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Dave Rennie selection for Australian team, problems, analysis, loss vs Argentina

It is often said that to be a good test coach you must first be a good selector.

Dave Rennie’s biggest job in the next month is getting the election right.

If he doesn’t, his winning percentage won’t exceed 40 percent — the lowest percentage of any Walleye coach since the game turned professional.

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It’s a shocking picture that doesn’t quite paint the picture, but unless there’s gradual improvement on the field, it’s all about winning and losing in professional sports.

A year away from the World Cup, Rennie has big selection decisions to make in the same two fly-half and fullback positions that plagued the Wallabies’ campaign in Japan in 2019.

Quade Cooper’s injury has clouded the situation, but with a season-ending injury in mind, the Colts will have to plan for life without him. If he returns in time, it will only be a bonus.

For now, though, Rennie seems self-absorbed.

The Warriors let Argentina’s golden opportunity slip away in the second Test in San Juan on Sunday after a comprehensive victory in the first seven days ago.

While the Wallis were slow out of the blocks for the first time, with several big names sidelined, Rennie’s side could not finish strongly as Michael Cheka’s Los Pumas scored two late tries to seal a 48-17 bonus point win. San Juan

After losing the Rugby Championship to Argentina on August 14, Australia's players looked depressed.  (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
After losing the Rugby Championship to Argentina on August 14, Australia’s players looked depressed. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The 31-point defeat was the Wallabies’ heaviest against Argentina and was more than the 15-point deficit in 1983.

It only serves to highlight the noise surrounding Rennie’s choices.

Noah Lolesio may not have wowed the world in Sydney with his decision against England, but the decision to leave the rising 22-year-old on tour to Argentina has the potential to dent his confidence.

In the absence of Cooper and several leaders in the squad, including Michael Hooper, Allan Alalatoa, Dave Porecki and Samu Kerevi, the decision to introduce experienced player James O’Connor at San Juan was the right one.

But Lolesion was unusual in the absence of both matchday squads against Argentina, particularly O’Connor with reduced playing minutes and specialist center Ire Simon heading overseas.

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Not long after that, he led the Colts in their first Test against England in Perth. He wasn’t a liability in Brisbane either, where the Walleyes squandered a number of huge chances.

Tanila Tupu is yet to dominate a game in the No.3 jersey, but he looks set to become the next million dollar man in Australian rugby.

Lolesio, on the other hand, seems to have been sidelined as soon as the results went wrong. But it is a far-sighted thought.

Rugby Australia have only muddied the waters ahead of re-signing Axing Lolesio ahead of the series against England.

The worst thing about Australian rugby is that there is no Test grade playmaker in the 24 to 31 age group.

The swing of selection, especially when O’Connor and Cooper are prone to injury, can hurt his confidence – although he wants to learn to play more politely, see the position at the back and take the ball further down the line. .

Australia’s Wallis coach Dave Rennie watched during the warm-up. (Photo by Juan Mbaromata / AFP)Source: AFP

Now Bernard Foley could be called up to the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship squad as one of three overseas selections when he is named later in the week.

At least with Foley, the 32-year-old, who is back in action after a few years in Japan, has proven his body can handle the rigors of playing week after week.

Fullbacks, too, are still a problem, as seen in San Juan where Tom Wright suffered a horrendous injury.

Wright is a gifted runner of the ball and has the skills to play, but he has been offered valuable minutes in the number 15 jersey for both the Brumbies and the Wallabies. Talk about inadequate planning, especially when it was announced that Tom Banks was going overseas months ago.

While Wright shone in the TRC opener, for once Michael Cheka’s side saw the benefit of kicking – and the move paid off as he proved a nightmare under the high ball and positioning.

Wright had one of the best performances for the Wolves against England but was not tested with the high ball in his short time at the position.

Confusedly, Rennie returned from the No.15 jersey in Brisbane, Jordan Petaya, who was not sure whether he was ready for the role after he was concussed in the opening minutes of the second Test. against England.

Australian Wallabies flanker Fraser McCright (C) reacts with teammates wing Jordan Petaya (2-R), flyhalf James O’Connor (R) and scrumhalf Tat McDermott. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)Source: AFP

Instead, Rennie opted for Wright in the number 15 shirt and placed Petaya, who has been considered a long-term fullback option for years, on the wing with the Argentine.

Andrew Kellaway, who has not played since his performance against England in Perth, would have worn the number 15 jersey in Brisbane had it not been for a hamstring injury.

He is understood to be looking to qualify for the Springboks Test at Adelaide Oval on August 27 but has only started one Test at the venue.

The decision to include Simeone on the San Juan bench was even more perplexing when someone like Suliasi Vunivalu was considered.

Vannivalu was given a few minutes on the bench against England in Sydney.

Hodge covered 10 in Mendoza and was supposed to be O’Connor’s backup in San Juan, but he could easily have moved into the centers. That leaves room for Lolecio or Vunivalu.

What’s next for Harry Wilson?

The Reds’ back-rower provides a talented ball runner and difference scorer. But he was burned playing blindside against England.

For now Jed Holloway looks like a good choice and has the physical profile to provide the Wallabies balance.

Rennie are likely to return up to seven players for their next Test.

Hookers Porecki and Folau Fainga’a (concussion), as well as props Alaalato (personal reasons), Scott Sio (shoulder) and Angus Bell (finger) and back-rowers Paisami (concussion) and Kellaway are all shaping up to be fit to play. The Springboks.

It helps the Wallabies’ deep reserves, but makes selection even more important.

Renee has some important decisions to make.

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