18 August 2011

ACT players snubbed in World Cup squad. Good.

| johnboy
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Normally we yield to no one in boosting Brumbies players on the international stage.

But it goes to the heart of the Brumbies woes that today’s announcement of the Wallabies squad to play in the world cup saw two Brumbies players snubbed, and they thoroughly deserved it.

James Horwill has been named our Captain over Rocky Elsom (sadly still in the squad), and Matt Giteau has been left out of the squad.

Hopefully next year the big name Brumbies will be people we’d want to see playing for our country.

For those wondering about Giteau this tweet really summed it up for me:

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Attached was this photo:


Joke yadda yadda, context, yadda yadda. It’s twitter, it’s public, and it’s taking a nasty pop at a team mate who’s just extended hospitality.

Not conclusive of its own but for mine a confirmation of other suspicions.

UPDATE: We should however congratulate Ben Alexander, Salesi Ma’afu, Pat McCabe and Stephen Moore who have been named.

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Even if Palmer wasn’t injured, he wouldn’t be making the WC squad. Our scrum hasn’t been too wobbly of late.

Gits had his chances. He played 10 against Samoa and couldn’t get the backline to fire against a minnow. He crabs across field and from most accounts, is a bit of a disharmonious influence around the squad. You wouldn’t take him for his goal kicking either.

I could see the potential for him to be in the squad in place of Phipps (3 specialist 9s seems odd), but where would he play? Certainly not 10. We’ve got McCabe, Barnes, A. Faingaa and JOC who can all play 12. And I’d choose all of them above Gits right now. He could play 9 at a pinch, but it’s been years since he played there.

Leaving Giteau out is a joke. No-one elae can cover as many positions as he can and 97 test caps are nothing to sneer at.

Is Dan Palmer still injured? I counted exactly zero tight head props in that squad.

Holden Caulfield11:11 am 18 Aug 11

Surprised there wasn’t more coverage on RA about Giteau and his tweets on being dumped from the Wabbalies.

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