Rogers’s pivotal plea

Mat Rogers believes that the experimental Wallabies backline that played on tour needs more time to develop.

Matt Giteau has been lauded for his role at scrumhalf and Stephen Larkham looked comfortable at inside centre, but the main criticism was of Rogers at flyhalf. Despite the flak, the Waratahs utility back has come out saying he hopes that he is given another chance to wear the No 10 jersey for Australia. After just two games in the first-receiver channel, he was axed, which he felt was unfair.

“It was tough,” he said. “The blokes that were on there, sometimes we’d look at each other expecting someone to do something and nothing would really get done.

“Our communication probably wasn’t great at times, but to think that those things are all going to click after two games, you are kidding yourself.

“If you are going to have success with that combination, we need to give it more time.”

Rogers went on to explain his performance in the games against Wales and Italy, where Australia drew and scraped home respectively. He accepted the fact that their would be experimentation on this tour, but would have preferred to remain in one position.

“The first game [against Wales] was pretty good. I don’t think anyone in the second game was very good against Italy. I was a bit disappointed not to get another opportunity, but so be it.

“I would have liked to have played in one position for the entire tour but it wasn’t the case. It’s a team game though, so you’ve got to try and find the right mix, that’s what the coaches are trying to do.

“They [the coaches] are new to the job and there’s a lot of new players. I guess we will just have to wait and see what comes of it next year when we get back together.”

Larkham was restored to flyhalf in the Tests against Ireland and Scotland, but Rogers has not been discouraged, and hopes a good run at flyhalf for the Waratahs in the Super 14 will force the Wallaby management to reconsider him as a possibility.

“I definitely want to play flyhalf for the Waratahs and hopefully with form there, I will go into an Australian campaign with some runs on the board,” Rogers said.