Wallabies drooling over BOD

2011-09-13 14:19

Auckland - The prospect of matching up against Irish superstar centre Brian O'Driscoll this weekend has the Wallaby contenders drooling over winning the nod for the coveted number 13 jersey.

Wing Digby Ioane's sidelining with a fractured thumb has opened up several selection options at outside centre for the Wallabies in their defining pool game against Ireland at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Adam Ashley-Cooper, Anthony Faingaa or possibly James O'Connor are all in the frame to earn selection against one of world rugby's genuine stars in the inspirational Irish captain.

"I'm sure whoever gets the 13 jersey this week will be very excited to face Brian," utility back Ashley-Cooper told reporters on Tuesday.

"Because that's what you want to do. If you want to be the best you've got to compete against the best and Brian has been on top of his game for so long he's regarded as one of the best centres in the world."

The 33-year-old talismanic O'Driscoll has won two European Cups with Leinster, captained Ireland to only their second Five/Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and three other Triple Crowns, won a record 114 caps and last March broke the 78-year-old Five/Six Nations try record with his 25th.

He was also named as Rugby World magazine’s World Player of the decade.

"He's a superstar of the game. He's done everything, he's been around for a long time and I guess that's the sign of a true great player of this game is longevity and consistency and he's been exactly that," Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia attested.

Crash-tackling Fainga'a, who was selected at 13 in Australia's 32-6 opening win over Italy before being replaced by James O'Connor early in the second half, is hoping he will get the honour of marking his idol.

"It's going to be a fantastic opportunity if I get the chance to play against him," Fainga'a said.

"He's been one of the standout players over the last 10 years and to get that opportunity for myself at a World Cup would just be great.

"Brian directs the play and the defensive play, he's someone that I really idolise and someone who has been great for rugby.

"Brian is just the kind of guy who slips out of tackles. I've been watching footage of him over the last five years and it seems that even when you think you've got him tackled he gets out of it."

O'Driscoll may have won everything on the European rugby stage, but he is determined to set the record straight in the one tournament where he believes he and Ireland have yet to make their mark - the World Cup.

The winner of Saturday's game is likely to win win Pool C and play the runnerup of Pool D in the tournament quarter-finals.

Coach Robbie Deans will announce the Wallabies' lineup on Thursday.


  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-13 14:27

    Go Ireland!

      Lucky Strike - 2011-09-13 14:42

      They better not go. They need to arrive on time and all together so that they can teach the Wallabies a lesson. Up the Irish!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-13 15:38

      lol... ok then, Up the Irish! :)

      OutbackJack - 2011-09-14 01:41

      Dream on mate.

      Chris in Oz - 2011-09-14 03:49

      No, the Wallabies should win this one. It would be so much better beating them in the final than flogging them in the QF.

  • Coconut - 2011-09-13 14:45

    May the Irish Leprechaun breathe favourably on the Irish team and show the Aussies a trick by giving them a good klap. Go the Irish.

  • Colin Klinkert - 2011-09-13 14:56

    Downside is if Ireland beat Aus, we face them in QF.. for that reason I want Aus to win

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-13 15:39

      No matter who we face in the QF it will be no walk in the park.

      roboman1 - 2011-09-15 15:25

      I would like Aus in the QF then New Zealand in the Semis and France in the Final, just to prove a point. The Bokke rule

  • jk - 2011-09-13 15:08

    ja o'discdrol, you couldnt do anything against the french lately...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-13 15:44

      @jk - the French rugby team are good for 2 things only: 1) Beating NZ when it counts, and 2) The Dieux de Stade calendar (from a female perspective of course). That's about it.

      jk - 2011-09-13 16:08

      so...what more you looking for in life??

  • Janco - 2011-09-13 15:28

    Wouldn't that be something if the Irish luck smiled upon the Irish on Saturday??? I would love to see the Ausies go down to Ireland then go down to Wales, if they make it, in the QF ...... I can dream, can't I?

      jk - 2011-09-13 15:38

      wont happen...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-13 15:41

      For the Wobblies to meet Wales they would have to win their Pool, which would mean Ireland must lose to them......technically (yes, bonus points and few other scenarios can change things) But the way it stands Wobblies must beat Ireland to meet Wales. If Ireland beat Wobblies and Italy, WE will be meeting the Wobblies in the QF's (if we don't lose any games)

      jk - 2011-09-13 16:09

      france needs to end 2nd in their group

      Janco - 2011-09-13 16:11

      @Saffa-cat, darn-it, sorry, got my QF games mixed up ..... Well it was a very nice thought while it lasted! OK, let's hope the Irish trash the "Wobblies" as you so beautifully stated, at least then I'll have something to drink too!

      Janco - 2011-09-13 16:15

      @JK - "france needs to end 2nd in their group" what, so that they can face England in the QF and most probably Aus in the Semis?? Unfortunately they'll most probably go down in the Semis.

      jk - 2011-09-13 16:20

      france by 8 in the final...

      Janco - 2011-09-13 16:31

      @JK - and what if history repeats itself and they beat the ABs?? Also another exciting thought. I'd rather face the French than the ABs in the Semis.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-13 16:34

      @Janco - ROTFLMAO.ANYONE beating the Wobblies is always an opportunity to get hammered :) - must be honest though, I'm cheering Wobbly this weekend - would rather meet the Irish in the QF's (at this stage....with our chaps looking as though they will need up until the QF's to find some form)

      Janco - 2011-09-13 16:39

      @SAFFA, I don't know if I want to face the Irish in the QF but it is certainly better than facing the Aussies. I'm a bit wary of that Irish scrum, especially after what they did to the USA scrum, they are magnificent. My heart is screaming Ireland but my head says Wobbly but time will tell.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-13 16:50

      @Janco - All I know is, I can't wait for tomm morning 4.30am - 1st look at Samoa and Kahn Foutali'i (one of my fave players) I'm also looking forward to seeing the Georgian forwards possibly smash the Scots (when one thinks of what the Romanian forwards did to them) - keep you eye on the Georgian No 8 - nightmare on Elm street se moer. Russia too will not be as pathetic as some are expecting...... (the 2 days between games has dragged.....) Then time to catch our breath before the next games.

      Janco - 2011-09-13 17:12

      Could not agree more nor have put it better!

      sandy.ware1 - 2011-09-13 23:33 can...dream that is

  • Sly Bacon - 2011-09-13 17:54

    Go the Irish.........teach those arrogant Wobblies something about rugby and soften them up for us!!!!!! Kidney versus things happen with the oval ball !!

      OutbackJack - 2011-09-14 01:46

      Well you're so arrogant you select a hippo at hooker. Funny how you label someone arrogant when you always lose against them. Don't worry mate, you'll get over it.

  • cupid - 2011-09-13 19:25

    Have a feeling 90% of those going to Eden Park will be kiwis supporting the Irish. I hope they do give it to them but them again, Ireland cant just rely solely on BOD. The Irish need to do one thing above anything else-target and cut Cooper in half with good solid rush defense. We all know Cooper is the one and only single engine that makes the Wallaby attack function. Take him out and the Wallabies are just an average team. I notice against Italy he set up all their tries.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-09-13 20:13

    I did not know the whole Australian rugby side was gay.

      OutbackJack - 2011-09-14 01:49

      Must hurt even more then when you always lose against a "gay" side hey Barry.

      Barry Edwards - 2011-09-14 05:43

      @OutbackJack...As long as you see the funny side of my comment I got no problem... Aussies have to favorites to get into the final this year.

  • foxyojambo - 2011-09-14 00:51

    lets go wallabies!!!

  • Auds - 2011-09-14 02:20

    I remember my afrikaans friends calling their girl friends their ( bokkies) so as a wallaby I will be taking my klein spring bokkies to the movies after the Q/F to console them with some kleenex to wipe their snoet en traanner!!!! aag anyway goeie luck my daarlings.

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