Wallabies EOYT

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    The Wallabies extended squad for the tour has been announced,

    Forwards

    Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Tests, Brumbies

    Rory Arnold, 15 Tests, Brumbies

    Adam Coleman, 17 Tests, Western Force

    Jack Dempsey, 5 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Tetera Faulkner, 3 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Ned Hanigan, 8 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Michael Hooper (c), 74 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Sekope Kepu, 86 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Adam Korczyk*, Queensland Reds

    Sean McMahon, 21 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Stephen Moore, 124 Tests, Queensland Reds

    Tatafu Polota-Nau, 77 Tests, Western Force

    Tom Robertson, 14 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Izack Rodda, 4 Tests, Queensland Reds

    Rob Simmons, 77 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Scott Sio, 38 Tests, Brumbies

    Lopeti Timani, 9 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Lukhan Tui, 2 Tests, Queensland Reds

    Jordan Uelese, 2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Backs

    Kurtley Beale, 66 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Israel Folau, 61 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Bernard Foley (vc), 51 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Will Genia (vc), 84 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Reece Hodge, 19 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Karmichael Hunt, 3 Tests, Queensland Reds

    Samu Kerevi, 13 Tests, Queensland Reds

    Marika Koroibete, 3 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Tevita Kuridrani, 53 Tests, Brumbies

    Billy Meakes*, Western Force

    Izaia Perese*, Queensland Reds

    Nick Phipps, 57 Tests, NSW Waratahs

    Joe Powell, 2 Tests, Brumbies

    Curtis Rona, 2 Tests, Western Force

    Henry Speight, 17 Tests, Brumbies

    Development Group

    Folau Fainga'a*, Brumbies

    Jermaine Ainsley*, Western Force

    Duncan Paia'aua*, Queensland Reds

    They will play the following games,

    Japan vs Wallabies

    Kick-off time TBC, Saturday, 4 November at International Stadium, Yokohama

    Wales vs Wallabies

    4:15am (AEDT), Sunday, 12 November at Principality Stadium, Cardiff


    England vs Wallabies

    Kick-off time TBC, Sunday, 19 November (AEDT) at Twickenham, London

    Scotland vs Wallabies

    Kick-off time TBC, Sunday, 26 November (AEDT) at Murrayfield, Edinburgh
     
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    Its been a well kept secret - Folau is not going on the EOYT and is not playing any rubgy until next Super Rugby season. He will play in the game against the Baa Baas next weekend.

    Makes the task of winning games on this tour considerably harder, been one of our best this year.
     
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    Why the cloak and dagger approach?
     
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    You guys can do without Golau in my opinion. The real problem is depth at 9 and 10.
     
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    Who will play at fullback if DHP is also unavailable?
     
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    Not sure!

    Folau is a big loss, the depth at 9 & 10 is not an issue unless something happens to the incumbents. Phipps will be reserve 9 I imagine, there are a few players in the wider squad that can cover.

    Maybe Hunt?
     
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    Cheika doesn't use the actual depth we have and pins Foley and Phipps to the team regardless of form.
     
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    I do think you guys have a few decent 9's potentially coming through. I like the look of Powell, Jake Gordon and Lourens but I'm not a huge fan of Phipps and Stirzaker.
    As for 10 I do think it's a little bit of a problem, unless Leliafano can get right back into it now that he's recovered.

    Hawera is a Kiwi, the Rebels lads were pretty woeful, Cooper is aging and has lost a lot of his x-factor, Jono Lance is probably your best prospect but I'm not sure if he's world class.
    I know Foley didn't have the greatest game but I really rate him highly! I do feel there is a big step down if he gets injured.

    As for Folau being missing, its obviously a loss to lose one of the best 15's in the world, but Hunt looked really good in SR and I can't imagine him letting your down, and their is always DHP who is a perfectly acceptable option. Reece Hodge could probably even slot in their as well, he has the basic skill-set of a 15, with perhaps less of the play-making ability.
     
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    Reece Hodge was a 10 at a lower level.

    The greater point is Cheika doesn't select options at these positions as they're coming through and actually develop them.

    Phipps wasn't even one of the top 5 performers amongst Australian scrum halves this Super Rugby season. Stirzaker probably should have at least been added onto the expanded squad at the previous World Cup as well.

    In Cheika's defense Louwrens got himself hurt to knock himself out of selection, but Powell was the form SR 9 and did nothing negative in the mid season matches to negate his selection. Had very little time given to him to do anything at all.
     
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    I would've thought Beale to FB and Hunt at 12.
     
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    I can’t see them moving Beale out of 12. So much of their game plan revolves around him now, I’d have thought moving him around could really be a shock to their system.
     
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    Yea fair call, it may not be the smartest idea moving him, but he's probs the next best 15 and Hnt is a class 12 too... before he got injured he was arguably the front-runner for 12.
     
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    Isn't Hunt primarily a 15? Why not just stick him there? If not, I'd be interested to see Hodge get a go there.
     
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    Personally I feel like hunt's better suited at 12 and is not far behind Beale as a 12, whereas Beale is a much better 15.
    That's just me though, could be wrong.
     
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    I sort of feel the same, but I think they will leave Beale at 12 whoever gets 15. Wouldnt be surprised to see swapping of the role of 12/15 within the game regardless - Folau & Beale already do that. I guess we will just have to wait and see what Mr Cheika does!
     
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    Was gonna say "they all swap roles regardless"...
     
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