Will old age and betrayal defeat youth and skill?

While Dave Rennie oozes confidence, credibility and now results, the announcement by the Wallabies team to tour the Northern Hemisphere in the coming weeks is puzzling.

Are these selections the work of a genius, carefully mapping out a fairy tale of more redemption stories to add to chapters by James Slipper, James O’Connor, and most recently Pete Samu, Quade Cooper, Tom Robertson, Andrew Kellaway, and to a lesser extent? Greg Holmes?

Is Rennie looking for a mature team like the one the English and South Africans have routinely brought to the Rugby World Cup?

Or are these teams too shortsighted, with a focus on wanting to win as much football as possible in the short term to build credibility?

There are 12 old players on this team coming to Rugby World Cup 2023 will be over 30 years old, the proverbial rugby hill: Rory Arnold, Quade Cooper, Jake Gordon, Michael Hooper, Samu Kerevi, Tolu Latu, Pete Samu, Will Skelton, James Slipper, James O’Connor, and Nic White.

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As I read to the team, a song by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson came to mind, titled “Old Age and Betrayal” and about how those qualities “always outweigh youth and ability.”

Will it be Dave Rennie’s golden army or will it become daddy’s army? In the words of Willie and Waylon, will the tour prove that the “get up and go” of these dozen old Wallabies “got up and went”?

Fortunately, in the modern game there are eight, yes, more than half a team, reserves, or should I say finishers.

While they are playing there will be a lot of video referee references and false injuries to allow so many two minute drinking breaks that World Rugby might need to introduce a bathroom break. Certainly there is less risk of a rugby match breaking out amid this lack of wear and tear.

Certainly, there is a clear decision to bring experience, regardless of whether people have stayed in Australian rugby in the hope of being rewarded or if they have seized the opportunity to sign a lucrative contract abroad.

It was unthinkable at the start of this year’s Wallabies testing season that Will Skelton, Rory Arnold, Quade Cooper, Tolu Latu and Sean McMahon were named to this team.

This is in contrast to the tradition of many national teams of resting at least some of their proven players and sending development squads on their off-season tour, as France recently did to Australia.

Rennie’s selection of so many players who are either established players in Australia or former Wallabies now overseas seems to be a statement that these players can be tested, but not necessarily for him.

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Rennie appears to be his own man in this regard, making incumbent Michael Hooper earn his role as captain and ditching Harry Wilson and his apparent backup number eight, Isi Naisarani.

Equally surprising, the fountain of youth, for now, has been exhausted and the players of the future, such as Harry Wilson, Noah Lolesio, Fraser McReight and even Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, have stayed home at home.

His luck is to fight up-and-coming Super Rugby players, unthinkingly completing a Super Rugby preseason.

Hungry for a mid-level NRC-type rugby, wasn’t there enough budget for a development tour, with the rest of the world emerging from the pandemic?

Only two players are under 23 and both are regular test team picks: Jordan Petaia at 21 years and 14 tests and Angus Bell at 21 years and 12 tests. Neither really counts as development picks.

However, each squad needs one or two bolters and if there is one position that is not resolved, it is hooker.

I’m not sure there were too many full-time Wallabies fans who would have heard of Brumby Connal McInerney.

Not only has Latu been removed from the desert, but only Folau Fainga’a remains of the four or five prostitutes tested in the Wallabies this season.

Len Ikitau of the Wallabies celebrates after scoring a try

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With the Giteau law, the idea of ​​staying in Australian rugby to put the Wallabies’ jersey first is fast becoming a thing of the past.

Similarly, the coming of age of players like Andrew Kellaway and Will Skelton after stints abroad is calling into question the superiority of Super Rugby competition and its ability to develop players to their potential.

Watch this slot for the Super Rugby season, with the likes of Jed Holloway and Ned Hanigan who have yet to add their own chapters to the trade list. Liam Gill will follow.

The selection of shirts 12 and 15 will also be interesting to see. Rennie and Taylor must have gotten a good look at Irae Simone and are now focused elsewhere. Hunter Paisami can return to the 12th jersey against Japan and Scotland, while Samu Kerevi regains his ankle.

Alternatively, Rennie and Taylor will likely choose to answer questions about Lalakai Foketi and Izaia Perese at the next level, with Kerevi and Len Ikitau tested.

The Reece Hodge case inside the center would be more about Jordan Petaia’s much-discussed experiment as a winger. This may require Hodge to return to the custodial role against the greats, England and Wales.

The demise of the NRC, Giteau law, an Australian national as a coach, the game was opened when all 15 players who started the match became fatigued and the midweek games on the tour are a thing of the past.

The gift of some cheap test jerseys has become part of the rugby landscape.

All in all, this team seems more like a safe bet for coaches who need to keep their jobs. This is far from the truth, as Dave Rennie and his skilled assistant Matt Taylor have already proven themselves.

In no time at the helm, they have led the team to number three in the world rankings, including two scalps from world champion South Africa, a competitive Argentina and a very capable young Frenchman.

Should Rennie, or should I say it is Rennie: Are you building to win the 2023 World Cup in France?

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