I reckon rugby followers on both sides of the Tasman shouldn’t be too quick to write off the Wallabies after last weekend’s 43-5 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney...
The Kiwi media was brutal in its caning of the young Aussie team, with one columnist describing them as ‘boys against men’. He was spot on. That’s exactly what they were, just as the current All Blacks were once youngsters finding their way in Test rugby.
Australia’s new coach Dave Rennie has made no secret of the fact that he is putting together an inexperienced squad with an eye to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, by which time his ‘boys’ will have matured while many of the current bunch of Kiwis will be coming to the end of their careers.
With the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup match to be played at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night the next big step in the Wallabies education process will be played out, and from what we have seen so far, the raw material is very much there.
Young Queensland backrower Harry Wilson has shown he has what it takes to become a mainstay of Wallaby sides for years to come and no-one could doubt the potential of exciting Reds halfback Tate McDermott after his impressive cameo in Sydney. The same can be said of their Queensland team-mate Fraser McReight who got a run late in the game and Reds captain Liam Wright who got his chance in Game ll.
Add them to the players who had already started their Test rugby journeys prior to this season and I reckon we'll be getting a glimpse of a bright Wallaby future in action at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
What do YOU reckon?