Robbie Deans. Is he the man to take the Wallabies to 2015 World Cup?
Can you believe the Wallabies have been under the guidance of Robbie Deans for five years?
What was supposed to be the change to take Wallaby rugby to the next level has been underwhelming.
Losses happen. Even the loss to Samoa last year and to the Scots last week, happen. Wish they didn't, but they do.
What has to be starting to be murmured around the power brokers of the ARU, or even tabled at official discussions, has got to be the status quo of Wallaby rugby over the last five years.
I honestly can't find any area where we have improved, apart from possibly the scrum. And that's not a role Deans would have any influence over, anyway.
And for mine that's the greatest issue with Wallaby rugby. A few loses are acceptable, if we see progress.
The other point is that we have a few coaches around the country that are 'shovel ready' to take the national coaching role. Reds coach Ewan McKenzie and Australian Rugby Union High Performance Manger David Nucifora come to mind.
Everything at the national level in rugby revolves around the four World Cup cycle. And with the next one in England in just over three years, is Robbie the bloke to take us to the Holy Grail?
If he is not, then we need the right bloke in there now. Why wait until next year?
Personally, I think Robbie has had enough time to impart his best on the team. I can't see that changing, and barring some enormous improvement over this year's Rugby Championship (the expanded Tri Nations tournament) it's time for a new chief.
Southern Hemisphere control of IRB?
AS we go about watching the Super Rugby and June Tests, a quiet Southern Hemisphere revolution is going on at the IRB. It appears that Matt Carroll, administrator at the ARU is 'touted' as a real possibility for the Chief Executive role at the peak rugby body.
Should Matt be successful, he'll join Graham Mourie (former All Black captain) and Graham Henry (former 2011 All Black World Cup winning coach) with influential roles on the direction of the game globally.
As far as I'm concerned, the more Southern Hemisphere people we have at Rugby HQ the better for our code.
It is the most international of times
All around the globe at the present time rugby tests are highlighting the true global spread of the game.
Of course we've got the Tests going on in Australia, NZ and South Africa, but we also have the Pacific Nations Cup (Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Japan), Argentina beat Italy last weekend and take on the French tomorrow, and we had Canada beat the USA 28-25 in a belter.
It certainly is the most international of times.