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Tony Harper

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Tony is honoured to be next man in as The Roar editor, having made his debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' Has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, News Corp, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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DR: “We’ve had 10 Tests, all tough opponents, we have four more and it’s great for us. We’ve learnt a lot and got a lot more in us.”

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR is the Barbarians coach, he says it was premature for organisers to name Quade Cooper in the team. Sounds unlikely that Cooper will play.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR on Kurtley Beale. ‘We’ve spoken about everyone who’s over there. We think Hodgey can do a job, Andrew Kellaway, we’d like to see Jordie play 15 at Super Level.’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR ‘There have been exceptions to GL based on covid. There will be discussions post Spring Tour’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR ‘The Giteau Law – there’s nothing based in concrete at this stage. The preference is to pick from here. Some of these guys coming in, getting a taste of the culture, hopefully that encourages them to come back here. We’re trying to bring home as many as we can.’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR says the Japanese based players Quade Cooper, Kerevi and Koroibete may not be eligible to play against Japan, but negotiations are ongoing.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Samu Kerevi a chance to be fit for the Japan Test and “certainly after that” says DR.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR on Lukan missing out. ‘You step aside and give other guys opportunities and they take them’ He left for the birth of a child and has found himself out of favour. “We need him more powerful from a leg point of view and a decent of seasn will help with that.”

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR: “Everyone wants to tour” he says about those left behind. But says Harry Wilson will make shifts to help him excel at the level by staying behind. “We rate him highly.” Noah needs to “put on muscle mass and work on how to defend at 10.”

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR: Last year Will was the best player in Europe.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR: Arnold ‘was one of the biggest losses’. It was too far down the track to stop him. ‘He’s been outstanding for Toulouse’. Will ‘really leaned down, Saracens did a great job with him.’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR says they’re unlikely to play against Scotland. ‘It’s tough. We’ve given them homework. They have to be well conditioned and we’ll make a decision around how they shape up when they come in. We certainly wouldn’t be using all three against Scotland’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR says he was really disappointed when Arnold chose to play OS and has been in constant touch with him.
‘It’s great for us and fantastic to have them back in the mix’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

DR: ‘Speaking to a number of guys around potentially coming home and desire to lay for the Wallabies. The sitaaution with covid created an opportunity.’

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

Dave Rennie will be talking about the tour selection at 1pm AEST. I’ll try to provide some updates in the comments, and then later in story form.

WALLABIES SQUAD: Skelton returns, Perese gets another shot, Noah left behind

will be up first thing tomorrow morning, cheers

'Every game I left two tickets for Ferris Bueller': Australian cricket's underrated comedy genius

Playing a lot of golf at a handicap of 2 and has given up the drink… Podcast is really worth a listen. Lots of Merv gold in there too

'Every game I left two tickets for Ferris Bueller': Australian cricket's underrated comedy genius

Benji has a two year deal with Fox Sports

'I've done some good stuff': Emotional Benji farewells NRL after 19 years of 'ugly, jumpy' magic

Come on Gee Up try much harder…

NRL grand final player ratings: Who sizzled and who fizzled

Have spoken to NB now, he’s a fan.. You should write some pieces! Actually start with one, that’s a lot less daunting than ‘some’ … 😊

Greg Holmes, 38, becomes Australian rugby's answer to Steven Bradbury, and our oldest ever pro Wallaby

Not as such… what about?

Greg Holmes, 38, becomes Australian rugby's answer to Steven Bradbury, and our oldest ever pro Wallaby

Brilliant. You should write headlines for The Roar

Greg Holmes, 38, becomes Australian rugby's answer to Steven Bradbury, and our oldest ever pro Wallaby

For who, Tate? He wants to see Jake Gordon in action. They are likely to take 3 halfbacks on the European tour, I’m guessing he wants to make sure Gordon is his No.3

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

Greg Holmes, sorry. Sean McMahon will be available to tour having gained clearance from his club

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

Sean McMahon speaking: “I kind of feel like the new kid.” Praise for McKellar. “It’s been great he’s direct. Dave is similar, they know exactly what they want.”

TEAM CONFIRMED: McMahon on bench, Holmes becomes oldest Wallaby in pro era, Tate rested

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