It looks as if Australia may still be without their key forward, David Pocock, for this Friday’s match against the USA. Whilst Winger Digby Ioane is eyeing up a quarter-final return. Both these players are key to a successful Australian World Cup campaign and Pocock’s presence was sorely missed in their 15 to 9 loss to Ireland last weekend, with their scrum seemingly to have engaged reverse at times.
Who would you pick to go head to head with Dan Carter, in a key international match? Well, the French coach, Marc Lievremont has selected the lucky Morgan Parra, who has played a total of 35 minutes at international level in the key pivot role. That’s minutes not matches. We know there’s a fine line between genius and idiot and Lievremont is determined to walk it. Dan Carter must be licking his lips at the prospect of facing such an inexperienced first five-eighth.