Who had Reece Hodge playing 10?

Not me.


O'Connor injured, Toomua also injured, Foley overseas, Quade Cooper in Japan, Noah Lolesio dropped to the bench and Stephen Larkham is retired.


So we're left with Reece Hodge to play 10. I believe this is just the second time Hodge has worn the 10 jersey in what will be his 43rd test for Australia.


It's been so long, I sort of forget what he's like at 10. I know he's got a good kicking game and game sense, but from memory he isn't much of a running threat. Would that be about right?


His versatility has often meant he's the ideal candidate to sit on the bench, not this week, Dave Rennie is throwing him into the deep end!



One thing it will allow us to do is take the shot for goal whenever we get a penalty within say 70m of our try line, the guy can kick a ball.


43-5 last Saturday in a diabolical performance, perhaps Rennie is thinking it can't get much worse?


A host of other changes for the Wallabies, Reds pairing Paisami and Petaia will play in the centres, I like that. While Brumbies winger Tom Wright gets his debut on the wing and Waratahs tough man Lachie Swinton is being unleashed on the All Blacks.



That means that Filipo Daugunu and Ned Hanigan move to the bench while young Angus Bell might get his first run in Wallaby Gold, replacing Scott Sio on the pine.


I dare say a majority of Wallabies fans will rejoice, Rob Simmons is back in the starting side with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto ruled out with injury. Did you know this'll be Simmons' 104th test match?


Make of that what you will.


At a press conference this week, Dave Rennie stated the blatantly obvious, suggesting that the Wallabies were really disappointed after last weekend.


I think James Slipper said it best, they need to be able to tackle better. It was nothing short of shithouse last week and is a fairly important part of the game.


You'd love to think the Wallabies could upset the All Blacks, a bit like QLD did to NSW last night. But if we're being realistic, that might be a stretch, this side is young and we need to be patient.


A few important pieces missing for the Wallabies, but let's hope they show up this week.



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