BREAKING: O’Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

The first Wallabies team of the Dave Rennie era has been announced, the new coach naming three debutants in his matchday squad for Bledisloe 1. Reds backrower Harry Wilson will start at blindside flanker and with Jordan Petaia ruled out of the match as he recovers from a hip flexor injury, Hunter Paisami has been […]

BREAKING: O’Connor at 10, four debutants in Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

The first Wallabies team of the Dave Rennie era has been announced, the new coach naming three debutants in his matchday squad for Bledisloe 1.

Reds backrower Harry Wilson will start at blindside flanker and with Jordan Petaia ruled out of the match as he recovers from a hip flexor injury, Hunter Paisami has been handed an international debut at outside centre. Winger Filipo Daugunu rounds out the trio of Queensland debutants in the starting XV, while young Brumbies playmaker Noah Lolesio has been named on the bench in his first Test.

James O’Connor has been handed the reins of the side at flyhalf after an excellent season wearing the no.10 jersey for Queensland, with Matt To’omua slotting in at inside centre.

The other major selection battle, that of tighthead prop, has gone to Taniela Tupou. The Queensland no.3 has been rewarded for a dominant Super Rugby AU season, forcing incumbent tighthead Allan Alaalatoa to the bench.

Wallabies team for Bledisloe 1

1. James Slipper (96 Tests)
2. Folau Fainga’a (12 Tests)
3. Taniela Tupou (19 Tests)
4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (21 Tests)
5. Matt Philip (3 Tests)
6. Harry Wilson*
7. Michael Hooper (c) (99 Tests)
8. Pete Samu (9 Tests)
9. Nic White (31 Tests)
10. James O’Connor (52 Tests)
11. Marika Koroibete (28 Tests)
12. Matt To’omua (52 Tests)
13. Hunter Paisami*
14. Filipo Daugunu*
15. Tom Banks (6 Tests)

Bench
16. Jordan Uelese (9 Tests)
17. Scott Sio (63 Tests)
18. Allan Alaalatoa (35 Tests)
19. Rob Simmons (100 Tests)
20. Rob Valetini (1 Test)
21. Jake Gordon (1 Test)
22. Noah Lolesio*
23. Reece Hodge (39 Tests)
*denotes uncapped

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The rejection of the Moana Pasifika bid to join the New Zealand Super Rugby Competition in 2021 is hard to comprehend and shows a lack of willingness on New Zealand Rugby’s part to expand the Super Rugby Competition and to grow the game in the Pacific.

The Moana Pasifika bid had been prepared meticulously and presented with a feasibility plan that contained more than 100 pages of cost analysis, possible teams and coaching teams.

NZ Rugby have said that they are going to have losses of $100 million, yet Moana Pasifika’s bid was expected to make a profit in their first season.

The bid showed through their projected sums that they could break even in 2021.

The Pacific Islands have been a nursery for producing some brilliant All Blacks over a long period of time, you only need to Look at two legendary figures of the game in Sir Bryan Williams and Sir Michael Jones who are a credit to the game of rugby union, are proud of their heritage and who have been passionately backing and campaigning for the Moana Pasifika bid to join the Super Rugby competition since 1995.

It goes without saying that it would do wonders for the development of rugby union in the Pacific Islands and how it would have inspired and motivated young boys to follow their dreams if the bid had been successful.

Now to make their vision a reality, they may be forced to rescope the bid and to shift the team from their proposed base in South Auckland to Western Sydney and play in the Australian Super Rugby competition.

One can only hope that NZ Rugby will reconsider their decision on the Moana Pasifika bid, which had a lot of merit, and look at it from all the different angles.

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