The Department of Defence
1. Gary Belcher
2. Israel Folau
3. Tom Trbojevic
4. Gene Miles
5. Latrell Mitchell
6. Benji Marshall
7. Ricky Stuart
8. Petero Civoniceva
9. Andrew Johns
10. Steve Roach
11. Ian Roberts
12. Tonnie Carroll
13. Brandon Smith
14. Duane Mann
15. Russle Packer
16. Matt Rua
17. Shaun Kenny-Dowall
Coach: Genghis Khan,
Home ground: parts unknown.
Well it all starts upfront folks and Civoniceva and Roach need no introduction- the two most dominant and decorated props of their generation. Men mountains with ball skills and bad intentions.
Speaking of bad intentions….. their replacement Russle “fudge” Packer- Soaked in urine and looking to stomp MFs- a propping rotation nightmares are made of.
In the back row two of the biggest hitters of all time- Ian Roberts and Tonnie Carroll- when these two were on the field, people ran the other way but there’s no respite because spelling them is 5 x winner of the players poll biggest hitter- Matt Rua- there’s no where to hide.
I wrestled with the decision to move Joey Johns the greatest ever halfback to hooker- I knew he had played there a lot for NSW but after researching the idea discovered he actually played 12 of his 25 test matches at hooker- this guy was born to play football and won the 96 grand final for Newcastle with a dart from dummy half in the dying seconds of one of the most famous games of all time.
There’s a beautiful balance in the halves with master game manager Ricky Stuart utilizing his unmatched kicking and passing games to free up the genius of Benji Marshall.
The outside backs are giants with pace and skill- Miles, turbo, Latrell and Izzy- wtf is that! Scary shit.
The classy Gary Belcher claims the number 1 jersey ahead of some stiff competition- his speed and elusive running style complimented by his cool head and safe hands- the total package.
This team is scary- u don’t want them running at u and u definitely don’t wanna be running at them- big men with power and timing who hit hard right across the park.
On attack the width of passing is gonna tear teams apart- u can be hitting one edge then a 20 meter ball from johns hits stuart who throw an even longer ball that hits Benji on the chest on the other edge- that’s a two pass shift and now u have one of the greatest attacking players of all time counting numbers with turbo on his shoulder, Belcher out the back and Folau the long ball option- how do u stop that?
Shift it the other way and gene miles and Latrell are the targets- unfathomable.