys decide that they can’t win so they may as well go out there and throw everything at them it could get interesting.
The young guys, particularly from the U20’s have knocked over the Kiwis before and will have a different attitude than the older heads.
I am expecting a NZ win 25 to 15 if all goes as I hope.

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

Numpty: Backrow and front row are key. The pack are the key decisions in this opener. If our pack doesn’t win at least 50% we are going to struggle and then it is what our 50% looks like.
I am thinking he will need some effort in the backrow and I would go for an outsider at 6 Valentini, Wilson 8 and Hooper 7. I would put Philip in the row with LSL as I think Philip offers more grunt.
The front row has to be Tupoa, Fainga’a and Slipper/Sio I don’t care about TH as I don’t think we have a good one on offer.
Not great but a pack that will do the work and if they get their motors running could do well.

Breaking down three key Wallabies selection conundrums

CUW: We don’t have many players ATM who are world class so let’s make the most out of what we have. I am hoping they gel as a team and give a good account of themselves.
Next season we will have Lolesio v Harrison and I think Harrison will take it.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Pete: I am not so sure about Lolesio at 10, he was fine in the final when the Brumbies fwds did a lot of work as opposed to the semi. I wonder how he will go when Cane et al are bearing down on him and the Wallaby forwards are struggling at set piece. The AB’s will contest everything, scrum, lineout and breakdown so I am hopeful of 50/50 ball but it will depend on the quality of that ball.
Nic White has to start to clean up some of the rubbish and give the 10 a chance to do something.
If Lolesio thought the final was a fast game, the AB’s will be a big step up in speed and support. As always in internationals, it is the D that defines it and that comes mostly from attitude and guts.

Lolesio in mix for Bledisloe debut

OOP: I think we are going to need both those ‘old’ heads working together if we are to make in roads into them and to that end I prefer JOC at 10 and Toomua at 12, Petaia if available will bring the X factor we need.
Agree with you re injuries, would be a great pity if Toomua and Petaia are ruled out. The AB’s know exactly how to pressure a young player (lolesio?) in a game this important.
If we have injury problems I am hopeful of Will Harrison getting the job as I think he is a bit more stable than Lolesio with a good kicking game and good defence.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Pete: where in the rule book of The Roar does is say that?
Am I offside??????
PS I have not voted are you refering to voting?

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Daniel: Likewise I understand your preference. My reasons for JOC over Toomua is that I think JOC is a bit more creative at 10 than Toomua who he is a natural 12 and most probably our best 12 to play against the AB’s where we will need his defensive ability and game reading.
I suspect that Toomua and JOC will play well together as they have both been around a while and most probably respect one another.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

Happy enough with your picks Daniel but TT to start. I am, like most of us concerned about locks whilst LSL has been good he is not in the same league as Arnold or Coleman. Philip is the only other lock to my mind.
I would go JOC and Toomua 10 and 12. We need stability with the forwards likely to deliver ball that may not be the best. A young guy like Lolosia could lose it if he was being thrown hand grenades.
We have to deal with the cards we are given ATM. Will be a fascinating contest to see how our boys stand up.

The Wallabies team Dave Rennie should pick for Bledisloe 1

God called Tom, he wants to have a word with you!

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

Qantas is in the poo, I wonder what would have happened if the list of those ‘going to hell’ was produced today instead of a year ago?
Great win RA.

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

FF: Might put them at risk of some terrorists running off with them.

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

Geoff: my brother was in the army and had most of his body covered inc. the fox and hounds running down his back. Luckily in old age, it was all just a blue blur.

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

Bodger: Afterpay has also done a thing or two during this crisis. ‘Afterpay Wallabies’ sort of defines their financial position ATM as well.

Qantas stops spending on sports sponsorships in major blow to Rugby Australia

pm: I am thinking of protecting him to some extent to allow some recovery but still get some value of his skill set. Just for this season.

Wallabies still hopeful Jordan Petaia will play Bledisloe 1

jez, you read my absent mind.

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose

OOPS!

How the Brumbies had the nous to get home by a nose