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Christy Doran

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Christy has been covering rugby since 2014 after falling in love with the game in 2010 during a year in England. He was employed at Fox Sports from 2015 and worked at News Corp across two stints. During his time at Fox Sports, he was a prolific newsbreaker and published regularly in The Australian. He also covered the Tokyo Olympics for News Corp. Not shy of setting the agenda, he wants to cover rugby from all angles: from Super Rugby and sevens to the international game.

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Good question beyond 2023. France did in 2019. Albeit Galthie came in late in the picture. Clarity the key.

Bring back Beale: Tahs veteran the key to fixing Wallabies' astounding lack of attacking variety

Foley and Beale are good players but they weren’t helped when being selected for the ‘19 campaign when out of form. The selectors weren’t aligned either. It helped none of them, and tarnished the long-term views of everyone involved. But it doesn’t mean they’re bad players or coaches.

Bring back Beale: Tahs veteran the key to fixing Wallabies' astounding lack of attacking variety

Agree with your overall sentiment, however, Ireland are heavily reliant on Sexton too. Even still, Australia has been way too complacent when it comes to talent ID.

EXCLUSIVE: 'I had my go' - The ex-Wallaby who drove Ireland to No.1 and why he's rejected an SOS from RA

I’m glad you enjoyed it. Cheers.

EXCLUSIVE: 'I had my go' - The ex-Wallaby who drove Ireland to No.1 and why he's rejected an SOS from RA

Thanks for reading the story. He’s a fascinating man.

EXCLUSIVE: 'I had my go' - The ex-Wallaby who drove Ireland to No.1 and why he's rejected an SOS from RA

Thanks. Wait and see on that front. Appreciate the response. Hopefully plenty of interesting reads ahead on the tour.

'Holy hell, what's he done?': Mack Hansen's breakthrough moment revealed, as McKellar reflects on one who got away

Good to be here! Great broad perspectives of all things Rugby

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

Worked with the All Blacks. Grant Fox. Interestingly John Connolly was Bob Dwyer’s selector during the ‘91 World Cup campaign. Clearly in ‘19 it didn’t work with Cheika, but nothing really did in 2018/19.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

Thanks mate. Appreciate you reading.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

I suppose if you go through my history of news lines, that’ll give you a clue as to whether you believe it or not. Some people don’t like it, but that’s often how news is filtered out from sport to politics to crime.
Anyway, thanks for reading.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

Unfortunately discipline and selection/strategy are linked. If players don’t play with each other, they lose the core understanding of where to be and what teammates do. The Horan/Campese relationship a great one. How did Horan know to loop around Campese, they played with each other. Similarly, hitting rucks and attacking breakdown, where there is space and reloading, requires an intuition of where players are and what they do. A good example is in the 39th min when Mark Nawaqanitawase gets away a flick pass but his teammate didn’t see it coming.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

You’re bang on the money.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

One thing I can guarantee is I’m not an apologist. As for selection of the team, it’s all well and good resting players but you can’t compromise the team. There is a difference between making wholesale changes (12) and subtle tweaks. English and French play 30+ matches a season. There was no reason one or two of the rested players could not have slipped back to the bench.

'Everything's on the table': RA considers Rennie's future, radical selection oversight, after Italy debacle

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