Weak Wallabies to play Italy

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  1. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    So we're going to take on Italy with a weak frontrow... a very light looking backrow... and Quade Cooper at inside centre... great...

    Smith to captain Australia

    June 16, 2009 - 12:45pm
    Story by: ARU

    George Smith takes on the Italy defense

    George will captain Australia against Italy

    George Smith will lead Australia for just the third time in Test matches after today being named as skipper of the Qantas Wallabies for Saturday night’s second Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series match against Italy in Melbourne.

    The game’s most capped loose forward, who became Australia’s 75th Test captain when he led the side against Canada at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, takes over from regular leader Stirling Mortlock, who is being rested this week.

    Smith led Australia for the second time in Tests last year, when the Wallabies beat the All Blacks 34-19 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. He was also in charge when Australia beat a star-studded Barbarians side 18-11 to round out last year’s Spring Tour of Hong Kong and Europe.

    The absence of Mortlock is one of four personnel changes to the Wallabies line-up from last week’s match-night squad of 22 players.

    Ryan Cross replaces Mortlock at outside centre while Peter Hynes completes his return from a knee injury he sustained during the Investec Super 14, stepping in for Drew Mitchell on the wing. Both players tuned up for this weekend’s re-entry to the international arena by appearing for their clubs last Saturday in Sydney and Brisbane respectively.

    The third change promises a big night in the Cowan household, with the Western Force prop Pekahou Cowan being handed the opportunity to make his Test debut.

    The 23-year-old, who has turned out for his Warringah club in each of the last two weeks, will become the 834th player to have appeared for Australia in Test matches. Cowan’s selection also makes him the 15th new player to have been introduced to the Wallabies since Robbie Deans took over as national coach last year.

    Cowan will be joined in the starting front row by NSW Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and Brumbies prop Ben Alexander, who gains his first Test start at tighthead.

    Both Polota-Nau and Alexander appeared off the bench last weekend but have come in for Stephen Moore and Benn Robinson, who are this week listed on the bench.

    Last week’s tighthead prop Al Baxter is being rested as is No 8 Richard Brown, with the latter’s place in the match night squad being taken by NSW Waratahs skipper Phil Waugh, who is the fourth personnel change as he joins the run on substitutes.

    Saturday night’s combination additionally features three positional alterations from the line-up which over-powered Italy 31-8 at Canberra Stadium last weekend.

    One of those involves the skipper, with Smith moving from the openside flank to the back of the scrum, in order to accommodate the inclusion of the Western Force 21-year-old David Pocock.

    Pocock will make his maiden Test start after three previous appearances off the run on reserves bench.

    Quade Cooper, who has only previously appeared from the bench at Test level, also takes his first run on bow, in what will be his fifth international, but will play from inside centre.

    He has been positioned outside of his regular team-mate at the Queensland Reds, Berrick Barnes, who switches from inside centre to flyhalf. Barnes last appeared in the number 10 jersey for the Wallabies against Italy at Padova last year.

    Regular flyhalf Matt Giteau this week starts from the bench.

    The third positional switch sees the NSW Waratahs utility forward Dean Mumm revert to the second row in the place of Nathan Sharpe, which allows Peter Kimlin to run out on the blindside flank. Kimlin became Wallaby number 833 when he appeared off the bench last weekend in Canberra.

    Deans says the changes to his line-up reflect a desire to spread the work load while giving more players an opportunity.

    “We believe in the whole group. That is why we selected them,†Deans says.

    “The guys who are coming in this week are good to go. Most of them showed what they could do last weekend in Canberra when they added to our performance after coming on from the bench.â€

    He said the changes did not reflect any dis-satisfaction with last week’s performance. Nor were the Wallabies under-estimating the Italians at all.

    “The changes should not be seen as a slight on the blokes who have missed out after last weekend. It’s quite the opposite. We were happy with the way the guys played,†Deans says.

    “This week is about our growth as a group. We’ve got potentially 14 Test matches to play this year, as well as the Barbarians game we’ve already had. Not only would it be unrealistic to focus that entire work load on the same players, a policy like that would also deny us the opportunity to develop others.â€

    Italy provided fierce competition last weekend in Canberra and Deans is expecting further strong resistance in the rematch.

    “They will have got a lot out of that performance,†he says.

    “They have shown in their last two Test matches against us that they are not too far off taking out a major nation. Nick [Italy coach, Nick Mallett] is quite clearly adding to their game all of the time. I’ve no doubt that Italy will be a major challenge again.â€

    The Qantas Wallabies team to play Italy in the Bundaberg Rum Rugby Series at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday 20 June (8.05pm kick off), is:

    15. James O’Connor (Western Force)
    14. Lachie Turner (NSW Waratahs)
    13. Ryan Cross (Western Force)
    12. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)
    11. Peter Hynes (Queensland Reds)
    10. Berrick Barnes (Queensland Reds)
    9. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
    8. George Smith (Brumbies)
    7. David Pocock (Western Force)
    6. Peter Kimlin (Brumbies)
    5. Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
    4. James Horwill (Queensland Reds)
    3. Ben Alexander (Brumbies)
    2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
    1. Pekahou Cowan (Western Force)

    Run on reserves:
    16. Stephen Moore (Brumbies)
    17. Benn Robinson
    (NSW Waratahs)
    18. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)
    19. Phil Waugh (NSW Waratahs)
    20. Josh Valentine (Western Force)
    21. Matt Giteau (Western Force)
    22. Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies)
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  3. candybum

    candybum Guest

    :eek: ?? still no Tuqiri??
  4. QLD

    QLD Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (candybum @ Jun 16 2009, 02:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
  5. candybum

    candybum Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 16 2009, 08:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    Right.. haha
  6. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    fantastic to see peter hynes back! who will take on the kicking duties? o'connor i presume?
  7. Woldog

    Woldog Guest

    Quade Cooper.... that's the joke. Whatever happened to Sekope Kepu who got injured in the same Scrum as Dunning, he seemed like an ok prop.
  8. BLR

    BLR Guest

    Not enough Force players....
  9. erwanseb

    erwanseb Guest

    A possible upset ??

    Italy ran Australia close twice in Rome, the last time with a big help from the referee.

    Australia is cerrtainly better but not by a huge margin.
  10. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Lol, Cooper. Australia are doomed.
  11. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

  12. danit

    danit Guest

    Nick Mallet named a weak (almost experimental) side to play game 2, ten players changed...

    15 Luke MCLEAN (Calvisano, 9 caps)
    14 Giulio RUBINI (O. Parma, 3 caps)
    13 Gonzalo CANALE (Clermont Auvergne, 47 caps)
    12 Gonzalo GARCIA (Calvisano, 8 caps)
    11 Alberto SGARBI (Treviso, 3 caps)
    10 Craig GOWER (Bayonne, 1 cap)
    9 Tito TEBALDI (G. Parma, 1 cap)
    8 Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 63 caps) – capt.
    7 Simone FAVARO (Rovigo, uncapped)
    6 Jean Francois MONTAURIOL (Venezia, 1 cap)
    5 Marco BORTOLAMI (Gloucester RFC, 75 caps)
    4 Tommaso REATO (Rovigo, 8 caps)
    3 Fabio STAIBANO (Castres Olympique, 7 caps)
    2 Franco SBARAGLINI (Treviso, 2 caps)
    1 Matias AGUERO (Saracens, 11 caps)

    16 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Calvisano, 20 caps)
    17 Salvatore PERUGINI (Stade Toulousain, 61 caps)
    18 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Viadana, 1 cap)
    19 Alessandro ZANNI (Calvisano, 32 caps)
    20 Giulio TONIOLATTI (Capitolina Roma, 3 caps)
    21 Kristopher BURTON (I Cavalieri Prato, 2 caps)
    22 Roberto QUARTAROLI (O. Parma, 2 caps)
  13. QLD

    QLD Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Jun 17 2009, 12:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Belt up Welsh fairy.
  14. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 18 2009, 01:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Belt up Welsh fairy.

    "Weak Wallabies" what does it mean? ;) come on guyzzzz does it happen? ;) ;) ;) ;)

  15. Sir Speedy

    Sir Speedy Guest

    Oh look, it's Quade Cooper!
  16. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sir. Speedy @ Jun 18 2009, 03:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    aahahahahahhahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    there he is

  17. Wally

    Wally Guest

    I'm not sure where all the hate towards Quade is coming from, especially the stuff coming from the Welsh fairy boys. He's 20 years old with three Super 14 campaigns behind him and is now starting for his country. Kid can obviously play.
  18. alexrugby

    alexrugby Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Wally @ Jun 19 2009, 09:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>

    And who hates Quade?
  19. QLD

    QLD Guest

    My team

    Alexander is our best prop, Baxter and Dunning should never start again. Turner > Tuqiri, he's got some serious speed on the wing. AAC is too good to leave out of the starting side, he's becoming one of my favourite players.
  20. Fushitsusha

    Fushitsusha Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Dale @ Jun 21 2009, 01:47 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Alexander has done well in the past couple of weeks at tighthead, but he's clearly not up to a level where he should be starting there against quality opposition...

    Robinson, Moore and Baxter is clearly our best frontrow with Alexander on the bench...

    Ashley-Cooper has been solid and will surely start at fullback against the French... O'Connor has done well too but like Alexander is a bit under-cooked and there's no need to be rushing him into the starting XV against a strong team...
  21. Hall

    Hall Guest

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Wally @ Jun 19 2009, 06:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    Clearly the Australian people have lost their famed easy-going nature...
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