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A rugby game isn't a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that.

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Doesn’t have highlight reel impact? Is somebody forgetting his runaway intercept try vs the Pumas in 2015?

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Was he wearing budgy smugglers? Personally I prefer European style swim briefs myself

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

I wonder if Uelese’s strong scrummaging is also a factor. Sio hasn’t been great and any scrum with him will probably be stronger with him packing next to Uelese than our other hookers

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

The problem with that theory is I don’t think Wright can play Wilson’s role though

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Making the finals doesn’t mean anything.

The Tahs could have had the 4 best players in the comp, but the 11 worst too and been a poor team.

The brumbies could have had the 2nd best player in every single position and won it.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Had he ever played as well in super rugby in those years as he did in 2020? The answer is no.

If he can improve his super rugby performance there’s no reason why he can’t also improve his test performance

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

How does that help the line out?

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

11 tackles in 23 minutes is a pretty impressive effort

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Based on being the 3rd highest tackler in the team in 23 minutes I’d say he’s just effective

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Samu is a better jumper though. Wilson is rarely used in the line out

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Andy I’ve read a few people say this, but it doesn’t really add up to me.

Uelese I think played more minutes per game than any hooker, and also when he came on last game in his 23 mins had more carries than Fainga’a and made 11 tackles (compared to Fainga’a’s 5). He also won a pilfer

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

And he started out as a 7, which we typically expect to be the shortest back rower

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Wright hasn’t been more effective in contact and ruck involvements.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

I don’t think Stander is good enough in the line out. He’s a 4th really the quality of a choice option. Good physicality and work rate, but would weaken the line out.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

If what you want is a grafter to get through work and be good in the line out he isn’t a bad selection.

Really depends on the balance of the pack. Being the only type of player like this in the pack he doesn’t throw the balance out at all.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Despite? He’s actually a pretty good height Greysy. 192cm. Not beanpole lock height but in that 190-195 range that most good LO loosies tend to be (think Read, Higginbotham, Mowen, etc).

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

Nah it definitely wouldn’t have been that, simply because he used Wilson on the edge a lot. If he was too slow he wouldn’t have been played in that role.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

I did find it odd that he’s left Uelese on the bench again for that reason.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

The only thing I don’t get is retaining Wilson instead of Samu in that case. Samu is stronger in the LO than Wilson.

Ned Hanigan returns as Dave Rennie makes four changes to Wallabies team for Bledisloe 2

The issue I have is trying to have an each way bet. Plumtree says they just get on with it, and then also complains about it and says it needs to be dealt with.

NZ accuse Wallabies of dirty play in Bledisloe 1... while claiming 'All Blacks don't cry'

Paul I think there will maybe be more in the next 10 years than the last 10.

Either RA’s focus on retaining the best youth will see a few of the great players rugby normally loses to NRL at 18, start in Rugby and move to NRL.

Or alternatively if RA can improve the game in Aus (which some signs are there with the improvement in 20s but there’s a lot of water to go under the bridge there), we may even see them able to pick up some of those they missed in the past. Won’t be the James Tedesco level of players, but the Crichtons and Murray’s as mentioned who are great players, but not marquee players in NRL.

Will there ever be another Aussie dual code international?

Lucky Nic White survived on the weekend then.

International teams bring players back with limited game preparation all the time.

Rumours persist that Springboks will pull out of Rugby Championship

Why are their health or careers at risk?

Rumours persist that Springboks will pull out of Rugby Championship

We all know that not playing the Rugby Championship will lose you money. That’s a no brainer.

Rumours persist that Springboks will pull out of Rugby Championship

Peter I’d agree. Fainga’a was poor in the LO in multiple cases, but less viable targets put him under pressure.

The Wrap: Eight and a half crazy minutes light up the Bledisloe Cup