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Quade and rugby magic

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Is Michael Cheika planning on bringing Will Genia and Quade Cooper back into the Wallaby test team. Cheika coached the Waratahs to 2014 success with Bernard Foley at fly-half. Foley is the incumbent but is Cheika going to replace him?
What benefits does Quade Cooper bring to a rugby team? Anyone who has seen him in good form knows that he totally dominates a game. He has the ability to draw defenders onto him. He can step past players in the tightest of spaces. He off-loads out of the tackle thus releasing players around him. He identifies swiftly where the holes are to attack. He has numerous kicks in his arsenal, loves the banana kick.
Quade Cooper is not all good though. He isn’t very good at defending his channel and is often switched with the full-back to cover this weakness. He isn’t all that fond of the grafter type work such as clearing out rucks. Discipline can be a problem.
Obviously there are far more advantages to having Quade Cooper in your team than disadvantages. Quade Cooper plays heads up rugby, he plays off the cuff rugby like no one else. How well does he stick to a gameplan though? This goes back to an age old discussion in rugby team vs individual.
The Wallabies may not have been getting the results this year but they have been performing really well. Notably when they drew with the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship. Who has been steering the ship? Bernard Foley. Foley has been good as far as he is good at making the machine work. He is a hard working ,passionate player and does have a smidgen of x-factor to his game.
Bernard Foley is the Waratahs fly-half. Waratahs of course winning the Super 15 coached by Michael Cheika.
So I look at the Wallaby team selected to face the Baa Baas. I feel Cheika wants to separate the wheat from the chaff. Questions like are Ben Alexander and Ben Robinson still in the running for next years world cup? How quickly will Henry Speight fit in? How far along is Will Genia with his comeback? Who will put their hand up to be included in the Test 22? I do think the most important question is, Is Quade Cooper going to be the Wallaby first choice fly-half?
The key to answer the question of first choice No 10 will be is Will Genia back. If he is , then Michael Cheika would be foolish not to pair him up with his Reds teammate.
I feel with the advancements that the Wallabies have made with their all round game. Genia and Cooper could be explosive. This game against the Barbarians could prove pivotal to the Wallaby World Cup campaign

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