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I would like to see Skelton and Arnold if possible on EOYT as gives Rennie a chance to see how they perform and fit into the team now rather than potentially just before RWC which may be too late. I’ve watched as much French and European rugby as I can over the past year and Skelton has really surprised me -he’s added a lot more energy and intelligence to his game. I think Arnold has continued to show quality. Coleman has not been as effective for London Irish so I think Arnold and Skelton are the ones we want to see

Three more overseas players set to join Wallabies on spring tour as Giteau Law sidestepped

Good point, Terry. It was really difficult to differentiate. I couldn’t believe that the organisers and TV didn’t realise this. If Argies had played in light blue, would have been ok. Imagine if First Nations jerseys worn by WB against Boks in their green – no chance of recognising who was whom

MATCH REPORT: Kerevi and Kellaway deliver as Wallabies overcome Argentina

Agreed -and this is such a shame for Argentina and World Rugby; I used to enjoy watching the passion and impact of their scrum and they’ve lost their identity. Pleased, however, WB scrum has improved. It will be tested against England in autumn, however

MATCH REPORT: Kerevi and Kellaway deliver as Wallabies overcome Argentina

I agree, Mikey, lots of positives, particularly the forward pack, as you say, and Kerevi -definitely world class. I would agree he and Hooper in a World 15 but not Koroibete or Tupou -neither performed at level of ABs in those 3 tests

MATCH REPORT: Kerevi and Kellaway deliver as Wallabies overcome Argentina

Yes, I agree. With the new calm QC and not -so calm Nic White marshalling the backline, I think Hodge has a real chance to impress, I hope he does. Thanks for analysis, Nick

Coach’s Corner Issue 27: Who is really the number one team in the world?

I am disappointed I won’t see McMahon this week (maybe next?) but excited to see Leota start. I think Rennie has handled Swinton situation well -sets a standard about what is expected but done in a constructive manner where Swinton has every chance of getting his place back in the future if he improves tackling technique and has some Quade calming tablets. I’ve changed my mind so many times about 15 position but agree with a lot of comments about Hodge – he deserves a chance to show what he can do, it is a concern if we try to move too many other players out of position.

WALLABIES TEAM: Leota the No.6 bolter, McMahon overlooked, Hodge starts and JOC on bench

Carlos, you’re so right. Both Boks and Pumas did not look happy, invested in the way they were playing. It was only last year where the pumas were backing each other up for pop passes and off loads. Something is not right, unfortunately

The Thursday rugby two-up: Quick falls and rough landings

Good comments, Biltong at a time that’s clearly not easy for you – us Wallaby supporters know all about that! I think you’re right, the Boks will lose nothing by playing rugby by instinct, the passion should lead to better tackle completion and more confidence. Their set piece is never going to be far off. Would WB have won second game if in SA? -we’ll never know, but needs to be taken into account. I have enjoyed most of all the WB control, patience and composure , so sadly absent against AB. I will be at Wales match in November and am a lot more confident now then I was 2 weeks ago. WB to express themselves against Boks with a platform inspired by Sean Mcmahon?

The Thursday rugby two-up: Quick falls and rough landings

Hi Nick

I would also be interested in an exploration of the skills and temperament required for a fullback that can complement the other players and strengths of this Wallabies team. That leads in to a further discussion about current/future personnel -Banks, Hodge, Petaia, Kellaway, JOC etc. Do we add to list a potential back 3 player in Louis Lynagh? He was sensational at end of premiership season in England with Harlequins and has a big decision to make, now he has been selected for England squad of 45. I hope he chooses Australia over England and Italy – he has real potential

Get your questions in for Issue 27 of Coach's Corner

Fair points actually

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

Absolutely amazing. Makes it worthwhile sitting through all the shellackings from the AB! I was critical of Koroibete over last two games but shows what I know -great finishes and part of a backline that seems to be gelling and functioning as a group rather than individuals. Forwards must have credit; against the Boks, will not get quality ball with out taking them on. My favourite highlights were the counter rucking to gain possession and taking the Boks maul over the line at the end of the game. I agree with others re Bell -with Thor and Kaitu’u, a strong unit. I do feel sorry for Banks, was playing well. The exciting thing for me is we can get better and I want to see that against the Argies. Credit to team and Rennie

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

GJ, I agree re the impact OS players have had and the potential for more if Arnolds/Skelton -however, I would like Giteau Law retained with some more flexibility (say 3 non Giteau OS coud start or 5 in 23). I think if you open up completely, no incentive for many players to stay in SR

MATCH REPORT: 'Box office' Thor hammers South Africa as Wallabies charge to famous victory

Thank you Tony for summary. Wallabies and Rennie have a long way to go but Rennie and coaches deserve credit for selection. I like the focus on recent form, training and , most of all, attitude. I even think attitude didn’t lose us the AB tests, they are just a lot better at the moment. I agree re Hooper -he deserves maximum praise for keeping his composure during the tough times. I know Mc Mahon may be more a 6 but I think having him and McReight as potential 7s gives depth also

'I'm gobsmacked': Everything Rennie said on Hoops critics, JOC's key change and 'destructive' McMahon

Pleased with White starting but remain nervous, as others have said, about front row. FF fortunate to start and will need to be a lot better than last week. I would expect Boks kicking game to be much better – tactically and for goal, so, if we do not build on last week’s performance, we will not win this game. However, I think we can just nudge it with White/Cooper and forwards now having more confidence. What would be interesting is whether Boks try a more open Plan B if their Plan A is blunted like last week. That could play into our hands. One player I feel needs a better performance is Koroibete – he has been running solo lines that have resulted in some turnovers. He needs to be more consistent and be more aware of other runners near the goal line. Wallabies by 5

JOC stays on ice as Wallabies team named for second Springbok showdown

Nick White to start has to be a definite; he has that steel and I think he and Quade can control the game. Tate’s passing was poor but he could do some sniping runs at tiring forwards later in the game. I am really uncertain about JOC and 15. I think 13 suits him better, whether he starts or comes off bench. I might give Banks another start at 15, with a more confident backline and Hodge off bench

'He gets bloody angry': Nic White wins Wallabies start after fiery impact in Boks triumph

I agree, Ray. I think 2 years ago, Australian rugby couldn’t have been at a lower ebb in terms of results, coaching, media coverage and administration. In all those areas there has been improvement

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Good comment, Lindsay. No easy answer to this one. I think we have a chance to be competitive with NZ over next few years, but, you’re right, if we’re not, weakens appeal and TV rights.
But, if we do get it right…

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Sheek, I agree that RA leadership has not delivered but I actually believe there is some scope for better leadership over the next few years. What was key was surviving Covid, not going broke and reforming SR -that has all happened. Now the other challenges await

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Thanks Doctor. On its own, a risky strategy, I accept -but as part of a wider strategy, I think it can work

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Thanks Ray. Can’t fit everything into one article but I think you’re right about media coverage. I see it everyday when I read online Australian sports. I think it’s why some short term success is so important for Wallabies over the next two years

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Thanks Maximus. You’re right -‘getting our house in order’ is key. Rugby is not financially strong enough internationally to bail out Tier 1 nations – ARU must be self sufficient. I think it’s right that World rugby is investing in Tier 2 and 3 nations -important if RWC expanded to 24 nations eventually, maybe in 2027 in Australia!

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Sheek, ‘a massive game of catch up’ -no doubt about that. I think the discussion point is now about what kind of ‘catch up’ and where to. I don’t think it’s doomed but you’re entitled to your opinion, of course

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Thanks Hugh. I agree – rugby needs to be in a place to be seriously considered by more potential players, for reasons as you said. Played in all schools in England to some degree -more schools need to widen their offering in Australia

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Hi JSJ, yes seen that journey also. AFL national expansion was inevitable but I look back fondly at East Perth (my team) v West Perth derbies! You’re right re voting protocols – the ‘non-rugby’ states do need their voice. The debate about number of SR teams is over , surely. We will keep 5 so let’s ensure they are competitive

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

Thanks for comments, James. A pity you have moved but that is why rugby administrators need to act quickly. At least I’m an example of someone coming into the sport, which I wanted to share

Rugby's greatest strength can make it Australia's number one international sport

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