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Could midfield role for Folau yet be the biggest call of them all?

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has a few big calls to make ahead of what’s shaping as a monumental make-or-break campaign against the British and Irish Lions.

Five-eighth, back row, front row, midfield … at this stage, and despite the impressive Super rugby form of a host of leading candidates, there are still arguably more questions than answers.

That’s largely because Deans’s decidedly chequered track record in the selections/strategy department – think 2011 World Cup – has us all still wondering just how he intends to play it.

In a  way, of course, that may not be such a bad thing. Lions coach Warren Gatland and his tour brains trust could be left wondering precisely the same thing as they wrestle with their own, unique, selection challenges in the run-up to the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.

Which brings us back to possibly Deans’s biggest call of all.

No, I’m not talking Quade Cooper. I’m talking Israel Folau. Though, granted, the selection of Cooper in the playmaking role could well influence Deans’s thinking on where/how he might best utilise the outrageously talented multi-code hopper.

Until last weekend, I’ve got to say I’d have argued that, for all that Folau has been a revelation strutting his stuff at fullback for the Waratahs,  he’s still too raw — naive even — to consider throwing into frontline action in such a critical Test series. Until, that is, that try.

If ever Deans wanted more evidence of the X-factor Folau can bring to the table, it was surely there for all to see in that try he scored, with such contemptuous ease, against the Bulls in Pretoria last Saturday.

Wing with a roving commission? Utility weapon off the bench?

Or — think about it — outside centre?

 — Peter Thomson











3 Responses to Could midfield role for Folau yet be the biggest call of them all?

  • John Wagner says:


    Will send you one POSSIBLE Wallaby team in a separate email.

    Keen to hear your comments.


  • Leo says:

    Now, come on, Pete. Next you’ll be writing of the Australian Wallabies, the South African Springboks, the New Zealand All Blacks…!!!
    Don’t jump on such politically correct bandwagons, please.

  • Admin says:

    Leo, I think in the case of the British and Irish Lions you’ll find I’m aboard the geographically correct bandwagon.

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