The Rogues Rant #291

November 6 2021

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By Ron Wood

What a disappointing development to see three key Wallabies withdraw from the UK Tour after a run of very positive performances from the side. The loss of Quade Cooper and Samu Kerevi in particular and with the injury to Reece Hodge the side takes on quite a different look. I’m not so sure that Kurtley Beale is the answer but without seeing his performances of late I’m prepared to reserve judgment. One thing for sure, I reckon Coach Dave Rennie would have a very sour taste in his mouth following the withdrawals of players he put a lot of faith in.

Speaking of Rennie, I reckon his performance so far as Wallaby Coach has been outstanding. His willingness to make changes after a less than acceptable performance from the side in his first twelve months in the job is commendable. The changes finally saw the side play some positive football on the back of the changes in personnel. He must have been devastated to have to go to the UK without the three Japanese based players. Life goes on and in come some more overseas based players who still clearly have something to offer Australian Rugby. Rennie has gone for James O’connor at 10 for the match against Scotland with a mostly young inexperienced starting side with a lot of experience on the bench. It will be a very interesting match with Rennie’s use of the bench sure to play a vital role in the outcome of the match. Coverage of the Murrayfield Test Match is on Stan from 12.45AM Monday morning our time. It can also be seen on Kayo and Foxtell via beIn Sports. In coming weeks Wallabies V England Sunday 14th November at 4.30AM our time. Wallabies V Wales Sunday 21st at 4.30AM our time.

The IDRU AGM is set for Monday 29th November beginning at 6.00PM at Shamrocks Rugby Club, Woonona.   For details of the AGM and to access Nomination Forms and Agenda items contact Darin Crofts on 0404 829356 or email

Disturbing news came through from the UK this morning with the announcement that Englishman Andy Farrell has tested positive for Covid 19. That’s sure to put the cat amongst the pigeons so they say. It remains to be seen just what impact it will have on the Wallaby tour program.  

All opinions offered in this column are the opinion of the author. They should not be considered to represent the views of the IDRU.