Australian Squad for Wales Games
Aussie team for Scotland named:
15-Luke Morahan, 14-Joe Tomane, 13-Anthony Fainga'a, 12-Mike Harris, 11-Digby Ioane, 10-Berrick Barnes, 9-Will Genia, 8-Scott Higginbotham, 7-David Pocock, 6-Dave Dennis, 5-Nathan Sharpe, 4-Sitaleki Timani, 3-Dan Palmer, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-James Slipper.
Replacements: 16-Saia Fainga'a, 17-Ben Alexander, 18-Rob Simmons, 19-Michael Hooper, 20-Nick Phipps, 21-Pat McCabe, 22-Adam Ashley Cooper.
I've started a match thread for this match too.
03-06-12 01:41 AM
So now I think we could have a better idea. Players that didn't have the bye on the weekend and then played a full game are Moore and Barnes. They should probably be rested, but they are actually the best options by a mile in their positions. At hooker, there is TPN, who could do but in general is better used as an impact sub. And at fly-half, there is actually no-one else besides Barnes. The next options would be the second and third choice Reds' FH's (Lucas and Harris), but none of them is actually a fly-half. Plus, I don't think Harris will be wearing gold for a little while. My guess is the following:
2. Moore (if fit, if not, TPN)
3. Kepu (wishful thinking, it will actually be Alexander)
17. Palmer (or Kepu if not starting)
Don't think that prediction will be too far off. Simmons might start at lock, as I think a Pyle/Sharpe pairing might be a bit loose (though I wouldn't mind seeing Pyle...). I'd predict they will start Higginbotham at 6, assuming he is still in good condition after last nights match. With Cooper back with the Reds I think they will have to stick with Barnes at 10. Not sure who will start on the right wing - I'd probably go with either Shipperly (who should at least be fresh) or Morahan. I wouldn't be surprised with a 5/2 bench as you suggest, with Lucas covering 9,10, and 15.
Originally Posted by ZeFrenchy