Jordan Petaia’s quest to become a proper utility player

While he’s been earmarked as the Wallabies’ long-term fullback, Jordan Petaia is set to take advantage of the absence of star Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete. Workhorse Koroibete will miss the final round of the Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast on Saturday, as the Wallabies aim to secure their fourth successive win with another victory […]

Jordan Petaia’s quest to become a proper utility player

While he’s been earmarked as the Wallabies’ long-term fullback, Jordan Petaia is set to take advantage of the absence of star Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete.

Workhorse Koroibete will miss the final round of the Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast on Saturday, as the Wallabies aim to secure their fourth successive win with another victory over Argentina.

Australia earned a 27-8 defeat over plucky Argentina in Townsville last Saturday, which came after two wins over world champions South Africa.

Koroibete has already flown home to Melbourne to spend time with his young family, which includes a newborn, before Australia’s squad departs in late October for its UK tour.

Petaia replaced Koroibete as starting winger in the opening Bledisloe Cup Test after the latter was among a trio of Rebels players ruled out for off-field disciplinary reasons.

But the Queenslander has had limited game time off the bench since.

The 21-year-old said he felt he’d learnt plenty watching Koroibete and fellow Test winger Andrew Kellaway in action.

“Marika’s work-rate across the park, it’s probably second to none,” Petaia said on Tuesday.

“Not many players get across (the field) like him so it’s been huge for me watching him work hard, which has been good thinking about my own game.”

While happy for any additional game time, Petaia said he wanted to move into the fullback jersey long-term.

There’s an outside chance Wallabies coach Dave Rennie could start him there against the Pumas, although Reece Hodge is the more likely option.

“Eventually I’d like to take on at 15 role, whether that happens at the Reds or later this year, I don’t know what that looks like,” Petaia said.

“Obviously the more positions we can cover the better for the team and it’s good for my growth as well.”

Petaia’s season stalled after a quad injury ruled him out of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman competition and also the France Test series in July.

He has also suffered a serious foot injury and had a shoulder reconstruction during his young career but Petaia said he was now fighting fit.

“My body is feeling the best it’s felt in years,” Petaia said.

“I will just keep working hard and making sure that the strength and conditioning team is conditioning me well so I will stick with that program and not get complacent.

“It definitely feels good not to have to worry about all those previous injuries.”

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EXCLUSIVE: New in-ground entertainment mooted at Cbus Super Stadium

In breaking news, administrators at Cbus Super Stadium have confirmed that new, ground-breaking, in-game entertainment will be trialled for the first time this weekend in the final double header of the Rugby Championship. In response to a dour 100th Test match in Townsville, organisers have liaised with Rugby Australia, SANZAAR and the Australian music industry […]

EXCLUSIVE: New in-ground entertainment mooted at Cbus Super Stadium

In breaking news, administrators at Cbus Super Stadium have confirmed that new, ground-breaking, in-game entertainment will be trialled for the first time this weekend in the final double header of the Rugby Championship.

In response to a dour 100th Test match in Townsville, organisers have liaised with Rugby Australia, SANZAAR and the Australian music industry to try and increase crowd participation in anticipation of another potentially tight game to wrap up the southern hemisphere Test window.

Due to the furore that erupted in rugby circles this week debating the merits of ‘good old fashioned Test match rugby’ versus ‘good old fashioned running rugby’, inside sources advise that during any break in play, and while waiting for conversions and penalty kicks, new musical accompaniments will be played throughout the stadium.

In what will be a world’s first, ‘Sweet Caroline’ has been benched in favour of a more modern and game specific selection.

The Springboks will run out to the Thin Lizzy anthem that has also been reworked into ‘The Boks are back in town… the box is back in town’.

The All Blacks in turn will enter the stadium to ‘Run Baby Run’ by Sheryl Crow.

Classics such as ‘Kick’ by INXS, ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper, and ‘Can’t Kick the Habit’ by the Spin Doctors will be utilised while ‘The Longest Time’ by Billy Joel has been chosen for injury breaks, rest or drinks breaks, and any TMO reviews.

In another first, old classics such as ‘Little Boxes’ by Pete Seeger has been reprised by both Jimmy Barnes as ‘Little Bokke-ses’ and by Natalie Imbruglia as ‘Little Box Kicks’.

Daryl Braithwaite has reprised his iconic ‘Horses’ into a heart-felt Springboks tribute:

“That’s the way it’s gonna be little All Blacks,
We’re relying on our forwards, yeah,
Away up in sky little Faffy,
And if you drop we’ll pick it up – pick it up”

In a new in-game innovation, whenever Faf de Klerk plants his left boot back with toes facing skyward, all big screens in the stadium will be filled with a giant 3-2-1 countdown and crowd encouraged to cry out in unison and then cheer when he sends the ball flying.

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The screens will then prompt the crowd to chant ‘Whhhoooooooooaaaaa…’ while the ball is in the air and cry ‘Bingo!’ in Afrikaans when it is caught or ‘Ohhhhhhhh!’ in Afrikaans if it is dropped.

Patrons will be encouraged to cry ‘Ole!’ in Maori every time actually de Klerk passes the ball, and also every time a scrum collapses or needs to be reset. Some sources say there is a push for an ‘Ole!’ for any and all Springboks passes, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Whenever a player goes down for an injury, drinks break, or to untie and retie their bootlaces, the big screens will be filled with a giant stopwatch, with the words ‘Tick tock’ in Spanish flashing until play resumes – with the crowd encouraged to sing along in any language they choose.

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With plenty of room for other tracks, Cbus and The Roar have collaborated to call for other songs that can be included in the soundtrack album that will be available after the game and online as a tribute the occasion.

All proceeds from sales will go equally to counselling services for South Africa’s outside backs, the George Bridge Foundation for treatment of fear under the high ball, the Quade Cooper Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the compensation fund that SANZAAR has created to apologise for leaving Argentina out of the Rugby Championship photo.

Please leave all suggestions for appropriate songs below.

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