The 21-year-old Melbourne Rebel is coming off the back of a stellar breakthrough season of Super Rugby. Was this really the same person who, at the age of 18, sledged 57-Test All Black Byron Kelleher during a Super Rugby match that the Reds were losing by 20-points? Both play against the Wallabies on Saturday, making the black pack all the more formidable. CONS: The pack is always an issue -. Retallick, obviously, does all that – aside from maybe the scrapping – but adds about 19 other dimensions to New Zealand’s attack. Japan were always looking to attack the Lions on the wings, but I think this was partly due to the red wall they kept running into in the middle of the field. Yes they have lost a few games, but only to a composite side – the Lions – probably the best Irish performance of all time back in 2016, and then a ravenous Australia giving every sinew in Brisbane last year in effectively a dead game. TOKYO (AP) – Two Belarus team coaches have been removed from the Olympics, four days after they were involved in trying to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to their country.
2013 – Tony Abbott is sworn in as Australian Prime Minister, 11 days after his election win over Labor’s Kevin Rudd. President Donald Trump, speaking from the White House on election night, falsely claimed that he had won the election and that fraud was being committed. The tournament dates to 2014. It has been played at Himmerland every year except for 2018, when Matt Wallace won at Silkeborg Ry. DAVID POCOCK – NO 8 Back from a year out the superb Pocock might be one of the nicest men in rugby away from the breakdown – but show him an opposition forward and the blood starts pumping. David Pocock is probably the most potent around the ruck in the world. Two weeks before the 2015 World Cup, I remember picking up the newspaper and the headline splashed across the back page was: ‘WE’LL PEAK IN THREE YEARS! People forget that 2015 was Stuart Lancaster’s first World Cup. The pressure of that home World Cup was suffocating. He is actually a New South Walian – so will feel at home in Sydney – and has been fully backed by Cheika: ‘the lad would not be in the team unless he warranted being in the team,’ was the typically straight-to-the-point response when the coach was asked about him.
Michael Cheika’s men were thrashed by England and Scotland on their last tour of Europe in November 2017, but an epic three-match series with the Irish at home has re-ignited some flames. Reached the playoffs three times but never the World Series. Father Adrian after a world championship gold. The All Blacks, who had not played in the United States since 2016, look comfortable in their first match since their 10-match winning streak was snapped by South Africa in the final game of the Rugby Championship. Lions hooker Ken Owens has committed his future to Welsh rugby by signing a new contract beyond the 2023 World Cup. Hooper said their progress from 2020 was encouraging, but that “more wins and some silverware” in 2022 would continue the upward curve “to give yourself a cracking shot to be peaking at the World Cup”. The storied ‘Pooper’ partnership of Michael Hooper. Japan captain Michael Leitch said the game presented a chance for the underdogs “to take down” the World Cup champions. ISRAEL FOLAU – FULL-BACK The biggest leap in world rugby, the full-back is a physical phenomenon.
Oh, and elsewhere, hooker Dane Coles and centre Sonny Bill Williams are not yet fit – so are primed to return shortly too. Hansen reckons he has ‘a lot of self belief’ and the 6ft 2in 15st 6lbs is more in the Conrad Smith mould than that of Ma’a Nonu or Sonny Bill. At 6ft and 16st he is perfectly shaped to lock onto the ball and win pivotal turnovers. A surfer, who gave his first Test jersey to his Mum Donna to thank her for the sacrifices she made to get him where he is, Rodda is an uncomplicated lock. IZACK RODDA – LOCK He has seven caps, but is a relatively new name for northern hemisphere viewers. Then let us know the player’s name. If Mako, Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and Billy are in your pack, then you can afford to have an experienced ruck-hitter like Dylan. The prevailing view is that these fighters should be judged according to the laws of the country in which they have allegedly committed crimes. PROS: Knowing the statistics above it is frankly mildly ridiculous that the All Blacks have been shorn of their best two forwards for large swathes of the past year.