AUSTRALIA'S selectors will be forced to make at least one - possibly
two -changes for the Ashes-deciding Third Test at Lang Park on Friday night.
Out of the team is Illawarra winger Rod Wishart, who tore a hamstring in
the second Test.
There is also a question mark over five-eighth Peter Jackson who was
replaced at halftime - apparently because of a persistent knee injury.
Wishart's wing position for the Third Test should go to Brisbane's Willie
Kevin Walters, who replaced Jackson after the break, will get plenty of
consideration as the new five-eighth.
It is hard to understand why the selectors do not name Laurie Daley at
five-eighth. He is one of the best in the world in the position, relishing the
intensity and the involvement.
Daley is certainly better at five-eighth than fullback.
With Daley at five-eighth, Chris Johns could move into the centres, where
he impressed during his try-scoring second half appearance.
The Australian team - cut and dried before the Princes Park Test - has
been thrown wide open after Great Britain's superb display to score a crushing
Certainly several key Australians did not play as well as in the First
Test. The simple reason is that they were not allowed to. Mal Meninga, who
equalled Reg Gasnier's record of 36 Tests, fullback Andrew Ettingshausen and
even Daley had very ordinary matches.
Great Britain were superb, outplaying Australian in every phase.
The turnaround in the Great Britain team in two weeks has been staggering.
Everything Great Britain did, they did with flair, precision and
The all-Wigan pack knew how to win matches, especially in the greasy
conditions, using their pace and understanding to outplay the Australian pack
Coach Bob Fulton pointed out that the Australian team dropped the ball 20
times during the match, and no team, no matter how good they are, can surrender
that amount of possession.
Great Britain coach Mal Reilly has done a incredible job with his team
when you consider that six players have been sent home because of injuries and
the team captain, Ellery Hanley, will not play a match on the tour.
If Great Britain win the Third Test it will not only give them the Ashes
but it will assure they take on Australia in the World Cup final at Wembley in