- Sep 14, 2012
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Yup spot on. JOC is not a natural 10, he can play there, but in a tight test match, you need someone who's been playing there most of his career. I've been going on about sticking JOC in at 12 for years! If he can play wing, FB and 10, then he can play 12. He's not big, but for his size he is very powerful and he is very adept at making little half breaks in congested areas. Depending on injuries, I'd start with the following backline:
I've got Folau at FB & Beale on the wing, because I think Folau is a little bit more dangerous at fullback. Plus he is solid under the high ball. Beale is easily quick enough to play wing.
I agree with you and I like your idea. For me maybe:
I think that JOC can do a great job as last man. He has a good kick, is fast, strong and has good defense.
But as it's impossible that Cooper and Giteau are part of the team the best would be the team that you propose but with a small chance: Tomane as wing and Beale as first five. Regardless injuries.