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The Australian Wallabies Strengths and Weaknesses

The Australian Wallabies have a lot to prove this upcoming Rugby Championship, but how much will their Strengths and Weaknesses benefit or affect the side?

The Australian side is on the road to redemption, and the upcoming 2015 Rugby Championship is the perfect time to form combinations before the Rugby World Cup in England later on this year. The Wallabies are one of the youngest sides to date, and whilst this may be seen as an issue; it will hopefully be the spark that the team needs.   

Strengths

This newly elected Wallabies side screams one word, fresh. The side has a few new recruits as well as majority of the team being under the age of 30. Key individual’s such as skipper Stephen Moore, Michael Hooper, Kurtley Beale and also athlete superstar Israel Folau are all huge inclusions for the Australian side. The Wallabies certainly stand a chance against their fiercest rival the All Blacks when the teams go head-to-head in the phenomenal spectacle during the Rugby Championship in August. It has never been a greater time to be a Wallabies supporter.

Weaknesses

Whilst this is a relativity new team, the majority of the players haven’t had much playing time together. Coach Michael Cheika is also only newly recruited, with his appointment last October after the departure of the team's previous coach. The side will only have a short amount of time before the Rugby Championship begins in Queensland, but this will be the perfect opportunity for individuals to step up to the challenge.

Player to Watch

Even though his birth place may be across the ditch, having Joe Tomane within the Wallabies squad is a huge benefit to the Australian side this upcoming Rugby Championship. During the regular Super Rugby season Joe has proven to be instrumental for the Canberra Brumbies this season, and became the 5th player within the Brumbies to score a hat trick in a match. Within the beginning of the season he did show some signs of weakness under the high ball, but has worked on this immensely over the season to improve. Joe is said to be at his fittest, and coach of the Wallabies Micheal Cheika will most likely utilise this with a position on the wing. 

Facts and Stats

  • The Australian Wallabies are currently ranked 6th within the world for rugby, and is their lowest ever ranking in history

  • Michael Hooper is the youngest person to captain the Wallabies in two decades

  • Israel Folau had the most individual offloads within the 2014 Rugby Championship, with a total of 13.

  • The Wallabies are the youngest team in the Rugby Championship and second youngest on the World Stage with a total of 16% of the team being over the age of 30.