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

Honourable Mention:

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?


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