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I suppose the strategy is his positional flexibility, as he can play fullback, wing and centre at international level. The other two options – Banks and TK, can’t provide that to the side…

That said, you wonder why good young players are heading off overseas when 35 year olds are keeping them out of the team?

Michael Cheika sticks solid with winning Wallabies, confirms team for Bledisloe 2

Well, you were wrong about Giteau so let’s hope you’re wrong about O’Connor not ‘being up to test pace or standard’ also!

Wallabies and All Blacks gamble at Perth, are they defying the odds? Good for them

I don’t understand the second last paragraph dig at Giteau for no apparent reason… Gits had a huge rugby World Cup, particularly the support he provided Foley. Foley is still playing for the Wallabies thanks to that form that Giteau helped create.

Michael Cheika has found his Wallabies team, now he has to stick to it for the World Cup

Short answer, no. Speight, Pulu and Sefa should be considered though….

What is James O’Connor’s best position for the Wallabies?

O’Connor’s best position for the Wallabies is unquestionably 12. But, this isn’t how he’ll be used (if he is at all). The value of O’Connor brings to the Wallabies is his versatility, being able to cover every position in the backline but 9. Therefore, his best position is ‘utility back reserve’ this will allow Cheika to stack his reserve bench with forwards.

What is James O’Connor’s best position for the Wallabies?

It’s been a while since SBW has been an x-factor player for the ABs though. He also hasn’t forged much of a combination with Goodhue. I think going forward the ABs will be looking for a Crotty and Goodhue centre pairing with ALB coming off the bench. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the last we see of Sonny Bill…

Richie Mo'unga named to start alongside Beauden Barrett for All Blacks vs Boks

I can’t see NZ taking the foolish Wallabies route and playing two specialist 7s. I see the merit of having both Cane and Todd out there, but I don’t think it’ll fit into the AB’s plans.

Richie Mo'unga named to start alongside Beauden Barrett for All Blacks vs Boks

Disappointing to see Banks out of the squad. I understand we need to play around with combinations prior tot he World Cup – but don’t we already know what Beale can do in the 15 jersey. Give Banks more time to develop over the next few weeks and he could be a real asset to the Wallabies – leave him in the stand at your own detriment Michael…

Christian Lealiifano headlines raft of changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

JOC hasn’t played enough 10 to be considered for selection and even at club level he isn’t considered a genuine fly-half. He was initially brought in to play 10 at Sale, but was bumped from that spot after only a couple of games. O’Connor is realistically more of a ball runner than a ball player, and suffers similarly to Beale at 10 crabbing across the field looking for runners. When he does play direct, it limits his vision and he’ll struggle to bring his backline into the game. I think at this stage of his career he should be considered as a 12 – however I’d say it’s a bit of a stretch to consider his form at Sale as ‘world class’.

The changes the Wallabies need to make to beat Argentina

We still didn’t make it past the quarters of that World Cup though…

The changes the Wallabies need to make to beat Argentina

Love the team Pete.
Would be good to see CLL and White partner each other in the halves again.
You really think Toomua has a more varied game than Foley? Although I despise Foley, and agree that Toomua is a far better defender – Foley is a better passer and kicker than Toomua and probably plays better at 12 than Toomua does at 10.

The changes the Wallabies need to make to beat Argentina

I think we’re being a little harsh on Fainga’a and our jumpers. Sure, the forwards didn’t provide much go forward in attack or oompf in defense, but the lineout was incredibly strong.

Wallabies player ratings from Rugby Championship opener vs Springboks

Funny how a player goes overseas and we forget all their previous blunders. He might not leave his wing to compete for a ruck ball, but that doesn’t mean his wing defence hasn’t also been incompetent at times. Game 1 of the Bledisloe in 2013 is a good example.

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

Agreed. Quade can also execute a flat attack. Seems odd that the game plan almost seems to be built around Cooper… wonder if we might see him feature in the green and gold this year after all. I’d hazard a guess though that CLL will get the nod next week.

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

I think JOC will have the same struggles as DHP and Hodge. None of them are genuine wingers and O’Connor certainly doesn’t have the pace he once did.

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

Great article, I wholeheartedly agree. Those silly offloads were costly. Seemed to me like the game plan, was similar that to the Melbourne Rebels flat attack – makes sense with Shaun Berne as the attack coach. However, it was poorly executed by Foley, and while I felt he was he a solid game, he doesn’t have the passing ability or the vision to execute such a game plan as the sole playmaker. We will have to go back to the drawing board next week… or bring back Quade?

Six talking points from Wallabies vs Springboks

So was Foley – amazing how Giteau can make subpar players look good

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Don’t think he was being considered for the SA tour due to his late signing with RA. I’d expect he’ll make a return in Brisbane against the Pumas

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Both Todd and Cane are fetchers though – compare their turnover stats to Hopper. They’d both eat him alive in that category.

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Quade is playing behind a soft Rebels forward pack… easy to look good when you’re CLL or Foley with the tahs and Brumbies power up front

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Genia gets in on past form… he was always going to struggle behind the rebels pack this season

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

AAC hasn’t played a good game for the Wallabies since 2013… time to move on – we’ve got plenty of great midfielders in Australia

Returning veterans headline the first Wallabies squad of 2019

Eh, no one from Leinster? Their club has an average attendance of 17,000 per match… Tadhg Furlong, James Ryan, James Lowe, Johnny Sexton etc. These are the players fans go to see on a rainy 2 degree Dublin night.

The 2019 World Club Rugby XV selection

The hatred for Deans wasn’t without reason – he did drop Giteau from his World Cup squad and played O’Connor at 10 for the Lions tour.

In terms of the Australian backs stocks, we certainly have the players to mix it with the best. A Kerevi and Kurindrani centre pairing would challenge Wales’ Davies and Parkes and Ireland would kill for our options in the back three given our abundance of talent there – DHP, KB, Banks, Marika, Maddox, Sefa, Pulu and Speight are good examples. Hard to argue too, that Genia isn’t world class…

ROG and roll: Why the Wallabies need O’Gara

I completely agree – but it sounds like ROG is on his way out of NZ anyway. But it certainly can’t hurt the resume to have a season of international experience, particularly when you’re taking a job with zero expectation.

ROG and roll: Why the Wallabies need O’Gara