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What’s your Aussie TOW?

Super Rugby Team of the Week: Round 10

For me, Hooper starts if Pocock injured. Otherwise, no room for Hooper in 23. Better to go with someone who can cover all loose spots, like McCaffrey or Angus Cottrell.

David Pocock's continual absence is causing concern

It’s Genia, then McDermott, then daylight. And if Genial is having a bad game, as he quite often does, McDermott is better.

The battle for Australia's No.9 jersey

Yes. He does some really good things, and his long passing game is a point of difference, but he can lose composure when under pressure. He had a poor second half against the Tahs, which was disappointing for fans that want to see him do well.

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 10

What about Ruan Smith, as a THP option?

Seven talking points from Super Rugby Round 10

Personally, I think what he said was idiotic and very unpleasant, but that’s just my opinion. The question is – is it realistic that he will play for Wallabies again? This year – I think not. But next year he will still be good enough, and Cheika, Genia, Pocock and Phipps will be gone. Would a one year suspension and a final warning be an adequate punishment? Maybe. Thorn would happily give him a spot with the Reds. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Folau playing for Wallabies again in 2020. Stranger things have happened.

Cheika stumbles in first test of new Wallabies paradigm

But sent Arnold and Coleman both signed to oversea clubs?

Banks eyes Folau's vacant Wallabies jersey

Maddocks maybe has the skills to be a good fullback and might eventually be a very good 10 or 15, but hasn’t had the gametime there at super level to be the starting 15 for Wallabies in Japan. But he showed against the Reds how effective he can be on wing. DHP is a smart strong guy, elusive and a reasonable catch pass game. But he’s now just to old and slow to be the Wallabies starting 15 in Japan. He should have followed example of Tana Umunga or Frank Bunce and switched from outside back to midfield well before 30th birthday. If he’d done that a year ago he’d probably be the best 13 in Australia by now, and he still could make the switch but no in time to be ready for WC. If Australia has a player that’s the real deal as a power running wing, then I’d love to see them picked, but I don’t think that’s the case. So then pick someone with pace and good hands and smarts and a long kicking game at 11 and 14.

Banks eyes Folau's vacant Wallabies jersey

Folau gone. Korobeti makes too many mistakes and doesn’t get involved enough. Become more obvious that DHP doesn’t have the pace to be in Wallabies back 3 (even though otherwise a good player). Beale unreliable under high ball and just not the player he was, so a utility bench option at best. Back 3 needs to be Hodge (11), Maddocks (14) and Banks (15). All 3 have pace, okay under high ball, do their job on def, and have a kicking game. Now pick a forward pack that can win lineouts, and you’ve got the beginning of a game plan.

Banks eyes Folau's vacant Wallabies jersey

Comments about “free speech” are lazy thinking, IMO. Putting aside the fact it was something he wrote, there is no absolute free speech. If you say untrue things that damage reputations you can get sued for defamation, if you say dishonest thing to get money you get prosecuted for fraud, if you say threatening thing you can get prosecuted for intimidation, if you say obscene things then in some circumstances you can be prosecuted, and if you say thing that can publicly damage your employer you might lose your job. You may as well claim that because you live in a free country you should be allowed to go around punching people.

Folau to fight Rugby Australia on sacking after meeting RUPA boss

That’s my pick Brett

Super Rugby Round 9: A little too obvious?

Tahs and Wallabies had a bloke who wore the 14 jersey and was a more than useful player. Unfortunately he turned out to be a total jerk and they had to sack him. Bad timing with the world cup just months away. Step up Morahan, you’re needed.

Aussie abroad: Luke Morahan

Well said Michael Leitch. Maybe you’re smarter than you give yourself credit for. You called Folau’s behaviour for what it is – bullying.

Japanese rugby legend takes aim at Israel Folau

Even “the Devil quotes scripture for his (own) purpose” (that’s Shakespeare, not the Bible, although Shakespeare is suspected of being one of the people used by King James to re-translate the Bible). Using scripture doesn’t make bullying okay.

Tah-Tah, Izzy: Rugby Australia, NSW Rugby confirm they'll sack Folau

I propose a special amendment to the Giteau rule. You can pick an overseas based player, if it’s what you need to do to replace a local player, if they are like for like, except you don’t want to select the local player because they are a complete tool. This would mean Morahan goes to world cup and Folau stays home.

It's time for Israel to go

Sauders would beat Highlanders ATM whether they played in Chch or Dunners (but Highlanders will keep them honest and fight to the end). All other matchups so close I reckon it will come down to home advantage. Which, for me, is a sign of an exciting competition.

Super Rugby Round 9: A little too obvious?

Stop and think about that. So you’re saying that Australians should support Aussie Rules over Rugby because the Wallabies lose, whereas Australia is the best in the world at Aussie Rules!?

Rugby Australia considers new competition options

But the Canes vs the Rebels would have to be a great match up.

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Sorovi has potential. With Tate McDermott, it’s not about potential. He IS playing better than all the other candidates for the Wallaby back-up 9 spot. Im sure there were lots of old men who claimed Farr-Jones and Genia and Gregan were too young when they first pulled on the green and gold jersey. Ken Catchpole was captain of Wallabies at 21. Langer was playing origin at 18 and for kangaroos not long after.

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Don’t know why you say Tate a long way off. He’s about the same age Gregan was and Genia was when they first played for Wallabies, and not much younger than Farr-Jones. He’s playing better rugby than any other Aussie 9 except Genia. He’s got to start somewhere. If Jordan Petia can go on tour, so can Tate.

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Tahs need to be smarter about when to rest players

The Wrap: Super Rugby? Now there’s something worth selling

Nice lineup KP. I think there’s room for debate about who the best scrumaging props on Australia are. Plus, when fit, Pocock is a certainty. Maybe some doubt whether DHP has the gas. I wish you were a selector!

Nine talking points from Super Rugby Round 8

Not terrible. Provided a second reciever. But not looking like a match winner for the Wallabies. A long way from it. Still running sideways, to no effect.

Nine talking points from Super Rugby Round 8

Thanks for the article JSJ, I enjoyed reading it. Personally, I think the Reds would beat the Force. But you’re entitled to your opinion and good on you for supporting your team and drawing attention to promising Force players who are maybe going under the radar because they are not in Super rugby. It would be good to see some of the super sides using their bye week and maybe using their second string players to give the Force a friendly match. I miss the Force!

The current Western Force team would beat the Reds

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