We take a look at seven reasons as to why the current Wallabies side are in with a shot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup title…
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika seems to have had a hugely positive influence on the current Wallabies squad. His move to include players based overseas shows he is seeing the bigger picture, and the positive noises coming out of the camp could be key for their World Cup hopes.
The return of Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell to the Wallabies side will be a huge boost to an already impressive back line. Their experience of playing European sides on a regular basis could also provide the Wallabies with a key advantage when they play England and Wales in their pool.
The Wallabies have an embarrassment of riches at openside with David Pocock and Michael Hooper the stand out contenders. They can even fall back on George Smith and Liam Gill if necessary. The only problem is how to get the most out of so many talented players.
There are a number of younger players in the Wallabies squad who are all going to be keen to impress ahead of the World Cup. The likes of Taqele Naiyaravoro, Sean McMahon and Samu Kerevi will all be pushing their more established colleagues for a place in the final squad.
Any team with a player like Israel Folau in it stands a chance of challenging for the World Cup, especially if they make the knockout stages. Folau is capable of moments of magic that can turn a game on his head making him a genuine game changer in the Wallabies backline.
The current make-up of the Wallabies backline may be open to debate at this stage, but there’s no doubting the talent available to Michael Cheika. If he can get all his stars hitting form at the right time, the backline has the potential to be absolutely devastating.
There aren’t too many big names missing from the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship, however, have no doubt that players like James O’Connor will be chomping at the bit in the hope of capitalising on any slip-ups or injuries to players within the squad.
Do you think the Wallabies can claim the World Cup title this year?