June International Tests: Australia vs. Italy (24/06/2017)

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  1. BPM

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    I agree. I think Italy looked like a decent side yesterday and a little more composure may have seen them nick it with 1 point in it and an extra man in the last 9mins.

    It may be a controversial point, but I wonder if being without Parisse was actually a blessing? He remains Italy's best player, but he's not going to last forever and I often think he tries to do too much himself which doesn't always help the team. He'll obviously go straight back in to the team, but perhaps the performances without him will help to reduce the level of reliance on him?

    What ever happened to Gonzalo Garcia? I thought he and Campagnaro were a good combination but he seems to have disappeared?
     
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    Garcia is now 32 or 33 and a player coach in lower league France last i heard. I also liked him but he'd have been too old for the RWC.

    I agree on Parisse, he has been trying too hard (as underlined by "that" drop goal attempt). I am concerned we avoid a situation where he is an old man captaining at the RWC and again trying too hard and looking for play to be funnelled through him. I think it would be healthy to identify a captain for the future, make them co-captain and have Parisse mentor them.

    That way you are looking to the future but also paying respect to Italy's finest servant.
     
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    Well tbf he has been the best center in SR this year. He has been an absolute standout in a generally underwhelming Reds side. I'd say he's certainly the form center in the SH, and I couldn't think of anyone from the NH who's been better, so that's why I made that claim.
    Other way around I think mate. Hodge is an excellent 12, Kerevi an excellent 13. Haven't really seen them the other way round before so not sure that'd be the best way to go.
     
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    My mistake!
     
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    Yeah - that is the way to go re. Parisse I think.

    I had no idea Garcia was that old!
     
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