Another season. Another endless debate. George Gregan, the world’s most capped test player, surely must want retirement now.
If only to stop having to read how good or ordinary he is, depending on who you speak to.
In another day of endless banter about the qualities or lack thereof Gregan has had to endure Joost van der Westhuizen telling the world the Wallabies captain is scared of contact, Nick Farr-Jones telling the Australian selectors to pick Matt Giteau at scrumhalf and Sam Cordingley, his fiercest rival for the Wallabies jersey, telling the media King George cannot be replaced.
“You don’t replace that kind of experience,” Cordingley told the Aussie media. And closer to home Brumbies and Wallabies flyhalf Stephen Larkham said there isn’t a scrumhalf in Australian rugby he would rather partner. He said Gregan’s service was still the best and that he still had plenty to offer.
Gregan has played in all three the Brumbies matches this season, but his form has been steady and not spectacular.
With new Wallabies coach John Connolly a big Cordingley fan, Gregan may well not have to read much more about the merits and cons of his play. But for the next three months every Monday will bring with it an epitaph or 10. Of that he can be sure.