Australia’s Squad for Rugby World Cup 2011

Robbie Deans has named his final 30-man squad for their Rugby World Cup 2011 campaign.

Following the news that Matt Giteau was hanging up his boots after failing to make selection, Rocky Elsom has been demoted as captain in favour of James Horwill.

Many see the Aussies as the All Blacks’ only real challengers in the World Cup – can this squad bring home Bill for Australia?

Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad
Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, Salesi Ma’afu, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Saia Faingaa, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Nathan Sharpe, Dan Vickerman, Rocky Elsom, David Pocock, Scott Higginbotham, Cliff Palu, Radike Samo, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Luke Burgess, Nick Phipps, Quade Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Pat McCabe, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Anthony Faingaa, Rob Horne, James O’Connor, Digby Ioane, Drew Mitchell, Kurtley Beale.

16 thoughts on “Australia’s Squad for Rugby World Cup 2011

  1. Carrying on from Paul’s post on the giteau article – faingaa is awesome, a completely different centre to giteau and v little experience but I would have picked him. I wouldn’t have picked McCabe or Barnes. McCabe is average at everything, solid club player. I don’t really understand the Horwill captaincy, he said he was surprised when it was announced. Weird. Maybe Deans doesn’t think Elsom figures in his best back-row.

    1. couldnt disagree more about mccabe.
      hes looked the real deal in every game ive seen him play in.

      does the basics well.

      Also, i though berrick barnes was out of the game with concussion?

      1. Medically, Barnes was cleared to play halfway through the Super 15 season, but elected not to do so until he was ready.

        He’s since come back to play for Sydney Uni and has apparently done pretty well.

        He’s not the only gamble. Drew Mitchell, Cliffy Palu, Polota-Nau – all recovering. Clearly they’ve passed the fitness tests but there’s not much 2011 game time between them!

        Nick Phipps – fcken waterboy. Not a bad super 15 season, but he’s still cleaning his undies after the Samoan debacle.

    2. i think thats a great team but i think matt getto should be there but it dose matter the all blacks are going to win this saturday and the world cup. but why is James Horwill captin not Rocky Elsom. but good to james horwill

  2. I think McCabe is pretty handy in midfield actually, and he puts in some big hits which can’t be said for all of the backs. He’s also had some game time now which helps his cause.

    I can understand Elsom being demoted. Is he the best option in the back row these days? You could say England and South Africa have similar captaincy issues, but don’t have the balls to do anything about it.

  3. Horwill’s promotion to captaincy is bloody good news. The Rock needs to get his mongrel back. His position is under pressure, he’s made some questionable decisions as captain and he just hasn’t been leading by example. Looking at this and the dropping of Giteau, you can see what Deans is doing – reinforcing the winning attitude. I’m no Queenslander but Big Kev is a man people will follow.

  4. Agreed. The Reds have been so succesful this season, so it makes sense to have one of them as skipper. Rocky plays best when he’s angry, so maybe Deans is trying to get him going again.

  5. Interesting that there is no back up number 7. Hodgson’s a surprise omission. Dingo clearly expects counter-rucking to be more important that fetching.

  6. Sorry to see Rocky demoted, but maybe no bad thing – gives him something to fight for. If Australia are going to challenge in this RWC they need him there – he’ll have even more determination to prove himself, and he’s such an important player in that pack. Some fella called O’Driscoll claimed he was the best player he ever played with.
    I like the look of McCabe, but if Drew Mitchell is fit, will there be a bit more O’Connor-shuffling?

  7. Disagree on McCabe, would go for Faingaa without hesitation. If Australia stick with that Reds 9-10-12 axis they’ll do very well, particularly with O’Connor, AAC and Beale outside.

    Great quality at hooker and the second row, Dan Vickerman has done well to make the squad. Ben Alexander and James Slipper would be my starting props.

    1. you dont need mozart @ 12 , you need Duran duran.
      solid steady output , doing all the basics well, not too much flash.

      all the RWC winning sides have them: De Villers, Greenwood, Horan etc

      thats why id have maccabe. he doesnt seem to make mistakes

  8. Does Tom Carter never get a look in with the Wallabies? I think he’s very good.

    Hutch you must be confusing Pat McCabe with the McCabe that plays in the Jonah Lomu all stars team that you unlock when you complete all the challenges. The one in the Oz squad has nothing special about him, he’s not quick, not big, his hands aren’t great. He tackles and runs straight (whilst weirdly lolling his head to one side) and that’s it.

    1. Pat McCabe is rather one dimensional and to make matters worse for a strike runner he doesnt break the advantage line often enough. But i would take him. Anthony Fainga on the other hand is a revelation. Australia’s own Isea Toiava. Fast, explosive, but also a very effective strike runner. Adam Ashley cooper is just by a looooong shot the best center in Australia. Whats the deal with Rod Davies? Is he injured or why isnt he here

  9. I wonder who Deans will prefer, Ioane or Mitchell.
    Good decision by changing captains, Rocky is a soldier not a colonel. Hope James is up for the task.
    I honestly don’t understand the omission of Matt, he is a world class player.
    Cooper is also a bit of a worry for me in terms of his ability to handle pressure.
    All in all, the Aussies look like a force to be reckoned with.

  10. Than you Australia for a wonderfull game. You did all that you could in trying to beat New Zealand. Just a small tip,STOP LOOSING the ball……or and all the best in playing with Wales……………

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