Don't forget - this list is taken from my running spreadsheet which you can download here:
My Wallabies team of the week (picked purely on form, not reputation). It's a squad of 23 with 7 emergencies, as it is only still early.
A couple of observations:-
- As much as I am an unabashed fan of Tom Banks, Dane Haylett-Petty outplayed him in all departments.
- Neither JOC at 10 or Jordan Petaia at 13 did enough to stand out, whereas Lolesio did and he is clearly special.
- I picked Cadeyrn Neville – in the trials he stood up and deserved his spot in the XV – he has a very high work rate. He is keeping Enever out of the starting XV, and Swain will have to fight for his spot in my view, in the Brumbies
- Liam Wright went well, but was just shaded by Hooper, whose work on the ball and ability to read the play out wide, is still first-rate;
- Joe Powell was everywhere and his passing game is crisp.
- Hard to choose between Hunt and Simone, but if Simone keeps playing as strongly as he did, he will jump to the front.
- Tom Wright had a great game and edged Marika out of contention.
11. Nawaqanitawase (if fit) – otherwise, Speight or Koroibete
15 Haylett Petty
19. Wright (Liam)
Emergencies: (if picking horses for courses):-
24. Paenga Amosa