Gus Gould made clear his opinion on the Australian side during the call on Friday night. There is no disputing the Australian side did not present their crisp, flawless selves of years past. Gus called for the retirement of “ageing incumbents” to allow for an injection of youth amongst the Green and Gold, ensuring Australia are contenders at the next World Cup. After watching the game it is pretty hard to dispute what the man is saying.
Still it would be hard to drop these “aging players”, when they still carry their club teams to victory week in and week out. Paul Gallen is a dominant force for the Sharks and also received Man of the Match in Friday night’s Test. I do not think the old Roos are playing bad but perhaps their stamina is not there in the late stages of Representative Competitions.
Below is my Australian side, made up of players 26 and under.
|1||Darius Boyd||28||James Tedesco||23|
|2||Semi Radrada||23||Semi Radradra||23|
|3||Greg Inglis||29||Blake Ferguson||26|
|4||Josh Dugan||25||James Roberts||23|
|5||Blake Ferguson||26||Kyle Feldt||24|
|6||Jonathon Thurston||33||Michael Morgan||24|
|7||Cooper Cronk||32||Anthony Milford||21|
|8||Matt Scott||30||Aaron Woods||25|
|9||Cameron Smith ©||32||Jake Friend ©||26|
|10||Paul Gallen||34||Dylan Napa||23|
|11||Josh Papalii||23||Josh Papalii||23|
|12||Matt Gillet||27||Boyd Cordener||23|
|13||Corey Parker||34||Jake Trbojevic||22|
|14||Josh McGuire||26||Josh McGuire||26|
|15||Michael Morgan||24||Corey Norman||25|
|16||James Tamou||27||Andrew Fifita||26|
|17||Sam Thaiday||30||Ethan Lowe||25|
|18||Aiden Guerra||28||Bryce Cartwright||21|
|AVERAGE AGE||28.39||AVERAGE AGE||23.83|
Andrew McCullough 26 (Backup Hooker), Corey Oates 21 (Backup Winger), Josh Dugan 25 (Backup Fullback)
Josh Dugan is hard to leave out of the side, but he has to be picked at Fullback. It’s neck and neck, with Tedesco getting the nod for his ball playing out the back.
Gus, what do you think?