The players at the 2020 Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour are some of the most exciting I have seen in a long time. Qantas Wallabies Assistant Coach, Dean Mumm and Wallabies Captain Scott Higginbotham are both world-class players, they are fast, powerful and incredibly athletic. They are all rounded players that I believe will thrive on this Spring Tour.
This Spring Tour will be the first time since 1996 that Australia has played an away series in New Zealand. This makes the team very hungry for success. Australia will be taking their quest for the Rugby Championship very seriously.
This Spring Tour Australia will be flying into Wellington. They will spend a day in New Zealand then fly straight to Australia to play the Waratahs. With the great brand of Rugby the Qantas Wallabies Play With, Australia will certainly have a very tough time beating the Waratahs in Sydney.
The next stop on the tour is Perth where Australia will face the Stormers. Australia has recently signed Wallabies Lock, Francois Louw. In addition, they have given the number ten jersey to former Parramatta fullback Jason King.
I think the question of “What about Wallabies team?” will come up from time to time. I do believe that the Wallabies will win the Rugby Championship this year.
When Australia meets New Zealand at Eden Park this Spring, it will be a test match. I expect Australia to take home the victory and I can’t wait to see the two teams put up a fight. After playing this team in Wellington, the Australians should be in perfect condition to face their main rival, the All Blacks.
They’ll need it after New Zealand shocked them last time. Their Rugby is far from perfect. It’s a work in progress and the Wallabies will need to be at their best to take the title. I think they will win the Rugby Championship for the third time in a row.
This is my prediction for the Rugby Championship. I think Australia will win it for the third time in a row. I’m giving the Wallabies a great chance to take home the trophy.
My next pick for Rugby Championship MVP is the amazing Christian Lealiifano. He is a wonderful player. He had a tremendous season in the 15 positions in the Rugby Championship, his conditioning is much improved and he is still explosive in tight.
He’s also a playmaker. I think it’s easy to see why the All Blacks have been so impressed with Christian’s play. Christian is one of the few guys on the team that knows how to create a good attacking line out.
Now that I’ve looked at my Rugby Championship picks, I’ll look at the bigger picture for Australia. Australia plays with a lot of heart and determination. For this Spring Tour, I hope they’re able to pick up a few wins.
If they’re able to pull off a few wins this Spring Tour, I predict they’ll be champions of the Rugby Championship. I don’t want to get too excited, but I do believe the Wallabies will win the Rugby Championship for the third time in a row. Go to Australia!
Are the Wallabies the favourite to win the World Cup, despite winning just two of their last nine Tests? If you think the Wallabies are heading for an easy ride in the Rugby Championship, consider this: The Lions’ last two World Cup victories came against Italy and South Africa. Australia has also beaten New Zealand and France, both home sides.
Why are the Wallabies so inconsistent, despite always performing at the highest level in any of their games? That’s where the Rugby News Index comes in. It will monitor the Wallabies, NZR, French and All Blacks, and other rugby teams, on their recent performances and chart the results.
You don’t have to go back as far as the Bledisloe Cup in 2020 to find the Wallabies lacking form and heading for defeat. Two years ago they suffered a shock loss in the first Test against the All Blacks at Twickenham. The following week they were knocked out of the Rugby Championship at the hands of New Zealand in Christchurch.
In spite of playing seven Test matches in the space of two months in 2020, there was little to suggest that the Wallabies had been serious contenders in the Rugby Championship. They won only two of their last seven Tests, including one drawn series against Wales.
Despite some back-to-back victories over France, and the Wallabies having recently replaced Wallabies coach Wayne Smith with his assistant Justin Marshall, there is still no sign of improvement. The Wallabies are drawing fewer battles, which explains why they have drawn the same number of wins as they did in the 2020 Rugby Championship. It is a problem that has been magnified by injuries to players such as Stephen Moore, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua and Ian Foster.
Why have the Wallabies not won the Rugby Championship since the inaugural season, when New Zealand was the reigning champions? Is it down to a lack of organisation? Can they improve their collective rugby skills?
Well, maybe that answer is in the books – but they would probably have a difficult time finding those. One of the problems is that the Wallabies are constantly trying to “update” their game plan for the All Blacks, or other teams. It’s just not working.
Australia seems to have the advantage over the rest of the teams in the Rugby Championship due to its familiarity with the All Blacks and their preferred defensive playstyle. Other teams have struggled to match the Wallabies in this area, which suggests that this may be a weakness that the team must exploit. It also suggests that the Wallabies can pick up several more wins than they currently appear to be doing.
Should the Wallabies be searching for a better player to replace Moore? Perhaps Stephen Larkham would be a better option than Israel Folau?
Maybe the Wallabies should leave out Toomua? Or Kurtley Beale, who has struggled? The solution to this problem seems obvious, but they have the problem of selecting the team for next weekend’s Test against the Lions.
After the shock defeat in Christchurch, some of the Wallabies vs All Blacks Live Stream are questioning whether it was down to matchups against All Blacks, or the players not believing in their own ability. This question of which team should be selected was also raised after a discussion with Super Rugby coaches who were upset that the Wallabies hadn’t picked enough experienced players, and that the Selectors were reluctant to make changes despite the fact that the Wallabies had enjoyed a long run in the form.
So what about Australia is currently causing such consternation? There is one answer to that question, and it’s obvious: lack of team spirit. Of course, the Wallabies are not alone in this, but the fact that it is being brought up shows how seriously some rugby followers take their sport.