It’s time to back the Wallabies backrow selections Image via @Wallabies
The Roar: Right then. It’s here. The Rugby World Cup kicks off Saturday morning Australian time, with the Wallabies’ first outing in the very early hours of next Thursday morning. Finally, we can stop the guesswork and speculation; I suspect the team that plays Fiji will be the best team the Michael Cheika has named all year.
The squad was picked four weeks ago, and the blueprint for the opening games against Fiji (1:45am AEST, September 24) and Uruguay (9:00pm AEST, September 27) has now been laid out. Two different XVs will be picked and prepared specifically for those games.
So I reckon it’s just time to get on with it.
The calibre of players on the sideline in Chicago would seem to confirm that perhaps Michael Cheika does now know what his first-choice team is. Image via Wallabies Facebook
The Roar: The experimentation is over. Or at least it should be. With the Wallabies’ 47-10 win over the Unites States now behind us, the Rugby World Cup is now front and centre.
Cheika said before the game that he had his plans in place, and that only injuries in this game in Chicago would divert him from that course. Certainly, the calibre of players on the sideline would seem to confirm that perhaps he does now know what his first-choice team is.
I thought it was quite funny hearing Cheika have a little chuckle on Friday, saying “we do have a plan, contrary to popular belief,” but the thing is Coach, with so much chopping and changing over the last few months, it’s been difficult for the average Wallabies follower to understand what the plan is.
And it’s great to know that there is a plan, and even that you know what the First XV is. But is there any danger in letting us see it now?
Wallabies Coach Michael Cheika (left) and Captain, Stephen Moore at Friday’s announcement. Image: ABC Grandstand
ABC Grandstand Digital: This morning on Grandstand Breakfast, Al Crombie and I were joined by Andrew Logan, to talk our way through the Wallabies Rugby World Cup squad announced on Friday. Fair to say we’re still scratching out heads at some decisions..
Wycliff Palu is one of one of six changes made to the Wallabies’ starting XV for Bledisloe II in Auckland on Saturday. Image: ABC Grandstand
ESPNscrum.com: The Rugby Championship has been claimed for 2015, with the Wallabies’ 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney earning them their first piece of major silverware since the 2011 Tri-Nations title.
But that wasn’t the biggest boilover of the tournament – Argentina’s completely dominant 37-25 win over South Africa in Durban a few hours later takes that prize for sure and certain. It proves that Argentina still has some giant-killing life in them heading into the Rugby World Cup, and equally, it brought all the dormant fears of Springboks fans bubbling to the surface. How will Heyneke Meyer react, or indeed, over-react?
Here were a few things to stick out over the weekend:
- Argentina win rocks the world rankings;
- Cheika’s halves experimentation continues, and
- Panic stations in New Zealand?