How Dave Rennie’s new look Wallabies are shaping up ahead of facing England
Australia has struggled for consistency and the absence of Will Skelton will leave a big hole, but Quade Cooper is a big threat…how Dave Rennie’s new look is shaping Wallaby’s lead up to England
- Dave Rennie’s Australia wants to give England big trouble
- Quade Cooper has brilliant moments and mature game management
- Rugby league convert Suliasi Vunivalu lines up for his international debut
Dave Rennie’s Australia will be determined to give Eddie Jones’ England a hard time this summer.
Australia has gone through many changes, but will still pose a threat to England.
sports post‘s Nik Simon provides insight into how Australia is developing.
Dave Rennie’s new look on the Australian side will be determined to cause trouble for England
The Wallabies haven’t beaten England since 2015, when they knocked Stuart Lancaster’s team out of their home world championships.
Since taking the job, Eddie Jones has won eight out of eight against his compatriots. England secured a clean sheet with their physical ‘Bodyline’ approach on the 2016 tour, before beating the Wallabies in the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Due to rugby politics and players around the world, Australia has struggled to build roster consistency which is reflected in their results. For this series, Dave Rennie hopes to take advantage of the form of the Brumbies, Jones’s former club, which has hand-picked 15 players from the franchise.
Quade Cooper was sorely missed on the European tour last fall after opting to stay with his club in Japan. The majestic playmaker is on the cusp of taking over the No. 10 jersey again this summer, as powerhouses Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete have also had their Asian contracts canceled.
Cooper suffered a lengthy test exile under Michael Cheika, but Rennie offered him a surprising lifeline for the 2021 Rugby Championship. The veteran, 34, showed he has backed up his moments of individual brilliance with mature game management and solid tactical trap play. .
Quade Cooper can backup individual brilliant moments with mature game management
Former England striker Scott Wisemantel was a hugely popular figure during his 18-month stint with Jones.
The laid-back Aussie masterminded one of England’s most prolific attack spells and, unlike most of Jones’ assistants, decided to leave of his own accord. Expect Wisemantel to develop a fluid game plan. He has worked closely with Owen Farrell and Tom Curry and will try to use the experience to his advantage.
Ex-England forward coach Scott Wisemantel will now try to beat them with Australia
Will Skelton, who has helped La Rochelle to European glory this season, will leave a big gap in the pack.
Former Saracens teammate George Kruis described Skelton as the best lock in the world last week with Maro Itoje. But the Wallabies chose not to select European-based players for the series. Skelton and utility back Kurtley Beale are among the stars to be missed.
ONE TO WATCH
Rugby league convert Suliasi Vunivalu was one of the main squads in Rennie’s squad. The powerful winger, 26, is having a bad hand-off and is about to make his international debut.
Rugby league convert Suliasi Vunivalu lines up to make his international debut for Australia