There’s one fantastic and much awaited rugby match this
weekend – and no Wallabies are involved.
The All Blacks v England
match should be a beauty, particularly for southern hemisphere rugby fans
wanting revenge over the English scrum-scrum-and-not-much-else game. It will be
a platform for the Blacks to show it is possible to run and scrum.
Meanwhile there’s a sideshow event in Dublin
that will have bearing on which team might be able to claim 5th or 6th
place in the rankings.
The main news ahead of the also-rans game is that Wallaby
coach Eddie Jones probably lost whatever support he had left by dropping Chris
Whittaker from the Wallabies bench this weekend.
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Peter Jenkins in the Daily Telegraph tells it straight – Jones sacked a halfback who didn’t deserve to be sacked.
His reasoning is that Matt Henjak – the player who had to be
sent home from South Africa
– needs to be blooded for the 2007 World Cup.
But as every barking dog knows except Eddie, if Chris
Whittaker is going to be past it for 2007, the 18-months-older George Gregan
definitely will be as well.
Gregan has not been the Wallabies’ main problem this year –
the coach has – but he has not done enough to keep his place in the team.
Whittaker and Henjak both deserved a shot.
The move smacks of a coach who knows he’s going anyway.
should nevertheless win against an Irish team that’s not at its best either,
simply because their scrum isn’t a top-four unit either and our backs are much