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A footy fan still longing for Sunday arvo games to return to Ballymore and Lang Park.

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I’ve got no real dislike of Foley.
Just think that he’s been at 10 for the bulk of our test matches in the last 4 years and in the last 2 years at least he’s played pretty poorly.

We know his very best is pretty good but the defence and pace of test footy coupled with the limitations of his passing and kicking game (and defence) doesn’t cut it in Test rugby.
And his best was 2015…he’s not shown anything like that resilience since.

It’s like Hannigan. I cannot stand seeing him get a spot in a Test squad but I have no dislike of the player.

Everything always comes back to the coach and former sole selector.

Angus Crichton could be the Wallabies’ next inside centre

Well said.
Not sure if all people understand that 13 is the toughest position on the field to defend.
Made even more difficult by having mediocre defenders inside.
And if you haven’t got a robust defender at 10 or at least the forwards assisting him, then the 12 will be under pressure not of his making.
Our loose forwards just weren’t getting themselves in positions to assist the inside backs defence in the second half.

Angus Crichton could be the Wallabies’ next inside centre

I reckon you are right.
I expect that after the RC Tests we’ll see a couple of the newer guys cut from the squad and a few added to the RWC squad who currently sit outside.
Don’t be surprised to see Hunt, Holloway and Hannigan come into contention and I don’t think Cheika can help himself and will find a way to get TPN in.
Pete Samu will be used sparingly in the RC.
SR efforts will be largely ignored so McCaffrey will slide further down the pecking order and Higginbotham still won’t get a look in.
And they will get Skelton to sign a SR contract commencing in 2025 or something and make that qualify him as well.

Angus Crichton could be the Wallabies’ next inside centre

It’s like Spiro and his favourite target Nic White all over again.
White only has one game back and Spiro goes on the attack for kicking too much.
I’d suggest every critic of halves kicking the ball away in games go and watch some open training sessions. They are coached and train to put up contestable ball. It’s not something that the halves decide on the run. It’s their game plan.

On Kerevi? I just figure Connor wants him out of the side at any cost.
Last week he wanted AAC in the side ahead of him…

Angus Crichton could be the Wallabies’ next inside centre

This article gilds the lily a bit on Crichton describing him as a devastating ball runner and ferocious defender with great hands.
He runs good lines, is an effective defender but hardly ferocious but is not known for his offload or passing prowess.
In 4 years he’s had 3 try assists. He’s never been there to pass or offload.

At State of Origin level, even last year he was just mediocre and in game 1 this year he was awful.
That doesn’t point to a bloke who is a ready made first choice Test 12.

And In the same paragraph the author makes out that Samu Kerevi, one of our few good players on the weekend, is a poorer passer than Crichton?
Spare me…

Angus Crichton could be the Wallabies’ next inside centre

Surely the NRL not allowing the Knights to register a future contract until they show how they will remain cap compliant is a positive?
And I’ve no doubt that the Knights already have plans regarding moving some existing players on. But often you also don’t want to show your cards too early in the player market.

Just about every club seems to be about $500k over before the start of each season when you add existing players on contract to new players signed and upgrades announced.

Then they look at moving on a $500k player by contributing $100k to another club to take him.
With the spare $400k they can upgrade someone by $200k and sign a good young guy at $200 to bolster the roster.

Knights, Titans and Sharks must clean up off-field mess

Cheika is clearly an intelligent person.

However, I think he actually believes he’s smarter than everybody else in Rugby and that his critics aren’t intelligent enough to comprehend and appreciate his genius.
Therefore he’s dismissive of almost anyone with an opinion which differs with his own.

It’s not that he’s wrong.
It’s because the players didn’t follow his plans.
Or the ref was biased.
Or…

The bloke has zero self awareness and there’s a touch of megalomania in him.

The Wrap: Are the Wallabies cursed? Too right they are

His whole family are quality people Riddler.

Coming into his late 20s things finally fell his way when Higginbotham and a few others ahead of him I the test stakes were injured and Ben was recognised for the job he’d done as Brumbies captain.

Whilst he should have been offered at lest something by RA to retain him, he also had an awarenesses that when people came back from injury he would likely slip down the pecking order.

So he took advantage of the exposure and the quality play he put together that year and took a nice healthy OS gig which he wouldn’t have got here.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

He is indeed a Villanova old boy.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

No doubt.

Nic White and Tom Banks to give Wallabies a post-Folau kickstart

I’d forgotten about Berne being there now!
I wonder what term his contract is?

Even though Cheika finishes after the RWC, I also hope that all the other coaching and management staff also have the same contract expiry.

Nic White and Tom Banks to give Wallabies a post-Folau kickstart

Ben Mowen has quietly turned up at Bottomley Park and played the second half for Easts in Premier Rugby last Saturday Riddler.

He’s in great nick.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Cheika is pragmatic enough to see it’s not working…?

When has he shown that pragmatism in the past 4 years?

4 years of convoluted and ineffective structures, coupled with consistently biased selection of favourite players who haven’t performed, then blaming the players’ performance on the fitness of our SR sides…

What makes anyone think that a change in selections and game style is anything other than being forced on Cheika by Scott Johnson?

Cheika has never shown the self awareness to actually consider his own efforts as the reason we have performed badly. If he has then it’s never been public.
In fact he has consistently doubled down saying that the plans are right and the players just aren’t executing them at the level needed.

Nic White and Tom Banks to give Wallabies a post-Folau kickstart

A good year?
Winning more than we lose would be a good start.
Beating SA and Argentina in the RC and topping our RWC pool without a loss.
Winning a RWC QF would be a great year.
Making the RWC final would be an excellent year.
I’ll settle for just winning more than we lose and playing well in a RWC QF.
Importantly, I want to see our team playing smarter more physical rugby. Not the recent years of convoluted structures and hollow excuses from our coaches.
Ultimately, I’ll have a few extra beers after our last RWC game in celebration of never having to see or hear from Michael Cheika around the Wallabies again.

Hell is watching a Wallabies game

Beale is where he should be – injected for injuries or to add some spark – when Cheika was winning he called them “finishers” now they are reserves again…

I actually just got home from 2 schooners at the local putting my tips in. I showed a mate the side and we both commented we were glad AAC didn’t get a start.

We know what we are going to get from AAC and it is safe as houses. We won’t win games with slow and safe at 13.
We have a limited 10.
Our 12 and 13 need to be dynamic.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

For mine, if you start LSL you start Hooper with him.
I’m OK with LSL against the Boks but feel Jones could have taken the Dempsey spot. Need to get him in there and give him a couple of runs.

Knowing Cheika he’ll play Jones against the ABs and start Simmons at lock and Samu at 8 and everyone will be criticising Jones for his lack of impact running the ball…

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Really noticed watching Exeter than Nic White lost the need for a two step to build momentum before he passed.
He passes accurately straight off the deck again.

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

Agree Riddler.
I’d hoped that JOC might get a run off the bench ahead of Kurtley or To’omua just to see very early on in his return where he is at in test footy again.

I actually expect Hodge and Banks to swap spots a bit.

Can’t believe DHP has played 30 tests already when he is rarely our best wing or fullback option. Maybe it is because of how he fits into the defence?

Tom Banks, Nic White named to start as Wallabies side to play South Africa is revealed

I’m a self confessed Wright fan on here.
Been pushing him as a ‘soon to be’ test 7 for more than a year. Plays for my club, watched him develop and he was always going to be someone who could handle top tier rugby.
He’s a genuinely hard kid and has a more rounded game than most of our other options.
I would not play him with LSL at 6 but would have him with Jones and Naisarani.

My Wallabies team to take on the Springboks

If I stay true to comments I have made over the past 12 months then Jones should start.
I’ve been a pretty staunch advocate of starting the guy who has shown the best SR form when there’s not an incumbent with a good history of strong test performances in that position.

It’s why I cannot stomach any talk of preferring incumbent players who have consistently played badly in a losing side.
Incumbency should only come into consideration when it is supported by good form.

So I’ll side with you on Jones.

My Wallabies team to take on the Springboks

Valentini and Maddocks are going back to club footy and Koroibete is going home as his wife just had their second child.

Huge shame about CLL!

My Wallabies team to take on the Springboks

Good side Peter.
Id be very tempted to start LSL on the side of the scrum at 6 and keep Jones on the pine just for the extra physicality in the first 30.

That said, you know we are going to see Hooper, Bernie and probably Kurtley starting.
At least with CLL going home Cheika will probably be forced to include JOC in the 23.

My Wallabies team to take on the Springboks

Give me a break Connor.
Samu Kerivi this year in all of Super Rugby is;
Second in total metres run
First in ball carries
First in offloads
Doesn’t appear in top 20 ineffective tackles – noted good defender Tevita Kuridrani was 4th
Doesn’t appear in top 20 tackles missed – Bernie was 4th
And in test Rugby I’ve seen him miss tackles at 13 but he’s been solid at 12.
And when you are looking at the tackles missed at 13 you’ve got to consider who missed tackles inside him to put him under the pump…KB and Bernie or our wingers rushing in to take their spots in the line?
Give him the start at 12 with a good defender at 10 in CLL.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

Agree
My only concern is who Cheika puts outside CLL at 12.
When we’ve given others a shot at 10 we lumbered them with Foley or Beale at 12.
Pick CLL and give him Kerevi, O’Connor, Hodge or Toomua at 12 in that order of where they currently should be considered as 12s.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies

AAC and TK are both very good in the ruck. Foley? Not so much but will at least get in there and over the ball.

Kerevi has to be given the 12 spot. He’s the best we have and we have some options to provide a second playmaker at 15.
That said, Kerevi has a very good pass and pretty good kick himself and is better at providing space for his support than our other options with his line running and drawing defenders.

I also think if we picked the side purely based on form and also giving some untried players a taste, then Foley stays in suit and tie in the stands.
CLL would start because he’s been our best 10 and O’Connor would be on the bench to see how he handles the utility role.

We know what we will get from Foley so if CLL fails we can go back to Bernie next Test.
But Bernie has zero credit in the bank after his past couple of test seasons to earn him selection ahead of CLL.

With the Rugby Championship about to start, here's what Michael Cheika can learn from the Junior Wallabies