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    Be interesting to see where Tahu plays, he'd be a good outside centre IMO but he'll probably start on the wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speirz View Post
    Be interesting to see where Tahu plays, he'd be a good outside centre IMO but he'll probably start on the wing.
    There is bit for traffic jam in the centres, he'll play on the wing and Hewat will play at full back.
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    Yeah i would say he will start on the wing
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    Wouldn't the ARU be better off spending all that money on development, they obviously have the cash, and obviously the depth can't be too good when they go about and try and buy a team with a promised Wallaby jersey.

    I haven't seen him play much, but how good is Queensland flyhalf Quade Cooper? Because I read that he is considered a prospect for Australia in the upcoming Tests and possibily the World Cup. Not bad considering he has only had a handfull of Super 14 games

    I suppose they see he is New Zealand born, so he must be the next Dan Carter.
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    Worst showboating ever...

    A lesson hopefully learned for London Irish's Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Don't get clever til you've scored....

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    They did manage to win 16-13 tho, so he wasn't stoned to death by his team-mates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    A lesson hopefully learned for London Irish's Juan Manuel Leguizamon. Don't get clever til you've scored....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1914XF8afo

    They did manage to win 16-13 tho, so he wasn't stoned to death by his team-mates.
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    Bit closer than I'd have thought.

    Result of the day has to be Saints in Biarritz tho. 7-6, a proper old fashioned arm wrestle.

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    Bit late but......

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    Anyway. Chris Malone has signed for Quins next season, which leads me to think that the rumours about Chris Paterson signing have more substance than first thought....

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    Just booked my tickets for Leciester V that welsh side i can't spell.

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    Enough with the League recruits says Mortlock

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    From the Daily Telegraph today
    Time to test Tuqiri

    By David Campese

    April 20, 2007 12:00
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    THE Wallabies need Chris Latham. Unless he recovers from major knee surgery and hits top form in double quick time then Australia's chances of winning the World Cup will be as fruitless as the search to find his replacement at fullback.

    Who can Wallaby selectors turn to as a stopgap for the opening three Tests of the season next month against Wales and Fiji, and for the Tri-Nations series to follow?

    Drew Mitchell has been playing at No. 15 for the Western Force and continues to blow hot and cold.

    The Brumbies have used Julian Huxley and Adam Ashley-Cooper. Huxley would struggle at Test level in my opinion and while Ashley-Cooper has shown promise in the position, the Brumbies have not given him enough time there to press his claims.

    Peter Hewat at NSW has struggled with his defence in recent weeks and league convert Clinton Schifcofske has shown in a struggling Reds outfit that he still has a way to go.

    Another contender would be Cameron Shepherd at the Force but the Perth franchise has been using him to great effect on the wing.

    So who to choose?

    I would take a left-field option and hand the jumper to Lote Tuqiri, the only player who can come close to matching the running game Latham gives the Wallabies.

    But I would also pick two players with experience at fullback on the wings – Shepherd and Mark Gerrard – so the three of them could rotate at various times.

    Tuqiri could fill the fullback spot in attack with Gerrard or Shepherd, who are both long punters of the ball, moving there for set pieces in defence so they can return any opposition kicks.

    The only other genuine wing contenders would be Rathbone and Mitchell. Rathbone seems to be battling to find his old pace. It might have something to do with the injuries he's been carrying.

    Mitchell is a genuine speedster but I would probably leave him on the bench because he would add nothing to the kicking game of the back three. Given Tuqiri is not great with the boot it would be unwise to risk a second non-kicker.

    At outside centre Stirling Mortlock selects himself. The worry there is that Mortlock has been prone to injury in recent seasons. A lot of it can be traced to his fearless and aggressive approach.

    But there must also be concerns that Father Time is catching up with him, as it is with other senior players including Stephen Larkham.

    Another problem area is inside centre. Berrick Barnes at Queensland is a good young player but he appears to get rattled too easily at this stage of his career.

    Gene Fairbanks at the Brumbies is not of international standard and the No. 12 for last year's November Test against Scotland, Scott Staniforth, is not a ball player.

    Australia needs another playmaker alongside Larkham at five-eighth so my choice would be Morgan Turinui. He is out injured at the moment and may struggle to get in but he at least has some natural flair about his game, even if coaches seem intent on turning him into a midfield crash-ball runner.

    Larkham is another certainty at No. 10. God knows what the Wallabies will do if he gets injured because the next generation have not yet arrived.

    Halfback is a no brainer. Matt Giteau has to be there. The selectors would be crazy to go any other way.

    George Gregan does not threaten the defence and there is no way any team will win this World Cup unless they have attacking options in every backline position.

    Rival sides do not worry about Gregan because they know he will not run the ball and, if he does, lacks the pace to do any serious damage.

    Connolly needs to bite the bullet on George because if he leaves him at the scrumbase our World Cup chances will sink even further.

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    No way should Tuqiri be playing fullback, Cam Shephard is the way to go. The guy has had a great season and has been a very solid player in past years.
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