The Wallabies World Cup draw has me excited

Well that worked out okay didn't it?

The Wallabies have drawn, surprise surprise, Wales and Fiji for the third consecutive World Cup.

It sets up almost the same as 2019's draw, remember we beat Fiji pretty well but then lost to Wales in a tight one.

That had us finishing second in the pool and having to play England in the quarter-final, which of course, we lost.

Being Top of Pool C is the difference between playing the Poms or the Pumas in the Quarters, that's if everything goes according to the script.

The results from the last couple of month's of test rugby aren't exactly what we wanted, we got the win against the AB's in Brisbane when referee Nic Berry handed out red cards like they were Christmas presents.

Two draws with the Pumas were uninspiring, to say the least.

But there's plenty to be excited about with this young Wallabies side.

Front row looks strong and I think we've unearthed a good one in young Angus Bell. Thrown into the deep end at the age of 20, he held his own.

We might be a bit thin in the second row, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will be 27 in 2023, he'll be there, not sure who will join him. Will Izack Rodda come back, maybe Harry Hockings, who knows?

The back row looks flush with options. Lachie Swinton made a statement, albeit cut short prematurely, while the Reds due of Wright, McReight and Wilson are the future.

Then of course there's the skipper, Michael Hooper. You'd think the 2023 World Cup will be his swansong, perhaps the Wallabies can send him out a winner - wouldn't that be nice.

To my eye, the backline got better as the Tri-Nations went on.

Nic White was okay, James O'Connor was pretty good but if I had one request for Dave Rennie, it would be to have Tate McDermott a permanent part of the Wallabies side. Even if it is off the bench, he adds a lot of energy, he can do some pretty special things - he needs to be there.

The centre pairing of Paisami and Petaia looked dangerous, but you'd presume Samu Kerevi will be knocking on the door to play in the World Cup.

There's strength in the outside backs, tremendous wing options in Koroibete, Daugunu and Suliasi Vunivalu - who comes across from rugby league and for the #15 jersey, Tom Banks, Reece Hodge and I think a real bolter will be Reds fullback, Jock Campbell who improved out of sight in 2020.

What about Reece Hodge, seriously. Sure, he missed a few kicks but he played just about every position in the side and carried the Wallabies for the most part with his boot - lay off the guy!

Fiji and Wales in the group stages and then a quarter-final date with the Pumas.

Looks a nice enough recipe to me.

In Dave Rennie we trust.

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