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    Hopefully the selectors will have finally realised that Giteau is an Inside Centre, not a Halfback, by the time the Wallabies play their first game, and we can see a complete backline carve up the mediocrity in this group....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clapo View Post
    Hopefully the selectors will have finally realised that Giteau is an Inside Centre, not a Halfback, by the time the Wallabies play their first game, and we can see a complete backline carve up the mediocrity in this group....
    Hopefully the selectors realise his best position for the Wallabies is at fly half where he can have the most impact. And push Larkham to inside centre and maybe even fullback where he started his career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    I can't see why Japan can't beat Fiji, especially with the quality players that their guys come up against each week in their domestic comp. Surely its improved the standard of their play, where they are a realistic chance of beating Fiji.
    Top League isn't that great in Japan, despite the quality of ex-pats who go over and play for them. Japanese players though get a little arrogant, case of being big fish in a small pond which exposes them on the international stage.

    Anyway, good ol John Kirwan is helping them along, and I really hope they do beat Fiji.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Has there always been 5 teams per group, i thought it was 4 per group?
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    It used to be 5 groups of 4 teams.
    It was 4 groups of 5 last time (a lot of the smaller countries moaned that the bigger breaks between games favoured the foundation nations), 5 groups of 4 in 1999 & in the first three tournaments there were only 16 teams (4 of 4).
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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyD View Post
    Japan to be 2nd in this group.
    Only if you were playing.... Oh, sorry, that was meant for someone else

    But in all seriousness, the Aussie's should walk it followed by the Welsh but I won't be surprised if there is an upset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    You still have to apply that natural talent which they hardly ever do outside 7s.
    They do enough of it in 15's to get by, certainly enough to beat a Japanese side that lacks size and any real ability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Hopefully the selectors realise his best position for the Wallabies is at fly half where he can have the most impact. And push Larkham to inside centre and maybe even fullback where he started his career.
    No way, in all the positions they've tried Giteau in, Inside Centre has proven to be the position he can make the most impact from. Larkham is easily our best fly half, and if he's injured or whatever, Barnes has to be the next choice, as imo our lack of a quality inside centre after Giteau is far more glaringly obvious than our lack of a fly half after Larkham.

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    Japan have a realistic chance of beating Fiji.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Hopefully the selectors realise his best position for the Wallabies is at fly half where he can have the most impact. And push Larkham to inside centre and maybe even fullback where he started his career.
    Giteau isn't a flyhalf, he doesn't have enough room to operate.

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    Giteau is our best inside centre and halfback. Gregan has looked OK the last couple of weeks but thats against a very weak side. I would like to see at some point Mortlock at inside centre and Tiquiri outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Giteau isn't a flyhalf, he doesn't have enough room to operate.
    played there the whole season for the Force didn't he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    played there the whole season for the Force didn't he?
    I'm not 100% sure, but regardless of what he has done with the Force I don't feel he is good enough to play at flyhalf, even if Larkham wasn't fit. Everytime I have seen him play there he looks to be under far too much pressure and he can't handle it, especially when compared to playing at inside centre where he has more room to be creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    I would like to see at some point Mortlock at inside centre and Tiquiri outside.
    I wince a little at this, because together, they are a very unskilled centre combination. Same as a Staniforth/Ashley Cooper combo for saturday night.

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    Depends on the tactics, they would be a fairly big centre combo and Tiquiri is pretty quick. It would also put alot of pressure on Larkham's kicking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    played there the whole season for the Force didn't he?
    I thought he played at Inside Centre tbh.... can anyone deny/confirm?

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