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Experts: Wallabies Grand Slam predictions

Experts: Wallabies Grand Slam predictions

GREEN AND GOLD RUGBY EXCLUSIVE

It’s been 25 years since we last had a crack at a Grand Slam (why?) and won it. So can Australia do it again with the current Wallabies mob? G&GR talked to a number of Aussie rugby experts, and here’s what they came up with:

Lote Tuqiri Ex-Wallaby “I’m hoping for a clean sweep but i do worry about the Welsh and the Irish on home soil. Totally different rugby up there as u know..Sharpey will b a massive loss in the tight 5, lineout calling etc, We just really need to assert some authority in that area.”

Bob Dwyer
SuperCoach

“The Wallabies could have a turn-around on this tour. I sense a new air of determination on the part of the coaching staff to ensure the “new” style of play that they have been seeking, and on the part of the captain to support this.
I’m guessing two wins – v England and Scotland – a draw – v Wales – and a loss – v Ireland. Given my woeful tipping record, this should give us the Grand Slam.”

Peter Hewat
Ex-Tah

“Aus to beat a depleted Eng side, win a tough game against Ire, beat Scotland well and go to Milennium and narrowly miss winning grand slam.”


Rupert Guinness
Journo SMH

“The Wallabies will win 3/4, but trip up against Ireland; but England always a danger no matter what the form guide says.”


Mark Cashman
Inside Rugby
“Injuries to all the home nations could well work in the Wallabies favour. Of all the games Ireland will be the toughest”


iain paytenIain Payten
Journo
The Telegraph

“Grand Slam? Do-able, but only if Aus forwards get so mongrel-dog they need rabies shots. NZ bullied us and uk teams will try it on too. Danger team: Wales”


Phil Lutton
Journo
Brisbane Times

“A non-event in Tokyo, some old fashioned force-em-backs in Europe, acres of UK press coverage bagging our scrum and Gits sulking – lots.”


UK Telegraph

“Plumb last in the Tri-Nations with only one win from six to their name, this is hardly a golden era for Australian rugby. They are like a punch-drunk boxer on the verge of a knockout blow. All three of Ireland, Wales, and even injury-ravaged England, will be targeting an Aussie scalp.”


In short, it’s not looking good for the guys in Green and Gold. I can’t even find odds on them doing it, is no-one crazy enough to put money on it?

For me, all of the home nation teams, apart from Scotland, are a realistic threat. England, and to a lesser extent Wales, are  hamstrung by injuries and these new enforced combinations should provide an edge to a Wallabies side that’s been together for a while now.

This brings you to Ireland, in front of 80,000 plus at the historic Croke Park. There’s a history to the Irish reeling the Wallabies to close, scrappy games. Here you’d say that the battle hardened Irish tight 5 and kicking options give them the advantage.

For me, it’ll be 3/4 to the Wallabies therefore. Close, but no cigar. What about you?

England
@MattRowley

Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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